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Top five Arsenal Legends

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The chance and the desire to play for one of the biggest club in England and the world is a great privilege to many players, plethora of players have graced both the Highbury and Emirates stadium turf since the club was founded in 1886 but only few come close in terms of Legendary status due to their landmark achievement with the club over a specific period of time.

Below are the top five Arsenal legends to have played for the Gunners;

Thiery Henry

The Frenchman epitomizes and understands what it takes to put on the Gunners shirt having given his all throughout his eight-year spell at the north-London club. The Legendary striker joined Arsenal in the summer of the 1999/2000 season from Italian giants Juventus for a reported fee of £11 million.

Despite failing to find the back of the net in his first eight games, he quashed every form of doubt in the minds of many having finished as top scorer for the club across all competitions in his debut season.

Having established himself as one of the deadliest strikers in the world, he led the Gunners to two Premier League titles (2001/02, 2003/04), two FA Cup titles (2001/02, 2002/03) and two Community Shields in 2002 and 2004.

However, his goal return of 228 goals in 376 appearances cemented his place as the greatest player in the history of the club and saw his statue being erected outside the Emirates stadium.

Dennis Bergkamp

After a heavy shake-up at Inter Milan in the summer of 1995, Dutch Attacking midfielder Dennis Bergkamp joined the Gunners for a record fee of £7.5 million and helped the club to a respectable fifth position at the end of the season.

However, the appointment of Arsene Wenger in 1996 heralded a new beginning for the Dutchman as he became more influential in the Frenchman setup. Under the tutelage of the Wenger he became one of the best playmakers in the world and also played a key role in Arsenal winning their first Premier League title in seven years after finishing top of the division in the 1997/98 season.

The magician was able to win 10 trophies with the Gunners during his eleven years spell with the club and also scored a total of 120 goals in 423 appearances.

Tony Adams

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With money now the only language most players understands, a faithful servant like Tony Adams is rare and can only be described better in three words, Captain, Leader, Legend.

Having joined the Gunners as a teenager and broke into the Arsenal starting lineup at the age of 17 in the 1983/84 season and went ahead to become a regular for his side in the 1986/87 season the defender was deemed special by many.

At the age of 21, he was named the captain of his side and was known for his leadership qualities, concentration, discipline and also his penchant for scoring crucial goals.

In August 2002, he retired from professional football and was nicknamed ‘Mr Arsenal’ having spent his entire playing career with the Gunners and was also the most successful captain in the club history having won 13 trophies with the club.

Ian Wright

The English striker was bought a record fee of £2.5 million from Crystal Palace in the summer of 1991 and made an instant impact having scored on his debut both in the League Cup against Leicester and followed up with an hat-trick against Southampton in the League.

His goal-scoring exploit for the Gunners is only second best to Thierry Henry having scored 185 goals in 288 appearances and was also the club top scorer for six consecutive seasons.

He played a key role in the Gunners success in the 90’s and was able to win five trophies with the club in his seven year spell.

Patrick Veira

A commanding presence in the middle of the park, a leader, a complete midfielder and a Fans favorites.

The French midfielder joined the Gunners from Italian giants AC Milan in the summer of 1996 for a reported fee of £3.5 million and quickly became a Fans favorite after series of impressive displays.

His partnership alongside Emmanuel Petit formed was a match made in heaven as both were capable of attacking and defending respectively.

However, following the retirement of Tony Adams in 2002 he was named the new Captain of the Gunners and led the club to a famous title triumph in the 2003/04 season having finished the season unbeaten.

He is known for his tough tackling, ball control, agility, stamina and excellent heading abilities and won nine trophies with the Gunners.

His legacy and role at Arsenal will forever be remembered as no player has matched his level of commitment and box-to-box abilities since he left the club in 2005.

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