Arsenal: Arsene Wenger’s Best Starting XI

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Arsenal, Arsene Wenger

FILE PHOTO – (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES – Image numbers (L) 1530530 and 511891146) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Arsene Wenger,Manager of Arsenal (L) in 1996 and in 2016. Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years in charge of Arsenal this season. ***LEFT IMAGE*** 2 Nov 1996: Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal during the FA Carling Premier league match between Wimbledon and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in London. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport ***RIGHT IMAGE***LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger is celebrating 20 years at Arsenal, boasting many wonderful players throughout. Here is his best starting XI over his 20 years.

The weekend saw Arsenal and Arsene Wenger celebrate 20 years together. It is a tenure that has brought great success, moments of great disappointment and a long-raging debate about his future centred around the juxtaposing decades in North London.

What is certain, though, is that Wenger has bought, developed and inherited a whole host of outstanding players. So, in the name of rose-tinted memories, here is the best starting XI throughout his 20-year career with the Gunners.

Arsenal, David Seaman

David Seaman with the FA Cup in 2003 after Arsenal beat Southampton 1-0 in the Final.

GK: David Seaman

Perhaps the weakest position throughout Wenger’s time at Arsenal has been between the sticks. David Seaman was already the starting keeper before Wenger came to the club, but after his departure in 2003, there was a barren run of some inconsistent players.

Jens Lehman replaced the legend and performed well – if a little mad – but was never in the same league as his predecessor, while Manuel Almunia, Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny since then have all struggled.

Consequently, choosing Wenger’s best keeper is a rather simple task. Seaman was an ever-present fixture in the early years, developing a wonderful understanding with a back four that is as good as any that have ever played in the Premier League.

His experience, reliability and sheer talent were key positives for a side that dominated English football thanks to a stout defensive record. Seaman was an integral part of the dressing room, on and off the pitch, and is absolutely deserving of his selection in this lineup.

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