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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 May, 2004, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
All-time Arsenal XI
By Jonathan Stevenson

Arsenal have claimed their 13th League title in style - by going the season unbeaten which is a remarkable achievement.

Over the years, the Gunners have produced some outstanding sides - Herbert Chapman's 1930s team, Berti Mee's double-winners of 1971, George Graham's late 1980's outfit, and of course Arsene Wenger's current table-toppers.

But out of all those teams that have stamped their mark on English football, who would get into a definitive Arsenal title-winning XI?

BBC Sport examines the options open from over 70 years of success at Highbury.


David Seaman would be many people's automatic choice for the number one spot. The former England keeper won three titles in a glorious 13-year Gunners career and was capped 75 times by his country.

Arsenal goalkeeping legends Bob Wilson (left) and David Seaman
Jack Kelsey (1950-62)
David Seaman (1990-2003)
Bob Wilson (1963-73)

Seaman had terrific reactions and an imposing penalty area presence and was a mainstay in Arsenal's backline they have found difficult to replace.

But Bob Wilson and Jack Kelsey should not be discounted. Scotland stopper Wilson won the league and FA Cup Double in 1971 and has become a legend after staying on at the club as a goalkeeping coach.

Kelsey was the undoubted star of the side that won the league in 1953.


The right-back spot is a fight between Lee Dixon and Pat Rice. Dixon was always dependable, never getting the accolades of his more illustrious team-mates.

Former Arsenal defenders Tony Adams (left) and Steve Bould
Tony Adams (1984-2002)
Steve Bould (1988-99)
Sol Campbell (2001-present)
Ashley Cole (1998-present)
Lee Dixon (1988-2002)
Eddie Hapgood (1927-39)
Frank McLintock (1964-73)
Pat Rice (1967-83)

Rice, another of the 1971 side, was similarly unflappable and is now number two to Arsene Wenger.

Eddie Hapgood will be remembered as one of few men who could cope with the wing wizadry of Stanley Matthews.

But Ashley Cole's stunning start to his Highbury career - he has already won two titles and 24 England caps - could give him the nod at left-back.

Centre-half is not a position Arsenal have ever been short in. Frank McLintock was the organisational skipper of the 1971 side, a born leader - not dissimilar to Tony Adams.

Adams was Arsenal through and through and his bravery and 100% commitment surely make him a certain pick.

Steve Bould was the reliable, unflustered partner to Adams and helped make the most famous back four in English football history the impregnable fortress it was.

Sol Campbell must also be a contender after three outstanding years in a Red shirt following his controversial move from Spurs.


Scot Alex James, famed for his long baggy shorts, won four league titles and two FA Cups in the Arsenal side of the 1930s, and his ability to do the unexpected at inside-forward was matched by Jimmy Logie, a creative force in the 1953 side.

Arsenal's French midfield players Patrick Vieira (left) and Robert Pires
George Armstrong (1961-77)
Charlie George (1969-75)
George Graham (1966-73)
Alex James (1929-37)
Jimmy Logie (1945-55)
Robert Pires (2000-present)
David Rocastle (1985-92)
Patrick Vieira (1996-present)

Charlie George and George Graham added flair from deep to the 1971 side, George with his ability to run past people and score goals out of nothing, and Graham for his uncanny knack of opening up defences.

George Armstrong was the protective cover for the defence in Bertie Mee's team, a wall of perseverance that Patrick Vieira replicates in the modern day.

Vieira has been a colossus for Wenger's side and is the rock upon which this team has been built.

In Graham's young side of the late 1980s David Rocastle was an exciting, dynamic performer, a player of great flair akin to Robert Pires.

The Frenchman's dribbling skills, awareness and top-class finishing are a key component of this record-breaking team. Sadly, as Liam Brady never won the title with Arsenal, his delightful skills are not an option for this side.


Ted Drake and Cliff Bastin were old-fashioned English centre-forwards - big, strong, good in the air and straightforward in their finishing.

Arsenal striker Ian Wright celebrates breaking Cliff Bastin's goalscoring record
Cliff Bastin (1929-46)
Dennis Bergkamp (1995-present)
Ted Drake (1934-45)
Thierry Henry (1999-present)
Ian Wright (1991-98)

They set the standard for future generations, with Drake netting an astonishing 42 goals in 41 games in his first season at Highbury.

Ian Wright was the man who broke the records, becoming the club's all-time top scorer in a prolific seven-year spell.

His lethal goal-getting was aided in the second half of his Gunners career by Dennis Bergkamp, the crafty, cunning Dutch genius with a fondness for scoring sensational goals and assisting in plenty of others.

Which leaves Thierry Henry, who could lay claim to being currently the world's finest footballer. Since Wenger converted Henry from a tricky winger into an out-and-out striker the 26-year-old has become a phenomenon.

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