Every once in a while, a player comes along who really captivates and enraptures you like no other. A true hero idolized during their entire playing career and for years afterward. These are the footballers who give us a genuine love for the game.
And at a club like Arsenal, with so much history and tradition, there have been quite a few of these heroes who have come through the doors of Highbury and the Emirates (but mostly Highbury), and many at the same time.
These are the legends, the cult heroes, the players with the biggest and most unforgettable personalities.
Whether they are remembered for a career of excellence and loyalty or just that fleeting moment of sheer brilliance on the grandest stage, they are forever etched in the minds of the Gooners who had the good fortune to witness their exploits.
Here is a list of 5 of those iconic men. I could have provided more, in truth, but time was unfortunately a prohibitive factor. If you have any suggestions, feedback or stories, I'd love to see them in the comments.