Soccer The Best Arsenal Players of All Time  

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List Rules Upvote your favorite Arsenal players based only on their time with the team.

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.

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.

1
831 109
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

2
669 79
Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Dennis Bergkamp Forward

3
461 108
Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

4
389 103
Robert Pirès is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Robert Pirès Midfielder

5
328 118
Ian Wright is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Ian Wright Forward

6
333 113
Tony Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Tony Adams Defender

7
294 114
David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
David Seaman Goalkeeper

8
313 115
Freddie Ljungberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Freddie Ljungberg

9
281 97
Sol Campbell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Sol Campbell Defender

10
196 79
Liam Brady is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Liam Brady Midfielder

11
307 223
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time

12
129 66
David O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
David O'Leary Defender

13
151 56
Charlie George is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Charlie George Forward, Midfielder

14
204 77
Emmanuel Petit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Emmanuel Petit Midfielder

15
217 88
Marc Overmars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Marc Overmars Forward, Midfielder

16
138 63
Ray Parlour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Ray Parlour Midfielder

17
170 66
Martin Keown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Martin Keown Defender, Midfielder

18
246 169
Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

19
165 60
Gilberto Silva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
RussellBrill added Gilberto Silva Defender, Midfielder

20
204 111
Santi Cazorla is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Santi Cazorla Midfielder

21
169 77
Kolo Touré is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Kolo Touré Defender, Midfielder

22
140 60
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Pat Jennings Goalkeeper

23
153 53
Lee Dixon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Lee Dixon Defender

24
362 176
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Mesut Özil Midfielder

25
110 55
Cliff Bastin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Cliff Bastin Outside forward, Midfielder

26
145 51
Alan Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Alan Smith Forward

27
302 209
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Alexis Sánchez Forward

28
176 136
Aaron Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Aaron Ramsey Midfielder

29
101 44
Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Michael Thomas Midfielder

30
144 56
Nwankwo Kanu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Nwankwo Kanu Forward

31
109 45
David Rocastle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
David Rocastle Midfielder

32
117 64
Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Nicolas Anelka Forward, Midfielder

33
175 137
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
_1449449066425 added Petr Čech Forward, Goalkeeper

34
118 60
Tomáš Rosický is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Ari Aries added Tomáš Rosický

35
76 60
Nigel Winterburn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Nigel Winterburn Defender

36
156 124
Laurent Koscielny is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time

37
137 137
Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Ashley Cole Defender

38
137 157
Theo Walcott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Theo Walcott Forward, Midfielder

39
89 62
Pat Rice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Pat Rice Defender

40
144 95
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
yaypaul added Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Forward, Midfielder

41
71 80
Paul Merson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Paul Merson Forward, Midfielder

42
127 137
Jack Wilshere is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
yaypaul added Jack Wilshere Midfielder

43
44 93
George Graham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
George Graham Forward, Midfielder

44
73 96
Sylvain Wiltord is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Sylvain Wiltord Forward, Midfielder

45
67 53
Alexandre Lacazette is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
jkim added Alexandre Lacazette Forward

46
88 20
Ray Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
JanJulk added Ray Kennedy Forward, Midfielder

47
43 82
Alan Ball, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Alan Ball, Jr. Midfielder

48
59 115
Bacary Sagna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Bacary Sagna Defender

49
81 82
Olivier Giroud is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
JanJulk added Olivier Giroud Forward

50
41 93
Frank McLintock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Arsenal Players of All Time
Frank McLintock Defender, Wing half