Arsenal is one of the biggest and most followed club in England. Many great players have played for them in their rich, trophy-laden history. In this article, let us have a look at some of the greatest Arsenal players ever.
Taking into account some important aspects like quality, loyalty and contribution to the club. Here are the 12 greatest Arsenal players ever –
12. Charlie George
George supported Arsenal as a boy and played for Islington Schoolboys before joining his favoured club in May 1966. He turned professional in 1968 and made his first-team debut for the club on 9 August 1969 against Everton.
He delivered one of the greatest moments in the club’s history when he sealed the club’s first Double in 1970-71 with a wonderful strike past Liverpool’s Ray Clemence in extra-time of the FA Cup final.
George’s FA Cup heroics should have provided the platform for greatness. Unfortunately inconsistency, likely caused by a series of niggling injuries, blighted George and his brilliance came only in flashes.
11. Pat Jennings
Pat Jennings achieved the rare feat of legendary status both at Arsenal and Tottenham for his brilliance as a goalkeeper.The Irishman was Tottenham’s no.1 for 13 years before spending eight years with Arsenal.
Calm and assured, Jennings was blessed with a positional sense which meant he barely needed to resort to the spectacular. Jennings was a master of the one-on-one, standing up long enough to narrow the angle and make things as difficult as possible for onrushing strikers.
Forced out of Tottenham in 1977 but it was Arsenal’s gain as he proved why he is one of the best goalkeepers of all time. He won only one trophy with the Gunners – the FA Cup in 1979, but still did enough to be regarded as one of the greatest Arsenal players ever.
10. Ted Drake
Drake topped the scoring charts in each of his five full seasons in north London ending his spell at the club with a tally of 136 goals from 182 games.
In 1935–36 Drake scored seven in a single match against Aston Villa at Villa Park on 14 December 1935, a club record and top flight record that also still stands.
He spent 11 years with the club and helped the team to two league titles and an FA Cup.
9. Liam Brady
One of the great playmaker of his generation with the ability to spot and execute perfect passes. He had everything a midfielder could want – skill, vision, balance, strength, a powerful shot and the ability to glide past opponents at will. Like all great players he always had time on the ball and almost always chose the right option.
He was voted Arsenal’s player of the year twice, PFA Players’ player of the year once, was included in the PFA team of the year thrice. After spending seven years with the club, he left the club for Juventus in 1980. He only won one silverware – FA Cup in 1979, during his time with the club.
8. Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin joined Arsenal in 1929 after playing one-year of professional football with Exeter City. Bastin played the rest of his career at Arsenal, and formed an integral part of the side that dominated English football in the 1930s.
He scored 178 goals in 395 games, which made him Arsenal’s all-time top goalscorer from 1939 until 1997, when his total was surpassed by Ian Wright.
With Arsenal, Bastin won the FA Cup twice, in 1929-30 and 1935-36, and the First Division title five times, in 1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35 and 1937-38. Without any doubt, he is among the greatest Arsenal players ever.