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Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK
Arsenal who's who
Arsenal v Liverpool | Community Shield
Sun 11 August | 1400 BST
Live on BBC Radio Five Live

BBC Sport Online profiles the players likely to figure in the 2002 Community Shield.


David Seaman
Seaman is not ready to bow out just yet

David Seaman
Goalkeeper
Age: 38

Seaman will not want to be reminded about the World Cup quarter-final defeat by Brazil.

But, over the past season, the national team's erstwhile No 1 confounded doubts about form and advancing age with impressive and consistent displays for club and country.

A stalwart of the Highbury side's back line, he signed from QPR for 1.3m in 1990. His international future is in doubt but at least one more season as Arsenal's first choice beckons.

Fabian Carini
Goalkeeper
Age:22

Signed this summer on a one-year loan from Juventus, where Gianluigi Buffon has limited his first-team chances, the Uruguayan international must now supplant Seaman for a place in goal.

Carini played in all three of Uruguay's matches at the World Cup finals and his arrival follows the departures of Alex Manninger to Espanyol and Richard Wright to Everton.

Arsenal's Sol Campbell
Campbell scored two goals from the back last season

Sol Campbell
Defender
Age: 27

Unfit at the beginning of his Arsenal career, Campbell had a shaky start after his move from north London rivals Spurs.

But following a prodigious performance in the derby at White Hart Lane, he went from strength-to-strength, adding two goals to a series of towering displays at the back last season.

Made his England debut in the 3-0 win over Hungary in May 1996 and became England's youngest captain since Bobby Moore two years later.

Igor Stepanovs
Defender
Age: 26

Stepanovs was signed for 1m from Skonto Riga in September 2000.

Endured a nightmare display in the 6-0 defeat at Manchester United in 2000 but the Latvian international showed much greater consistency in his 14 first-team performances last season.

Martin Keown
Defender
Age: 36

The last survivor of Arsenal's formidable defensive line-up of the 1990s following the retirement of Tony Adams and Lee Dixon.

Broke his leg in January, but was playing again by April and travelled to the World Cup with the England squad.

Renowned for his man-marking abilities and his no-nonense approach.

Ashley Cole
Defender
Age: 21

Cole missed six weeks of the run-in with a knee injury, but after breaking into the team last season, he has enjoyed another productive campaign.

Was Sven-Goran Eriksson's first-choice left-back for England in Japan and a glittering future surely beckons for club and country.

Oleg Luzhny
Defender
Age: 34

Arsenal's defensive injury crisis allowed Luzhny to enjoy his most productive spell at Highbury since his 1.8m move to Highbury in May 1999 towards the end of last season.

He won six consecutive league championship titles with his previous club, Dynamo Kiev.

Pascal Cygan
Cygan has impressed his new team-mates

Pascal Cygan
Defender
Age: 28

The central defender arrived from French club Lille for 2.1m during the close season and has already impressed his new team-mates.

Shaven-headed and 6ft 5in, he is still uncapped by France, but was part of Lille's Champions League side last season.

He previously played for French Second Division side Wasquehal.

Matthew Upson
Defender
Age: 23

An apprentice at Luton Town he made his Arsenal debut in a 1997 Coca-Cola Cup tie.

Ruptured an anterior cruciate in December 1999 then had a loan spell at Crystal Palace before being injured again.

Made 22 first-team appearances last season and now joins Cygan, Keown and Stepanovs in competition for the central defensive berth alongside Campbell.

Ray Parlour
Midfielder
Age: 29

Now in his 12th season with Arsenal, Parlour has developed in both quality and stature under Wenger.

Arsenal's coach said he should go to the World Cup, though Sven-Goran Eriksson disagreed.

Edu
Edu has emerged as an important figure

Edu
Midfielder
Age: 24

A 6m signing from Corinthians, the Brazilian's progress last season was hampered when he missed the first few months with a broken foot.

But Edu started to show his mettle in the latter half of the campaign and the arrival of compatriot Gilberto Silva this summer could boost his international profile.

Gilberto Silva
Midfielder
Age: 25

The Brazilian played in every single minute of Brazil's seven matches during their triumphant World Cup campaign in the Far East.

Arsenal then lured him from Atletico Mineiro for 4.5m.

"He will give us extra quality and his competitiveness in midfield will provide us with a good balance and added strength," Wenger said.

Patrick Vieira
Midfielder
Age: 26

A 3.5m signing from AC Milan in August 1996, Arsenal's midfield dynamo has been the subject of endless transfer speculation and appeared to be heading to Real Madrid or Manchester United.

But he says he wants to stay and lead Arsenal's European challenge this season.

A member of the French squad which claimed the World Cup in 1998 and won Euro 2000, he will want to put the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea quickly behind him.

Bisan Lauren
Midfielder
Age: 25

Wenger deployed Lauren primarily as a wing-back last season.

He helped Cameroon to World Cup qualification and to victory in the African Nations Cup.

He joined Arsenal from Spanish side Real Mallorca for 7.2m in May 2000.

Thierry Henry
Forward
Age: 24

A holder of World Cup and European Championship winners' medals, he began his career under Wenger at Monaco before signing for Arsenal at the start of the 1999/2000 season.

A tally of 21 goals in his first year and 32 in all games last season testify to his huge importance up front for the Gunners.

After a disappointing World Cup with France, he appeared to be back to his best in scoring a pre-season hat-trick against 1860 Munich earlier this month.

Dennis Bergkamp
Forward
Age: 33

After spending the first half of the campaign on the bench, Bergkamp fought his way back brilliantly last season and finished with 13 goals.

The enigmatic Dutchman with a well-documented fear of flying is a longstanding Highbury favourite.

He joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in 1995 and was named Footballer of the Year and Players' Player of the Year in 1998.

Sylvain Wiltord
Wiltord had a World Cup he will want to forget

Sylvain Wiltord
Forward
Age: 28

Wiltord finally found his feet at Highbury last season. A 13m signing from Bordeaux, the Frenchman scored the equaliser against Italy in the Euro 2000 final which his side went on to win.

Another who had a World Cup to forget.


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