Arsenal: 12 Meanest Players in Gunners History

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Arsenal: 12 Meanest Players in Gunners History
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For many years now, Arsenal have earned the reputation for playing some of the most exciting, attacking, free-flowing football not only in the English Premier League, but on the planet.

Unfortunately, however, in recent years, a second reputation has emerged: that Arsenal are too mentally and physically weak to hang with the "big boys" of world football, like the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds, Real Madrids, Barcelonas, or even the Manchester Citys.

However, this was not always the case for Arsenal. Indeed, Gunners history is filled with stories of players who were among the meanest, most physical and intimidating players of their day.

These players did not avoid confrontation, and were feared and respected whenever they stepped onto the pitch. They were not afraid to impose themselves on the game, and added a toughness to their team that few other teams could rival.

Here are the 12 best such players in Arsenal history.

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