Graham Cummins' top three Arsenal players in the Premier League era

Graham Cummins' top three Arsenal players in the Premier League era

HAVING been an average side for the past several seasons and with the club currently ninth in the table, it’s hard to believe that Arsenal were once the dominate force in English football during the Premier League era.

The Gunners have won the title three times, including an undefeated 2003-2004 league season. They have had some true greats of the game to represent the club in the Premier League but I believe the top three players were as follows...

Thierry Henry was one of the greatest players not only to have played for Arsenal but to have played in the Premier League. He was a player that would get fans off their seats every time he got the ball because supporters knew he was capable of making some special happen. Defenders were frightened of Henry because he would embarrassed them repeatedly.

Henry won four Golden Boots during his time at the club as well as becoming the club’s record goalscorer. He was a goalscorer who could score all types of goals. The Frenchman could easily go past two or three defenders before his trademark side foot finish across the goalkeeper but Henry was also a fox in the box.

Arsenal fans were sceptical of the Frenchman when he first arrived in London after Henry failed during his time at his previous club Juventus.

Henry was used as a left-winger during his time in Italy but Arsene Wenger’s decision to convert the player into a striker was a master stroke and the making of one the greatest strikers to play in England.

With his last kick of a ball for the club, Patrick Vieira scored the winner penalty in the 2005 FA Cup final against Manchester United and the Gunners haven’t replaced the midfielder since. It’s been 15 years since Vieira departed the club but Arsenal are still searching to find the ‘next Vieira’.

Not only a gifted player but also a leader on the pitch and the type of captain the Gunners have been lacking for several years. Vieira was a tough player not afraid to put his foot in but also had to elegance of a top footballer.

Tony Adams was pivotal to Arsenal’s first Premier League triumph in 1998. The defender was one of the stalwarts in the famous Arsenal back five and unlike a lot of players, improved the older he got. 

One has to wonder just how good he would have been had he not had his personal issues but again another player who owes a lot to Wenger after the Frenchman prolonged Adams’ career by introducing the defender to a more healthy lifestyle thus improving his performances on the pitch.

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