Tuesday, August 8, 2017

All-Time Team Under Bobby Robson (club only)


UEFA Cup 1981 with Ipswich


Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for players who played for Bobby Robson(club players only).  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Bobby Robson had a colourful career as a manager.  he first made a name with Ipswich Town, where he won the 1978 FA Cup and the 1981 UEFA Cup.  After a very successful career managing the English national team, he began a career outside of the United Kingdom.  He is probably the most successful British manager coaching in the continental Europe.   

Bobby Robson's Ipswich

Forgotten Great Team: Bobby Robson's Ipswich: here

Team

GK: Vitor Baia (Portugal/Porto/Barcelona)
He was Portugal's most decorated keeper. He was one of two keepers who had won all three UEFA main club competitions.  With Porto, he won 26 titles, including the Champions League in 2004.  He played in the Euro 1996 and 2000, and the WC finals in 2002.

GK: Shay Given (Ireland/Newcastle United)
Given started his career with Celtic, but made his professional debut with Blackburn Rovers.  He was remembered for playing with Newcastle United from 1997 to 2009.  He was voted into PFA Team of the Year twice, 2001-2002 and 2005-2006.  He earned 126 caps for Ireland. He played in the 2002 WC Finals and Euro 2010.

GK: Hans Van Breukelen (Holland/PSV)
He started his career with FC Utrecht and then, Nottingham Forest.  He moved to PSV in 1984, where he became a star.  For the nnational team, he was a fixture since 1980.  However, he did not help the Oranje to reach a major touranemt until in 1988, where they won the first ever trophy for the national team.

RB: Joao Pinto (Portugal/Porto)
Bobby Robson said of him: "He has two hearts and four legs. It's extremely difficult to find a player like him."  He won the European Cup in 1987 with Porto.  He was one of Porto's greatest fullback.  He spent his entire professional career with Porto, winning nine leagues and the 1987 European Cup.
Joao Pinto

RB:: Eric Gerets (Belgium/PSV)
He is considered one of the greatest European rightbacks in history. His best career was spent with Standard de Liège and PSV Eindhoven.  He won the 1988 European Cup with PSV. Gerets was capped 86 times.  He played big role as the Red Devils finished second at the Euro 1980 and reached the semi-final of the WC 1986 Finals.

CB: Fernando Couto (Portugal/Porto/Barcelona)
Fernando Couto won the Double in every leagues he played in and in three different countries.  He was a member of Portugal's Golden Generation that won won the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship. He earned 110 caps.

CB: Jorge Costa (Portugal)
Except at the very end of his career, Jorge Costa played his entire career with Porto, serving as its captain for a few seasons.  He won the 2003 UEFA Cup and the 2004 Champions League with them.  He was a part of the Golden Generation that won the U-20 World Cup in 1991.  He represented Portugal at Euro 2000 and the World Cup 2002.

CB: Terry Butcher (England)
Butcher was one of England's greatest defenders. He captained the England national team, winning 77 caps in a ten-year international career that featured three FIFA World Cups. Butcher also enjoyed success in his club career, particularly with Ipswich Town and Rangers. With Ipswich, he was a part of Bobby Robson's team that won the UEFA Cup in 1981. In 1986, he joined Rangers as one of the first wave of English players playing for Graeme Souness' Rangers in the 1980's.
Terry Butcher
CB/DM: Gheorghe Popescu  (Romania/PSV/Barcelona) 
He was perhaps the most famous Romanian defender and the second most important player during Romania's Golden Generation in the 1990's.  He was Romanian Player of the Year 6 times.  In 2000, he helped Galatasaray to win the UEFA Cup, the first time ever for a Turkish club. 

CB: Russell Osman (England/Ipswich)
Osman spent 11 seasons with Ipswich.  He also played in the Football League for Leicester City, Southampton, Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City. Osman played senior international football for England, for whom he received eleven caps.

