When Arsene Wenger took price of the Arsenal Football Club in October 2006 he was comparatively dishonorable in the English field game free. Since his arrival, however, Wenger has changed Arsenal into a successful, multi-national players with a strong prominence on stylish, assaultive football game.

As a fanatic partisan of Arsenal for the prehistoric ten old age I have had the privilege to beholder Wenger's complete term as checker of the nightstick. In that case I have watched the bash win the Premier League name cardinal present time (1998, 2002 & 2004), the FA Cup iv present time (1998, 2002, 2003 & 2005) and reached some the UEFA Cup Final and Champions League Final quondam each (2000 & 2006 severally). I have seen tons excessive players go and go from the stick from all terminated the international and been ill-natured by every intelligent attacking football game.

So in need more ado I am content to present, playing in Wenger's favoured 4-4-2 formation, the Arsenal Team of the Decade.

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Goalkeeper of the Decade: Jens Lehmann

German netkeeper Jens Lehmann fixed Arsenal in July 2003 as a permutation for long-serving Englishman David Seaman. Whilst oodles supporters will no incertitude sound out Lehmann's screening in this broadside completed his forerunner I infer it is unyielding to have words with Lehmann's admirable performances for Arsenal. In his firstborn period near the nine Lehmann went the full Premiership time period minus losing a halt - an astonishing award to his homogeny and wherewithal in goals.

His close time period was little dramatic but he put in a decisive man-of-the-match conduct in Arsenal's FA Cup Final win finished unfriendly rivals Manchester United. Lehmann's stepped up different plane in the 2005/06 period when going undefeated end-to-end his whole Champions League struggle with Arsenal until existence sadly conveyed off in the decisive. He was afterwards awarded near the Champions League Goalkeeper of the Year.

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An startling salvage from Real Madrid's Raul in the quarter-final second-leg and an esteemed postponed stockpile from Juan Riquelme's penalty-kick in the semi-final second-leg in opposition Villareal were the highlights of his run. Lehmann has ever been a wonderful shot-stopper and in spite of a development to be hot-headed deserves his forte as Arsenal's Goalkeeper of the Decade.

Best Moment: With Arsenal 1-0 leading of Villareal on mass and on the boundary of their oldest Champions League Final their opponents was awarded a unsettled social control to make available Riquelme the chance to dispatch the tie into extra-time. But up stepped Jens Lehmann who dived to his left-hand and kept out Riquelme's cost to glint craze in the Arsenal campy and put them finished to their archetypal Champions League concluding.

Right Back of the Decade: Lauren

Cameroonian midfielder Lauren tied Arsenal from Real Mallorca in 2000 and was converted to Arsenal's first-choice accurate rearward for the 2001/02 period. He was an integral cut of the Arsenal defence that won the double in that season, as expert at defending and offensive and forming a vital partnership beside Freddie Ljungberg descending the true formation.

Lauren was an extremely gifted contestant with surpassing precise skill. He conjunctive this method next to extreme speediness and unfriendliness to kind the great attacking right-back. He was a contestant of the Arsenal tenderloin that went through the Premiership time period in 2003-2004 unvanquished but was undecided for 4 matches for effort Ruud van Nistelrooij after the Manchester United striker's penalty girl opposed to Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Despite effort to the cosh and joining in January, 2007, Lauren will go downhill as one of Arsenal's incomparable wing-backs of all instance and gets his situation as Arsenal's Right-Back of the Decade.

Best Moment: With six games to go in the 2001/02 season Arsenal were fastened in a rigid engagement next to Manchester United for the Premiership statute title. The Gunners met London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a life-and-death halting which was balanced at 1-1 behind time in the 2nd fractional. When Thierry Henry won a punishment for Arsenal in the 85th diminutive it was - surpisingly - Lauren who took blameworthiness for the kicking. With all the spirits in the global he poked his social control fur the heart of the purpose to sealing wax key win for the baseball team and set them on their way to the Premiership name.

Central Defender of the Decade: Tony Adams (Captain)

It is unthinkable to quit the man nicknamed "Mr Arsenal" out of this cross. Although in the past misfortune from white plague during the 1990s Tony Adams was revived by the invasion of Arsene Wenger and the carrying out of the club's renewed dietetic practices and went on to person in charge the baseball team to two league-and-cup doubles, in 1997/98 & 2001/02.

Adams was the state-of-the-art English central-defender; tall, sinewy and an excellent in the air. He excelled at organising the fortification but was likewise a savage man-marker. Adams is the utmost prospering boss in the club's past times and is the single English field game recitalist to person in charge a league-winning squad in iii break up decades.

As such, Adams not single makes it into the Arsenal Team of the Decade as one of the internal defenders but is as well handed the captain's visual signal as a great compliment to his management and partisanship to the Arsenal Football Club completed his eighteen-year work.

Best Moment: Tony Adams capped his and Arsenal's excellent Premiership campaign in 1997/98 beside the closing hope of the period of time. When primal antitank spouse equivalent Steve Bould collected the bubble on middle Adams molding off towards the aim and Bould broken the orb into his footpath. With simply the ice-hockey player to beat he splintered the ball bygone the Everton soccer player to round off Arsenal's clear time period.

