As we continue to build Arsenal’s “Team of the Decade” from the last 10 seasons (2010 – 2019) it’s time to move on to one of the most crucial positions on the pitch – central defence.
If you have not yet voted in the goalie and fullback categories, you can find the links in the menu bar below.
Choose your TWO preferred CBs from the list and cast your votes accordingly. Results will not be revealed until the entire team has been compiled.
As a reminder, for simplicity we are going with a 4-3-3 formation so please make your choices with that in mind. Some players (such as Sol Campbell, who only had a handful of games in the decade in question, have not been included).
The “Muscles from Brussels,” our hard hitting Belgian, was not actually from Brussels, but the “Twerp from Antwerp” didn’t sound as good. Tommy V was with us for five seasons before leaving for Barcelona and was a mainstay for much of that time.
Scrapes in because he started 26 games in the 2009-10 season, but left the following year. Undoubtedly a capable player, but perhaps his best years were at Chelsea. He’ll always be remembered (not favourably) for sitting down on the pitch and going on strike in the game where Eduardo’s leg was snapped in half.
There were doubts about Kozzer when he first arrived but in time he became a very successful CB for us. His predilection for throwing his face in front of opposition players’ boots, knees and elbows was an additional source of entertainment.
Arrived in the same window as Koscielny, but The Squid never established himself in the same way and was on his way after only 38 starts.
I have a theory that big Johan could have been a top player for us, but his reputation went down the pan when he was forced to spend an extended spell at right back due to an injury crisis among our fullbacks (sound familiar?). He was just not cut out for that role, and although he generally did well for us when playing central defence, he never recovered from his dodgy time at FB.
The BFG arrived as a seasoned German international and World Cup winner and very quickly made us better. A great reader of the game and an excellent distributor from the back.
Gabriel got 53 starts in two-and-a-half seasons. He looked scary enough to frighten opposition strikers half to death and was not a bad player, but failed to cement a role as a first choice CB.
It’s been a stop-start career at Arsenal for Rob. He did have an outstanding game when we won the FA Cup in 2017.
Currently out of favour after recent blunders, but it wasn’t always that way for Mustafi. When he joined we went on a long run of games in which we were unbeaten whenever he played. He was a pretty consistent presence in his first three seasons, with 37, 36 and 38 starts respectively.
Sok gets in in the last season under consideration here (2018-19) with 39 starts. Big, solid and brave, he has been a fairly reliable presence without (I think it’s fair to say) ever fully convincing the supporters that he’s the answer to our defensive woes.