RB/LB: Mick Mills (England/Ipswich)
Mills holds the record for appearance with Ipswich Town.  He became the captain of Ipswich in 1971, where he formed a close relationship with manager Bobby Robson.  He also played with Southampton and Stoke City.  Mills was capped 42 times.  He captained England at the 1982 World Cup Finals.  
Mick Mills

CB/LB: Kevin Beattie (England/Ipswich)
Beattie was a key player for Bobby Robson's great Ipswich side of the 1970's and early 1980's.  He won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 1973-1974.  He played 9 times for England.

CM: Arnold Muhren (Holland/Ipswich)
Muhren was one of the few players who had won the European Cup (1972–73), the Cup Winners' Cup (1986–87) and the UEFA Cup (1980–81).  He first made his name by playing for Ajax with his brother Gerrie.  In 1978, he joined Ipswich, where he became one of the first Dutch players in the league.  Capped 23 times.  He was a part of the Euro 1988 winning team.  He crossed the ball to Marco Van Basten where he scored the famous volley goal in the Final against the Soviet Union.
Arnold Muhren


CM: Pep Guardiola (Spain/Barcelona)
He won a Champions' League with Barcelona in 1992. He was their captain from 1997 to 2001.  He also played for Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar, and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico.

CM: John Wark (Scotland/Ipswich)



LW/FW: Luis Enrique (Spain/Barcelona)

RW: Luis Figo (Portugal/Sporting CP/Barcelona)
He is probably one of Portugal's greatest players.  He was the 2000 European Footballer of the Year, the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. He is one of the few football players to have played for both Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid. His controversial 2000 transfer from Barcelona to bitter rivals Real Madrid set a world record fee of £37 million (€62 million).  With Real Madrid, he was the first member of the Galacticos. He won the Champions' League title in 2002.
Luis Figo

LW: Ljuinko Drulovic (Yugoslavia/Porto)
In 1992, he went to play for Gil Vicente in Portugal.  A year later, he joined Porto, where he won 5 straight, league title.  He was also known for his partnership with Mario Jardel, who won the European Golden Shoe.  Later in his career, he joined Benfica and FK Partizan.

AM/LW: Gary Speed (England)
Speed played professionally for Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United.  He held the record for the most appearances in the Premier League at 535, until it was surpassed by David James.  He was best remembered for winning the English league title in 1992 with Leeds United..  He made the PFA Team of the year in 1993. He was capped 85 times for Wales and served as the captain.
Gary Speed

ST:  Emil Kostadinov (Bulgaria/Porto)
He is best remembered for scoring two goals against France in the World Cup Qualfying match that helped Bulgaria to qualify for the WC in 1994.  He was capped 70 times.  Professionally, his best stint was with Porto where he spent 4 seasons.

ST/FW: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria/Barcelona)
He is Bulgaria's greatest player. At the 1994 World Cup, Stoichkov was awarded the Golden Boot as the joint top goal scorer of the tournament with six goals, as well as earning the Bronze Ball award. . At Barcelona he was part of Johan Cruyff's "dream team" that won four consecutive La Liga titles and one UEFA Champions League.  He also won the Ballon d'Or in 1994.

ST Romario (Brazil/PSV)
He helped the Seleção to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup, receiving the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He missed the 1998 WC Finals because of an injury. One of very few strikers to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals. He was best remembered for his stint with Barcelona.
Romario
ST: Alan Shearer (England/Newcastle)
Shearer is the all-time leading top-scorer for the Premiership.  In 1992, he joined Blackburn Rovers from Southampton in a record transfer. He won the Premiership for 1994-1995 season.  In 1996, he joined his home town club, Newcastle United for a world record transfer fees. He was FWA Player of the Year in 1994, and PFA Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997.  For England, he earned 63 caps. IN 1996, he led England to the semi-final of Euro 1996 at home, winning the Golden boot award. He also played the 1998 WC Finals and Euro 2000.


