Your ultimate AFC XI with English players only from players playing from the 1990s onwards for us…

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So as we have Ramsdale, Saka and ESR in the England squad and we also have Balogun in the youth set-up, it may be time to reflect on our English contingent at AFC since 1990 and onwards…Who will make it in your ultimate all English AFC XI?

Here is mine:

Seaman – Keown, Adams, Campbell, Cole – Parlour, Merson, Wilshere – Saka, Wright, Walcott

Will Jenkinson, Bould, Winterburn, Dixon, Smith, Chambers, Chamberlain, AMN, ESR, Smith, Wellbeck, make it into your team?

A link to get some ideas


26 Responses to Your ultimate AFC XI with English players only from players playing from the 1990s onwards for us…

  1. Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Adams, Bould, Keown, Parlour, Wilshere, Saka, Wright, Smith.

  2. pbarany says:

    Well, if it has to be English, then Ramsey and Tierney are excluded unfortunately,,,
    Anyway, I created 2 English line-ups, an “old” and a fresh one.

    Subs: Bould, Winterburn, Upson, Pennant, Jeffers

    Subs: Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Oxelade-Chamberlain, Welbeck

  3. LBG says:

    Dixon at right back
    ESR for Walcott
    Wrighty to feed off our newest starlets, whilst being fed with through balls by Merse and Jack.
    No more “1-0 to the Arsenal”! More like ” 4-0 to the Arsenal”

    Azeez scores for Pompey to kick start his loan.
    Balogun to start one, I hope, at Christmas, unless there is a forward clearout, (Nketiah, Pepe, Laca, hope not, and even Aubang!!) in which case, keep and play him Mikel.
    The future’s bright, the future’s youth!

  4. RockyLives says:

    Oooh…. tricky.

    Here goes:


    Dixon – Adams – Campbell – Cole

    Rocastle – Davis – Richardson – ESR

    Merson – Wright

  5. RockyLives says:

    Brilliant back five.

    Rock solid in the middle of MF with Davis and Richardson.

    Goals, grit and creativity throughout the remaining players.

  6. LBG says:

    Done the checking now. Want to change mine completely
    Back four as was!
    Mid: Rocastle, Merson, Davis,Wilshere, Saka
    Front: Wright

  7. RC78 says:

    Did Rocastle play for us in the 1990s?

  8. RockyLives says:

    Yep – Rocky was with until 1992.

  9. RockyLives says:

    Famously as part of the 1989 league championship winning team at Anfield (and the League Cup champions of ’87).

    He also got a league champions medal in 1991 but I think his appearances were limited by injury.

  10. RockyLives says:

    It sounds like we’ll have three Gooners starting in the England team tonight – Saka, ESR and Ramsdale.

  11. LBG says:

    That’s what I was checking, with Paul D, Rocky.
    Couldnt not have your namesake in, since he is in my all time team ( mixed nations) of my sixty years watching The Arsenal.

  12. RC78 says:

    I really can’t recall him 😦

    My love affair with Arsenal started in 1993-1994 I think when they won a European cup…

  13. RockyLives says:

    Saka, ESR and Ramsdale all starting.

    Might actually watch an England game tonight.

  14. LBG says:

    Oh how much you missed! Presume you had linked Rocky the genius post writer with Rocky the genius footballer? You must also look up the footballer, to treat yourself sometime soon.

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  17. fred1266 says:

    Saka and Trent friends today enemies on Saturday

  18. RC78 says:

    For those who enjoy a bit of French-Belgium music:

    Stromae is a legend 🙂

  19. RockyLives says:

    Great to see our two young stars get on the score sheet (plus an assist for ESR as well).

    Clean sheet for Ramsdale.

  20. fred1266 says:

    It would have been so ideal if saka assisted ESR

  21. JM says:

    1990 to 2010 squad (20 years):

    David Seaman; Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Nigel Winterburn; Paul Davis, Ray Parlour, David Rocastle; Paul Merson, Ian Wright, Alan Smith.

    Bench: John Lukic, Steve Bould, Martin Keown, Ashley Cole, Ian Selley, David Platt, Kevin Campbell.

    2010 to current (2021) squad:

    Aaron Ramsdale; Calum Chambers, Ben White, Rob Holding, Kieran Gibbs, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Jack Wilshere, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka; Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck

    Bench: Matt Macey, Carl Jenkinson, Joe Willock, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Folarin Balogun.

  22. RockyLives says:

    How about a team made up of all-time NON-English Arsenal players who come from the British Isles (including Rep. of Ireland)?

    Rice – O’Leary – McLintock – Nelson
    Kelly – Brady – Ramsey – Graham
    Stapleton – Nicholas

    Subs: Wilson, Ure, Devine, Tierney, MacLeod, Herd

  23. JM says:


    Pat Jennings; Pat Rice, David O’Leary, Frank McLintock, Walley Barnes; Eddie Kelly, Alex James, Aaron Ramsey, George Graham, Liam Brady; Charlie Nicholas.

    Bench: Bob Wilson, Sammy Nelson, Kieran Tierney, Alex Forbes, Jimmy Logie, David Herd, Frank Stapleton.

  24. RockyLives says:

    I suspect older supporters would put Jack Kelsey in goal, but he’s a bit before my time.

    Apparently the Welshman was an extraordinary ‘keeper.

  25. Pete the Thirst says:

    I remember Jack Kelsey working in the Club shop back in the 80s on Avenell Road.

    I recall it was like a shed with a couple of doors and room for about 10 people at most. I think it opened up before and after a match. Quite different to the commercial set up these days.

    At the time I didn’t know who Jack Kelsey was, but plenty spoke very highly of him.

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