This season has seen Arsene Wenger constantly criticised for leading Arsenal to a sixth barren season, as well as his beliefs and philosophies. Such is the nature of football that the two domestic doubles and the Invincibles’ season amongst other successes are all but forgotten by football fans, Gooners included. I think it is important to remember, how dramatically Le Professeur changed Arsenal into one of the Premier League’s and Europe’s elite, and this is no small part down to the players that Wenger signed and trained under his stewardship. Here is my greatest Arsenal XI under Wenger.

David Seaman

Not only an Arsenal great, but a Premier League great too. The former England keeper amassed an incredible 405 competitve games for the Gunners, over thirteen seasons; thirteen seasons where he continued to produce world class saves and performances, right the end of his final season, with ‘that’ save from Paul Peschisolido from six yards out in the 2002-03 season FA Cup semi final. It is such saves that allow us to forgive Seaman for his fashio faux pas ponytail.

Lee Dixon

Formed part of the Arsenal defence from the late 1988 right through to 2002, and was consistent throughout, becoming an integral part of the infamous ‘back five’ under Wenger.

Tony Adams

Enough said.

Martin Keown

The man the opposition fans loved to hate, which in turn endeared the centre back to his own Gunners faithful. As well as being loved, Keown was a strong and consistent defender, not afraid to put his body on the line to block a shot; something Arsenal could desperately do with now.

Nigel Winterburn

I know some of you were expecting Ashley Cole but as an Arsenal fan I cannot put him in such a side, after the lack of loyalty the, now Chelsea full back showed, so I opted for Winterburn. Much like Lee Dixon, Winterburn made the full back position his own in his thirteen year spell with the club.

Robert Pires

The ‘flat footed’ Frenchman was signed for £6 million by Wenger and was viewed as the ideal replacement to the departed Marc Overmars, and he duly obliged. After a indifferent first season the Frenchman found his form, and the 2001-2002 season saw Pires claim FWA Footballer of the year. The former Metz man, went on to become a crucial part of the remarkable Invincibles season, scoring a combined 57 goals with fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry.

Patrick Vieira

How Arsenal would love to have a Patrick Vieira in their side now, the Frenchman offered steel, strength and determination in the middle of the park. Wenger signed the centre midfielder for £3.5 million, another example of Wenger unearthing hidden gems, and the Senegalese born Frenchman, went on to become the driving force in the middle of the park.

Emmanuel Petit

Perhaps overshadowed by his compatriot Vieira, but Petit doesn’t always get the plaudits that I feel he deserves. In his three seasons at Highbury, the former Chelsea man made 118 competitve appearance and formed a formidable partnership with Vieira, that was instrumental in sealing Arsenal’s first Double under Wenger.

Marc Overmars

Another fantastic bit of business by Wenger, signing the former Ajax man for £5.5 million and eventually selling him to Barcelona for £25 million, but making nearly 500% profit doesnt warrant your place in such a side. Overmars is here for his exciting style of play, lightening pace and his eye for goal, averaging 50 goals in 146 competitve appearances for the Gunners/

Thierry Henry

Signed as an inconsistent wide player, left as Arsenal’s highest ever goalscorer. A Legend

Dennis Bergkamp

The man all fans wish they had in their team. There wasn’t a thing that Bergkamp couldn’t do with the ball at his feet. Wenger really got the best out of the Dutchman after a disappointing beginning under the man that signed him, Bruce Rioch. In his Gunners time Bergkamp scored some incredible goals, and is still the only player to come first, second and third in Match of the Day’s goal of the month competition.

Substitutes:

Jens Lehmann

Ian Wright

Fredrik Ljungberg

Sol Campbell

Steve Bould

Gilberto Silva

Cesc Fabregas

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