Ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright has shared, via the Daily Star, what he thinks is the club’s best ever XI under Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman celebrates 20 years at the helm of the club.
Wenger’s two-decade long reign in north London makes him one of the longest-serving managers in the history of English football, and the Frenchman has guided his club to many an accolade over the years.
Three Premier League titles, six FA Cups and a further six Community Shield trophies make Wenger one of the most decorated gaffers in Premier League history.
Perhaps his most famous achievement, however, was the title-winning 2003/04 season in which his ‘Invincibles’ side marched to glory without losing a single domestic game – a feat yet to be matched by any club in Europe since.
Club legend Wright served under Wenger, however, even he – scorer of 104 Gunners goals – did not make his own starting XI.
Englishman David Seaman takes his rightful place between the sticks ahead of the likes of Jens Lehmann and current shot-stopper Petr Cech.
Unsurprisingly both Tony Adams and Martin Keown fill the two centre-back positions with Nigel Winterburn on their left and Lee Dixon on the right.
Wright’s side is a predominantly French affair through the midfield, with the colossal Patrick Vieira pairing international team-mate Emmanuel Petit in the centre of the park. Out wide, there’s one more France star in the form of and Robert Pires, with Dutchman Marc Overmars on the other flank.
No points for guessing who makes the front two. All time record scorer Thierry Henry leads the line, with the enigmatic Dennis Bergkamp completing the star-studded line-up.
While generally there are no surprises in the former England international’s chosen XI, there are certainly some notable omissions including the likes of Sol Campbell, Freddie Ljungberg and Ashley Cole – all three were part of the Gunners’ ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003/04.