ST: Paul Mariner (England/Ipswich)

ST: Ronaldo (Brazil/Barcelona)
He led Brazil to two WC Finals match, winning the one in 2002.  He scored 8 goals in 2002.  He was the winner of Ballon d'Or twice and the FIFA World Player of the Year three times.  He is the second top-scorer in WC history.  He played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and for both AC Milan and Inter Milan.  
Ronaldo

Honorable Mention
Alan Brazil(Ipswich), Paul Cooper (Ipswich), Frans Thijssen (Ipswich), Eric Gates (Ipswich), Brian Talbot (Ipswich), Jan Heintze (PSV), Gerald Vanenburg (PSV), Erwin Koeman (PSV), Iván de la Peña (Barcelona), Miguel Nadal (Barcelona), Rob Lee (Newcastle), Kieron Dyer (Newcastle).

Squad Explanation
-- I only considered players from Bobby Robson's club team. 
-- Cheung Chi Doy (張子岱) of Hong Kong was one of his first ever signings as a manager.  Robson signed him for Vancouver Royals(his story here), but he never got to coach the Canadian team.  
-- The team is geared toward Bobby Robson's Ipswich, where his name was most likely to be associated.  However, I tried to take players from different teams.
-- Alan Brazil and Eric Gates were some of my favourite players, growing up.
-- I am not familiar of his career with Sporting CP.
-- Luis Figo also played for Bobby Robson at Sporting CP.
-- Bobby Robson considered Ronaldo as the greatest ever player who played for him.
-- Bobby Robson also discovered Jose Mourinho who was his translator in Portugal.








Saturday, August 5, 2017

All-Time Team under Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's first major trophy; 2002-2003 UEFA Cup with Porto

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for players who played under Jose Mourinho.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Nicknamed the "Special One", Jose Mourinho began his career as a translator for Bobby Robson at Sporting CP.  He beame world famous while at Porto, winning the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the Champions' League in 2004He went on to coach Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now, Manchester United.

Champions' League winner in 2010 with Inter Milan

Team  
GK: Iker Casillas (Spain)
Iker Casillas is Spain's most decorated goalkeeper. He won four Champions' League titles with Real Madrid.  For Spain, he captained Spain into winning the WC in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  He is capped over 150 times. 
Iker Casillas 

GK: Petr Cech (the Czech Republic/Chelsea)
Cech  is best remembered for being Chelsea's undisputred starting keeper from 2004 to 2014.  He won almost everything in club football.  He is considered among the greatest of his era. In 2015, he joined Arsenal.  For Czech Republic, he is the most capped player in the history of the Czech team, with 124 caps.

GK: Julio Ceasar (Brazil/Inter Milan)
Julio Ceasar was awarded the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010.  He won the Champions' League with Inter Milan in 2010.  He won 87 international caps for the Seleção between 2004 and 2014. He was selected for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, in addition to two Copa América tournaments.

RB: Javier Zanetti (Argentina/Inter Milan)
He was the starting rightback for Inter Milan for almost 20 years.  He served as their captain from 1999, earning him the nickname "Il Capitano" (The Captain).  He held all kind of appearance records in Italy.  He widely considered to be Argentina's best ever rightback.  He holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Argentine national team and played in the 1996 Olympic tournament, five Copa América tournaments and two World Cups, in 1998 and 2002.
Javier Zanetti 
RB: Maicon (Brazil/Inter Milan)
Maicon started his career with Cruzeiro before heading to Europe.  He first played for Monaco and then, Inter Milan.  At Inter Milan, he was widely considered to be the best rightback in the world. He won the Champions' League in 2010.  He earnmed 76 caps for Brazil, appearing in the WC Finals in 2010 and 2014.

