Today we move onto one of the pivotal midfield positions as we look to build what AA readers consider to be our Team of the Decade (2010-2019).
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We’re going for a 4-3-3 formation (if you don’t like that approach, feel free to have a moan in comments). Today you have the chance to select one player to be the most defensively minded player in that midfield three. In the next Post you’ll be asked to fill in the other two MF positions.
We thought he was going to be the next Gilberto but it never happened. Even so he was a regular presence in our midfield for a few years.
Sometimes it was a sweet song, sometimes an out-of-tune one, but Alex gave us good service over several seasons and had some great moments.
Arrived at a tricky time and exuded pure class for his entire spell at Arsenal. Good to have him back as the boss.
A good workhorse of a holding midfielder who maybe never lived up to his potential with us.
Did a decent job during his second spell at the club. Tidy and competitive.
Arrived as back up for the holding MF role and got a fair few outings. Mo was a good passer who seldom lost possession but perhaps could have been a bit more dynamic.
The decade we’re looking at precedes his controversies so you should put those out of your mind. He has been one of our most regular starters since his arrival.
When the Terrier joined us we breathed a sigh of relief, because we so clearly needed a combative DM. He quickly became a fan favourite although being played out of position by Unai Emery did him no favours.