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Ten of the Best Arsenal Players

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A look at 10 of the best Arsenal players to have donned the famous red and white shirt.

1. Thierry Henry

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The club's record goalscorer with 228 goals, Henry appeared to be operating in a different sphere to most other Premier League players for a spell. His pace, touch and dribbling was a combination too hot to handle for most defenders. He was capable of a variety of different goals and regularly featured near the top of his club's assist charts in his eight years at the club. Arsene Wenger's best piece of business.

2. Dennis Bergkamp

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The non-flying Dutchman -Bergkamp's fear of flying meant he missed many of the club's European trips- arrived in 1995 from Inter Milan after failing to settle in Italy. After a slow start to his Gunners career, Bergkamp became irreplaceable in the line-up, with highlights including a sublime hat-trick against Leicester City at Filbert Street and a goal of such majesty against Newcastle that many questioned whether he meant it. His trademark goal was a curled effort into the far corner.

3. Tony Adams

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'Captain Fantastic' was a rare beast indeed, a one-club man who served the Gunners with distinction for the best part of 20 years before retiring in 2002. The central defender was excellent in the tackle and in aerial challenges, and a motivating presence that the club found hard to replace. His two goals against Everton in 1998 to help win the club the league title will go down as one of his fondest memories.

4. Patrick Vieira

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The gangly Frenchman was seeing little action at AC Milan when Wenger made him his first major signing after joining Arsenal in 1996. He would go on to have a huge impact, dominating midfield battles and winning the double twice with Arsenal. His midfield skirmishes with Manchester United's Roy Keane were legendary. Vieira was a central midfield powerhouse. Like Henry and Adams, a former Gunners captain.

5. Ian Wright

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Arsenal's best striker of the 1990s held the club's goalscoring record before Henry. Wright was the poacher supreme, an expert in one-on-one situations, often wearing down defenders through sheer nuisance value. Despite never hitting it off with England and being prone to moments of controversy, Wright was a fans' favorite in his day.

6. Cesc Fabregas

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The Spanish midfielder left the Gunners with a heavy heart for hometown club Barcelona in 2011 after establishing himself as one of the most influential midfielders in the Premier League. Fabragas’ penchant for picking a pass and getting into the area to score goals was perhaps matched only by Manchester United’s Paul Scholes during his time in England.

7. Robert Pires

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Another inspired Wenger signing, Pires liked to avoid physical confrontation, but scored an impressive number of goals from his position on the left side of midfield between 2000 and 2006. An astute passer, Pires liked to cut in from the left and shoot. Won the league twice and the FA Cup three times.

8. David Seaman

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Won 75 caps for England and nine major trophies with the Gunners. Behind a solid rearguard, Seaman would go for long spells with little to do, but showed his class and concentration when called upon to make a decisive save. 'Safe Hands' Seaman pulled off arguably his best ever stop against Sheffield United in a 2003 FA Cup semi-final.

9. Liam Brady

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A skillful playmaker with a wand of a left foot, Brady made the Gunners tick with his vision, skill and strength. One of his finest moments was when he embarked on a 40-yard run which ended in Alan Sunderland's famous last minute winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup final. That trophy was the only one Brady claimed in his time at Arsenal.

10. Charlie George

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The striker represented Arsenal between 1968 and 1970. A local lad who supported the club as a boy, he won a place in the hearts of Arsenal fans by scoring a fabulous 20-yard drive to earn Arsenal a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the 1971 FA Cup final and secure a first 'Double' for the club. The striker played for a host of clubs and also spent some time in America.

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