CB: Ricardo Carvalho (Portgual/Porto/Chelsea/Real Madrid)
He was the hero of Porto's Champions' League winning team in 2004.  He then played 6 seasons with Chelsea.  He also played for Real Madrid.  He helped Portugal to reach the Final of Euro 2004 at home and the semifinal of the WC in 2006.  He was capped 76 times. He was a part of Portugal's Euro 2016 winning team.
Ricardo Carvalho 
CB/RB: Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
Part of the all-conquering Spanish team that won the WC and two European Championships.  He is the youngest player ever to receive his 100th caps. He joined Real Madrid as a teenager. He scored the tying goal as Real Madrid won their 10th European Cup in 2014.  He also won his second Champions' League title by scoring a goal in the 2016 Final.  In 2017, he won his third Champions League Cup.

CB: Lucio (Brazil/Inter Milan)
The star of the 2002 WC Team. He earned 105 caps for Brazil.  He reached the Champions' League final with Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.  In 2004, he moved to Bayern Munich, where he won one German Cup and three Bundesliga titles. He also helped Inter Milan win the 2010 Champions League against his former club Bayern Munich.

CB: John Terry (England/Chelsea)
Terry is a top centre-back of his generation and was the captain for Chelsea during most of his Chelsea's rise to the top of English football starting in the season 2004-2005.  He won 4 Premiership titles and the Champions League in 2012.  For England, he earned 78 caps for England.  However, his career was overshadowed by several controversies.
John Terry
LB: Ashley Cole (England/Chelsea)
Ashley Cole was considered one of the finest leftbacks of his generation.  He was voted the England Player of the Year in 2010. He played in 3 WC Finals.  He is also England's most-capped full-back in history.  He played with Arsenal, but moved to its rival Chelsea.  He won the Champions' League in 2012 with Chelsea. 

LB: Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid)
Marcelo started his career with Fluminense before making a dream move to Real Madrid in 2007.  He spent several years in and out of the lineup before establishing himself as one of the star of the team.  With them, he won three Champions' League titles in from 2014 to 2017.  At the time of writing, he has over 50 caps for Brazil and played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

DM: Claude Makelele (France/Chelsea)
Makelele played  for Nantes, Marseille and Celta Vigo before making a big move to Real  Madrid in 2000.  Over there, he quickly established as one of the best  defensive midfielder in the world.  He won every single club title available.  In 2003, he moved to Roman Abramovich's Chelsea.  he earned 71 caps for France.  He helped France to reach the Final of Germany 2006.

DM/CM: Xabi Alonso (Spain/Real Madrid)
Xabi Alonso started with Real Sociedad.  He joined Liverpool in 2004 winning the Champions' League trophy in his first season.  In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid, winning the Champions' League again in 2014.  In 2014, he joined Bayern Munich. He was a key member of the Spanish team that won the WC and two European Championships.  His 114 caps make him the fifth most capped player in the nation's history.
Xabi Alonso

CM: Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina/Inter Milan)
During his professional career, Cambiasso has won 23 official titles (as of the end of 2011), being the Argentine footballer with most honours in history, one more than Alfredo Di Stéfano.[2] The majority of his titles were won during his ten seasons at Internazionale, including five Scudetti and the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. A full international since 2000, Cambiasso won 52 caps for Argentina, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup, at the 2005 Confederations Cup, and at the Copa América in 2007 and 2011.

CM: Frank Lampard  (England/Chelsea)
Lampard was the all-time leading scorer for Chelsea.  he started his career with West Ham before joining Chelsea in 2001.  He won the Champions' League in 2012 and 3 Preimership with Chelsea.  He was runner-up at FIFA Player of the Year in 2015.  In 2014, he made a controversial move to Manchester City through a loan deal from NY City FC.  For England, he was a key player from 1999 and 2014.  The Lampard-Gerrard debate was a hot topic  throughout his career with England.
Frank Lampard 
CM:  Michael Essien (Ghana/Chelsea/Real Madrid)
One of the best central midfielders in the world during his prime. He first became a star while playing for Lyon, where he won two Ligue 1 titles in two seasons.  Then, he moved to Chelsea.  Over there, he won a Champions' league, two Premier :League titles and four FA Cups.   He also spent one season with Real Madrid.

