Arsenal’s best player?
While watching the game against Stoke at the weekend I got to thinking about who was Arsenal’s best player, not in that particular game but in the Premiership era.
I wasn’t concerned with who scored the most goals, who provided the most assists or who put in the most miles on the pitch, no none of that statistical bollix.
Who got your blood racing when they were on the ball? Who got you on your feet when they were lining up a shot on goal? Who entertained you?
There’s a whole host of players to choose from.
The back line that Arsene inherited from George Graham were awesome but watching the choreographed raising of the right arm to signal an off-side to the ref didn’t raise my pulse rate, except when the ref got the decision wrong and our opponents scored, that is.
Smiffy, Wrighty and Merse excited but Dickov?
The incomparable Dennis Bergkamp. What can I say?
Patrick Vieira, in his pomp, striding imperiously about the pitch always gave me a lift.
Nicholas Anelka? For a while.
Marc Overmars and Manu Petit wonderful, Isiaiah Rankin hmm.
Freddie Lundberg’s runs behind the defence and Kanu scoring from an “impossible” angle.
Davor Suker’s silky skills and of course Thierry Henry.
Sylvan Wiltord and Bobby Pires, Gilberto and Andre Arshavin, four goals against Liverpuddle, who can forget.
I could go on but will only add a few more up to date names, Santi, Alexis, Mesut, Theo and Ollie.
These are all players that I could watch and enjoy forever. Over the years these are the players who have entertained me.
How about you AAers, which players have put a smile on your faces? What was your favourite moment?
Written by Norfolk Gooner