If you’ve ever tried to decide on your favourite club’s greatest-ever XI then you’ll know what a difficult, contentious process it is. Using our vast network of experienced football writers, bloggers, editors and fans, the Best XI series of digital publications will look to settle the debate once and for all.
Selecting our teams based on a mixture of painstaking research, vociferous debate, gut instinct and blind loyalty, Best XI picks the greatest all-time teams and brings them to life player by player.
In the first of a new and exciting series, Best XI Arsenal looks at the greatest ever Gooner team, from the dapper, dashing Alex James of the 1930s to the... erm... dapper, dashing Thierry Henry of the Invincibles. Between those two eras, Arsenal fans have witnessed some fantastic performers but who has made it to the ultimate XI?
Tony Adams is a no-brainer but who partners Captain Fantastic at the heart of the defence? How do you choose between Cliff Bastin, Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp up front? Will Christopher Wreh's goal in the 98 FA Cup semi-final see him sneak past them all to claim a place in the team? (OK, maybe that's a stretch...)
Authors Luke Nicoli, Damian Hall, Kevin Whitcher (editor of The Gooner) and Andrew Mangan (of Arseblog fame) shed blood, sweat and tears to whittle down more than 125 years of footballing excellence into one star-studded side.
Best XI – Where The Greatest Come To Life