RW/LW/FW: Arjen Robben (Holland/Chelsea)
He was an important player for Bayern Munich's dominance in Europe as they reached three Champions' League Finals in 4 years, winning one.  For the national team, he helped Holland to reach the WC Final in 2010 and then the semi-final in 2014. He also played with Real Madrid.

AM/CM: Deco (Portugal/Porto)
Born in Brazil.  He was the star of Porto's Champions' League title in 2003-2004, and then, another one in 2005-2006 with Barcelona FC. He was capped 75 times for Portugal between 2003 and 2010.

AM: Wesley Sneijder (Holland/Inter Milan)
Sneijder emerged from the Ajax Academy before making to the first team in 2002.  He moved to Real Madrid in 2007, where he won a La Liga title in 2006-2007.  He also won a Champions' League title with Inter Milan in 2009-2010.  At the time of writing, he has 114 caps for Holland.  He was the star player for Holland as they reached the Final of South Africa 2010. He won the Silver Ball.  He moved to Galatasaray in 2013.
Wesley Sneijder 
AM: Mesut Özil (Germany/Real Madrid)
A third generation German of Turkish decent.  He played for Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen before making a dream move to Real Madrid after South Africa 2010.  He moved to Arsenal in 2013.  He was a part of Germany's World Cup winning team in 2014.

FW/LW: Cristano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)
He is one of the greatest forward of his generation.  He is the most expensive players in history from 2009-2013 when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid.  At the time of writing, he won the Ballon d'Or winner three times and won Champions' League titles with both Manchester United and Real Madrid.  In 2016, he helped Portugal to win the European Championship, a month after winning the Champions' League with Real Madrid.
Cristano Ronaldo

ST: Samuel E'too  (Cameroon/Inter Milan)
E'too started his career with the academy of Real Madrid.  Helayter played with Mallorca. He was a part of the famous REM line at Barcelona where he won two Champions' league titles.   He moved to Inter Milan in 2009 and won a third Champions' league in 2009-2010.  He won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.  

ST: Derlei (Brazil/UD Leiria/Porto)
Derlei started playing in the lower levels of football in Brazil, but joined Portugal's U.D. Leiria in 1999.  In 2002, he followed Jose Mourinho to Porto, where he would win both the UEFA Cup and the Champions' League.  In 2005, he moved to Dynamo Moscow.  He also played foe Benfica and Sporting CP.  He was, therefore, one of the few players to have represented the Big Three of Portugal.

Derlei

ST: Diego Milito (Argentina/Inter Milan)
Milito began his club career with Racing Club in 1999, and later moved to Italian side Genoa in 2003. In 2005 he was acquired by Spanish club Real Zaragoza, where he remained for three seasons, before returning to Genoa in 2008. His prolific goalscoring exploits during his second spell with Genoa earned him a move to defending Serie A champions Inter, where he was pivotal in the club's 2009–10 treble-winning season scoring 32 goals in all competitions including two goals in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final. Earned 25 caps for Argentina, scoring 4 goals, and represented his country in two Copa América tournaments, winning a runners-up medal in 2007, and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


ST: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/Chelsea) 
He was voted African Footballer of the Year twice; 2006 and 2009.  The best part of his career was spent with Chelsea.  He won the Champions' League for 20011-12. He also finished the top scorer in the Premiership twice.  For his country, he led Ivory Coast to the World Cup Finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He was their all-time leading scorer.
Didier Drogba 

Honorable Mention
Nuno Valente(Leiria/Porto), Vitor Baia (Porto), Costinha(Porto), Jorge Costa(Porto),  Maniche(Porto), Paulo Ferreira (Porto/Chelsea), Damien Duff(Chelsea), Joe Cole(Chelsea), William Gallas(Chelsea), Walter Samuel(Inter Milan), Marco Materazzi(Inter Milan), Ivan Cordoba(Inter Milan), Christian Chivu(Inter Milan), Dejan Stanković(Inter Milan), Pepe(Real Madrid), Iker Casillas(Real Madrid), Diego Lopez(Real Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain(Real Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic(Manchester United), Ed Hazard(Chelsea).

