Ranking the 5 best Arsenal goalkeepers of all-time

19 Apr 1999: Arsenal keeper David Seaman throws out against Wimbledon in the FA Carling Premiership match at Highbury in London. Arsenal won 5-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport
19 Apr 1999: Arsenal keeper David Seaman throws out against Wimbledon in the FA Carling Premiership match at Highbury in London. Arsenal won 5-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport /
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1. David Seaman

21 Aug 2000: David Seaman of Arsenal in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Liverpool played at Highbury, in London. Arsenal won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole /Allsport
21 Aug 2000: David Seaman of Arsenal in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Liverpool played at Highbury, in London. Arsenal won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole /Allsport /

It just had to be.

David Seaman is synonymous with the most successful period in the club’s modern history. Of course he’s the greatest Arsenal goalkeeper of all time.

Although, very few – apart from George Graham – projected the impact Seaman would have in north London following his rather acrimonious arrival from QPR in 1990. The signing of Seaman ended the vastly popular John Lukic’s tenure between the sticks.

“We all agree… Lukic is better than Seaman!” supporters cried amid links to the QPR shot-stopper, but 13 years, 564 appearances and eight major trophies later and it’s fair to say that it was Graham who had the last laugh.

Seaman is the epitome of a legend and one of Britain’s greatest-ever goalkeepers. He was brave, commanding in the air, blessed with cat-like reflexes and somewhat of a penalty-saving specialist. His performances for England, especially at Euro ’96, saw him earn greater notoriety, and it was wildly unjust for his international career to end with that Ronaldinho goal at the 2002 World Cup.

However, his unforgettable spell at Arsenal would end on a happier note as Seaman registered a clean sheet in Arsenal’s 2003 FA Cup final win over Southampton. The Gunners had been helped into the competition’s showpiece by their goalkeeper, who pulled off one of the greatest saves ever to deny Sheffield United’s Paul Peschisolido in the semi-final.

David Seaman is, without question, Arsenal’s greatest ever goalkeeper.