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The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time 

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For as long as they've been around, Arsenal has been one of the most important clubs in English football. Since the club's formation in 1886, the North London club has had some of the most popular players in league history to round out its squad. Since Arsene Wenger became the club's manager in 1996, it has enjoyed a period of constant success that can rightfully be called one of the team's glory period. Wenger has brought in top-notch talent, including two of the greatest Gooners in history. No one will doubt that Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, two members of the legendary "Invincibles" squad of the 2003-04 season that went undefeated, are club icons. Many of the team's best players have played for Wenger, whether forwards and strikers or midfielders and defenders, or anyone else on the roster.

Who are the greatest players in Arsenal history? Before Wenger, two of the greatest players in Arsenal history are Tony Adams and Ian Wright. Both these Arsenal legends were featured as part of the legendary 1989 First Division winners, that was the subject of Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch. The best and most memorable Arsenal players were a part of their championship squads, which there are plenty of.

This is the list of the best Gooners of all time. If you notice someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or re-rank this list of the greatest Arsenal players in club history, then head over and check out the best Arsenal keepers ever.

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Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Les Ulis, France

Nationality: France

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Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Dakar, Senegal

Nationality: Senegal, France

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Robert Pirès is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
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Ian Wright is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Ian Wright Forward from Woolwich, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#134 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #143 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #64 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Tony Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Defender from Romford, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#778 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #313 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #74 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Goalkeeper from Rotherham, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Freddie Ljungberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Freddie Ljungberg
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Sol Campbell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Defender from Plaistow, Newham, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#188 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #49 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #121 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Marc Overmars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Emst, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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#117 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #113 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #13 of 76 The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked

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Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Arenys de Mar, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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Santi Cazorla is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Llanera, Asturias, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Phil Kennedy added Forward and Midfielder from Laval, France

Nationality: France, Gabon

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Aaron Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Caerphilly, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Lee Dixon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Defender from Manchester, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
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Martin Keown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Oxford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Liam Brady is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

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Ray Parlour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Barking, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Gilberto Silva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
RussellBrill added Defender and Midfielder from Lagoa da Prata, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Forward from Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Midfielder from Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Nationality: Germany

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Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
ashyd1995 added Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper from Essen, Germany

Nationality: West Germany, Germany

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#909 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #976 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #20 of 176 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Kolo Touré is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire

Nationality: Côte d’Ivoire

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Tomáš Rosick&yacu... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time
Ari Aries added Tomáš Rosický