Squad Explanation
-- The top four keepers are Iker Casillas, Petr Cech and Julio Cesar and Vitor Baia.  They are very close.
-- Iker Casillas had a feud with Mourinho.  He lost his starting job because of an injury.  His decline did not become obvious until Carlo Ancelotti.   Under Mourinho, he was still among the best in his generation.  Petr Cech was also one of the best in his generation.  
-- David De Gea only played one season for him at the time of writing.  
-- I took a lot of players who followed Mourinho to different clubs. 
-- Paulo Ferreira played for him at both Porto and Chelsea, but Maicon and Zanetti were all-timers.  Ferreira cannot break into the team.
-- Mourinho has a strong selection of right backs. Sergio Ramo started as a rightback for Jose Mourinho. Zanetti actually played centerback for Mourinho while Maicon played there.
-- He won two European trophies with Porto while he won the triple with Inter Milan.  
-- No Manchester United player was seriously considered.  At time of writing, he was there for a single season.  Despite winning the Europa Cup, it is not enough.  Zlatan Ibrahimovic only got an honourable mention.  He actually played for him at Milan too.
-- Mourinho's second stint with Chelsea was marked with both success and disappointment. Eden Hazard played well for a season under him so he got an Honorable Mention as well.
-- Mourinho used Samuel E'too on the left wing.
-- Mourinho took Derlei, Helton, Tiago and Nuno Valente from UD Leiria to Porto.  Derlei was selected for this team as a symbol of Mourinho's time at Leiria.  Besides, he was a key player for Porto in its European runs.
-- Mourinho liked to take his players from one team to another, but Juan Mata is not one of them. Mata was ignored by Mourinho at Chelsea so he left for Old Traford.  At Manchester United, Mata became one of 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Arsenal All-Time Team under Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Arsene Wenger has been the manager of Arsenal since 1996.  In the season 2013-2014 season, his team won the Premiership without losing a single game.  The team is nicknamed "Invincibles". 

The "Invincibles" winning the Premiership in 2004

Team
GK: David Seaman (England)
The peak of Seaman's career was during his period as Arsenal and England goalkeeper in the 1990s and early 2000s. At Arsenal, he won three league championships (1991, 1998, 2002), four FA Cups (1993, 1998, 2002, 2003), the League Cup in 1993 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1994.  He also played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, and Euro 96 and Euro 2000, and is England's second-most capped goalkeeper with 75 caps.

GK: Jens Lehmann  (Germany)
He was voted UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year for the 1996–97 and 2005–06 seasons, and was selected for three World Cup squads. He was a member of Arsenal's Invincibles, playing every match of their famous unbeaten title winning season. He also holds the UEFA Champions League record for the most consecutive clean sheets, having not conceded a goal in 10 matches whilst at Arsenal.

GK: Petr Cech  (the Czech Republic)
He is best remembered for being Chelsea's undisputred starting keeper from 2004 to 2014.  He won almost everything in club football, including the Champions'League in 2012.  He is considered among the greatest of his era. He also played for Sparta Prague, Rennes and Arsenal. For Czech Republic, he is the most capped player in the history of the Czech team, with 124 caps.

RB:  Lauren Etame Mayer (Cameroon)
He was a part of Arsenal's "Invincibles", a title given to Arsenal's team that went undefeated team in the Premiership.  He was named PFA Team of the Year that season.  He won two African Cup of Nations. He also won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Cameroon.

