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FFC Hall of Fame – Arsenal’s ‘Safe Hands’

Arsenal and England legend David Seaman became a permanent fixture at Highbury during the 1990s and was England’s number 1 for a number of years. The pony-tailed goalkeeper is one of the best ‘keepers of his generation and regularly pulled off spectacular saves in the Premiership and international football.

Seaman was a huge part of Arsenal’s success in the 1990s and beyond and England’s regular first choice goalkeeper makes Seaman an obvious inclusion in our hall of fame. His long and illustrious Arsenal career came to a fitting end as he lifted the FA Cup having captained them to victory over Southampton in 2003. He made one of the greatest saves in living memory in the semi-final that year as he leapt backwards to scoop a goal bound effort away from danger against Sheffield United.

One of his most successful tournaments was Euro 1996 when he starred for England and put in a couple of match-winning performances. Firstly, he saved Gary McAllister’s penalty against Scotland, from which England went up the other end and Paul Gascoigne scored one of the most memorable goals of all time. Secondly, he starred in the quarter final against Spain, where he helped England to triumph in the penalty shoot out.

Unfortunately many England fans will remember him for flapping and failing to keep out Ronaldinho’s speculative shot against Brazil in the FIFA 2002 World Cup quarter final in Japan. He also failed to keep out Nayim’s long-range last-minute effort for Arsenal in the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final. Although he may have been criticised at times for his performances for his country, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest English goalkeepers of all time.

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Article title: FFC Hall of Fame – Arsenal’s ‘Safe Hands’

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