RB: Lee Dixon (England)
Dixon played as a right-back for Arsenal, Burnley, Bury, Chester City and Stoke City.  He was a part of Arsenal's famous back four along with Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn. Dixon is also one of the only players in English football history to have won a league title in three different decades with the same club. 
Lee Dixon

CB: Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)
He is Yaya Toure's brother.  He was a member of Arsenal's undefeated team in 2003-2004.  He later joined Manchester City andLiverpool. Touré is the second-most capped player for the Ivory Coast, with 118 appearances from 2000 to 2015. He represented the team at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals. Touré also represented the Ivory Coast at seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments between 2002 and 2015, helping them finish runner-up in 2006 and 2012, while winning in 2015.

CB: Sol Campbell (England)
A member of Arsenal's "Invincibles" that went undefeated in 2003-2004 season.  He spent 9 seasons for Tottenham Hotsours before moving to its rival Arsenal on a free transfer.  For England, he earned 73 caps in 11 years.  He went to three World Cup Finals.
Sol Campbell

CB: Martin Keown (England)
Keown's career lasted from 1984 to 2005, notably in the Premier League for Arsenal, where he made over 400 appearances for the club and won 10 honours. He also played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Everton, Leicester City and Reading. He won 43 caps for England, gradually forming a respected defensive partnership with Arsenal teammate Tony Adams at both club and international level. Keown represented England at four major international football finals including the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

CB: Laurent Koscielny (France)
He started his career in the lower division in France before moving to Lorient in 2009.  He moved to Arsenal in 2010.  Less than a season later, he was called up to the French national team.  He had also considered playing for Poland.  The French centerback had played on the rightback for Arsenal.

CB: Tony Adams (England)
A club legend with Arsenal who became the club captain at the age of 21.  His status is erected at the Emirates Stadium. He formed the legendary backline with Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Steve Bould with club.  He was a fixture for England from 1987 to 2000.
Tony Adams

LB: Ashley Cole (England)
Ashley Cole was considered one of the finest leftbacks of his generation.  He was voted the England Player of the Year in 2010. He played in 3 WC Finals.  He is also England's most-capped full-back in history.  He played with Arsenal, but moved to its rival Chelsea.  He won the Champions' League in 2012 with Chelsea. 

LB: Nigel Winterburn (England)
Known for his role alongside the likes of Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Martin Keown and Lee Dixon playing for Arsenal's backline in the 1990's.  He also played for West Ham.  Capped twice for England.

DM: Gilberto Silva (Brazil)
Gilberto Silva started his career with Atlético Mineiro.  He was best remembered for his 6 seasons with Arsenal. He was a key player at the 2002 WC finals in Japan/Korea after Emerson was injured before the tournament.
Gilberto Silva 
CM: Ray Parlour (England)
He spent his career playing for Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Hull City. During his Arsenal career he was nicknamed "The Romford Pelé"; although the nickname was given with an ironic sense of humour, on account of his solid performance but unglamorous image. He has been described as an "unsung hero".  Capped 10 times.

CM: Patrick Vieira (France)
He is an Arsenal all-time great.  He won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.  In England. he was famous for his rivalry with Roy Keane.  With "Les Bleus", he won the WC in 1998 and European Championship in 2000.  He earned 107 caps.
Patrick Vieira vs Keane

RW/LW:  Robert Pires (France)
Part of the "French Connection" at Arsenal.  He played there from 2000 to 2006.  For France, he won the WC in 1998 and European Championship in 2000.  He was capped 79 times.

RW/LW: Fredrik Ljungberg (Sweden)
He began his career at Halmstads BK and went on to spend most of his career at Arsenal, where he won honours including two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, scoring in two finals including the victory in 2002.  He also had short spells at a number of clubs in England, Scotland, the United States and Japan. Ljungberg earned 75 caps and was captain of the Swedish national team until he announced his international retirement after UEFA Euro 2008.
Fredrik Ljungberg 
LW/RW: Marc Overmars (Holland)
Known for his speed, Overmars was a member of the youthful Ajax team that won the European cup in 1995. He moved to Arsenal in 1997, where he starred playing under Arsene Wenger.  He won the Double in 1997-1998.  He later moved to Barcelona and Go Ahead Eagles. His career with Oranja lasted from 1993 to 2004, and was an important player.  He won the Best Young Player Award at USA 1994. 

AM/SS: Cesc Fabregas (Spain)
Cesc was lured to play for Arsenal's academy in 2003.  He made his first time debut as a teenager. he helped Arsenal to reach the Champions' league Final in 2005.  He retuned to Spain in 2011 with Barcelona, but returned to England in 2014.  He was a part of Spain that won the WC in 2010 and two European Championships.

AM: Mesut Özil (Germany)
A third generation German of Turkish decent.  He played for Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen before making a dream move to Real Madrid after South Africa 2010.  He moved to Arsenal in 2013.  He was a part of Germany's World Cup winning team in 2014.
Mesut Özil
FW/RW: Alexis Sanchez (Chile)
After his debut season of first-team football with Cobreloa, Sánchez was signed by Italy's Udinese in 2006. Following successful loans at Colo-Colo and River Plate, he began playing in Serie A. In 2011, he was signed by Barcelona for £25 million, becoming the most expensive transfer in Chilean football history. In 2014, he moved rot Arsenal.  At the time of writing, he earned 108 caps.  He has played in the WC Finals of 2010 and 2014. He helped Chile to win the 2015 Copa America.  A year later, he led Chile to win Copa América Centenario in the US.

FW:  Theirry Henry (France)
He is the all-time leading scorer for both Arsenal and France.  He was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year twice, and the FWA Footballer of the Year three times. He spent 8 seasons with Arsenal. He also played for Monaco, Barcelona and NY Red Bulls. He earned over 120 caps, winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

FW: Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)
Kanu was voted as Nigeria's greatest player.  He captained Nigeria's Gold Medal team at Atlanta 1996.  He was African Player of the Year in 1996 and 1999.  He was a member of Ajax that won the 1995 Champions' League and considered one of the greatest club sides in history.  Because of a heart condition, his career in Italy was interrupted and joined Arsenal in 1999, where he enjoyed 6 great seasons.

FW: Dennis Bergkamp (Holland)
Bergkamp was the best-known Dutch player of the mid-1990's.  He helped Holland to reach the semi-final of the 1998 WC Finals in France.  His goal vs Argentina at was considered among the best ever scored in WC history.  He started with Ajax and played for Inter Milan.  He also had a successful career with Arsenal.
Dennis Bergkamp

ST: Robin Van Persie (Holland)

Van Persie started with Feyenoord, but spent the cream of his career playing in England for Arsenal and Manchester United. He spent 8 seasons with Arsenal, winning both PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Player of the Year in 2011-2012.  Immediately after winning the two awards, he made a controversial transfer to rival Manchester United after the season. He won the Premiership in his first season with Manchester United.  At the time of writing, he has earned 98 caps.  He was a key player for the Oranje from the WC Finals 2006 to now.
Robin Van Persie

Honorable Mention 
Santi Cazorla, Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Eboue, Edu, Theo Walcott, Sylvain Wiltord, William Gallas, Emmanuel Petit, Tomáš Rosický, Gaël Clichy, Mesut Özil, Emmanuel Adebayor, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Squad Explanation
-- At the time of writing, Wenger had used 16 keepers.  Only three stood up.  Most of them did not last long enough.
-- I brought 5 centerbacks because I could not decide which one to drop.
-- The "Dixon/Adams/Bould/Winterburn/Bould" line served Arsenal well, but "Lauren/Campbell/Toure/Cole" line was more for Wenger's team. 
-- I was undecided about the rightback position. Bacary Sagna deserved to be on the team, but I kept Lauren who was on the "Invincibles".  Dixon probably played his best football before Wenger's time, but I took him over Sagna.
-- Steve Bould did not play much under Wenger.
--Petit is the last player cut.

Formation