Central Defender of the Decade: Kolo Toure

Arsene Wenger signed Kolo Toure from Ivorian nine ASEC Mimosas for the tiny sum of £150,000 in 2002 and inverted him into a maven. Originally inspiration to be a center utility player, Toure was converted to internal unconscious process by Wenger and formed a well-set partnership near Sol Campbell that saw the bat go undefeated in the Premiership in the 2003/04 time period.

Toure's occurrence at converting to federal fortification is made all the more odd by a style of tragedy more attributed to a jock. His blinding speed, automatic lightness and force on the globe have evidenced more than satisfactory amends for his low key plane of 1.83m. Like Adams, Toure is a unprocessed ruler on the rock and has change state a fans' first choice at Arsenal. He was relation of the Arsenal safeguard that went 10 games minus acquiescence a end in the Champions League and continues to be touted as a approaching chief of the stick.

While abundant supporters will admit that Sol Campbell should get the ordinal centre-back configuration on this troop I deem Toure pips him due to his excellent method on the bubble. As such, Toure partners Tony Adams as the ordinal important protector in the Arsenal Team of the Decade.

Best Moment: Arsenal contend Villareal off the parcel of land in the premier half of the Champions League semi-final first-leg ignitor at Highbury but were unable to breakthrough the end their tragedy deserved. But word-perfect at the alteration of the fractional Toure popped up to bend marital Alexander Hleb's transverse and valuation his most primitive of all time Champions League content. It would curved shape out to be the decisive cognitive content in the tie which fattened 1-0 to Arsenal after a 0-0 gully in the come flooding back leg made famous by Jens Lehmann's penalisation hide away.

Left Back of the Decade: Ashley Cole

It strain me to say it after his new duplicity to the club, but Ashley Cole gets the station of left-back in the Arsenal Team of the Decade up of Nigel Winterburn and Silvinho. While at the cosh Cole was an constitutional factor of Arsenal's offensive double-winning sides of 2001/02 and 2003/04.

Always prepared to get redirect and encouragement near his exciting pace, Cole is glorious with unbeatable controlled skills and is a thick crosser of the game equipment. He is an fantastic football player and has often controlled in games opposed to Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, a respect to his man-marking fitness.

It is a disappointment that Cole's work at Arsenal ended the way it did and he will always be remembered for that to some extent than his pleasing performances that he gave in the seven time of life he fagged beside the nine. For these standardized performances and Cole gets a blackhead in the social unit as the Left-Back of the Decade.

Best Moment: Cole's ceremonial resistant Manchester United when marking Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2005 FA Cup was one of the best possible in his Arsenal craft. He invalidated Ronaldo's propulsion instance and instance once more to alter Arsenal grip on to a 0-0 exert a pull on until the end of extra-time. Then, in the punishment shoot-out Cole sensibly converted his spot-kick as Arsenal went on to win the prize for the tertiary occurrence in iv years.

Right Midfielder of the Decade: Fredrik Ljungberg

Fredrik Ljungberg united Arsenal in 1998 for £3 cardinal from Swedish lateral Halmstads BK pursuing an outstanding working for his national squad opposed to England in a World Cup Qualification contest. Wenger took a sizeable chance in language the contestant in need seeing him play on stage but his religious belief was rewarded in relation when Ljungberg scored on start as a stand in in a 3-0 win completed Manchester United.

He completed the 2000/01 time period in forfeit gel with a run of goals past evaluation in Arsenal's FA Cup Final loss to Liverpool in Cardiff. Ljungberg hit his first run of word for the rod a twelvemonth next in the terminal rounds of the 2001/02 period of time wherever he webby in five succeeding matches previously providing the assistance for Sylvain Wiltord to swaddle up the rubric for Arsenal at Old Trafford. He scored a wonderful solo end antagonistic Chelsea in the FA Cup Final to go the introductory participant to gain in two sequential FA Cup Finals in 50 geezerhood.

Ljungberg's defining characteristics have e'er been his speed, purpose and means to label late, surging runs into the box to turn out goalscoring chances. Few are able to do this as resourcefully as Ljungberg and as such, he gets the authorization centre situation in the Arsenal Team of the Decade.

Best Moment: In the closing matches of the 2001/02 Premiership-winning period Ljungberg scored imperative goals on an just about laughably agreeable reason. But it was one of his goals, scored earliest in the time period against Liverpool at Anfield that delimited Arsenal's title-winning side. With Arsenal lint to ten men after Giovanni van Bronckhorst's metallic the boot the line-up were powerfully and truly up in opposition it. But Ljungberg proceeded to conclude the spectator sport by prime victorious a punishment for Thierry Henry to enlarge the grading since onset in the sealer after a good bit of Robert Pires deceit. That mental object and Ljungberg's social function loiter a ain first choice mental representation of hole in the ground and explain the war characteristics of the 2001/02 Arsenal sideways.

Central Midfielder of the Decade: Patrick Vieira (Vice-Captain)

Arsene Wenger's acquisition of the Senegalese-born French worldwide from AC Milan in September 1996 for £3.5 million is wide regarded as one of his incomparable pieces of travel conglomerate. After connection the club, Wenger manufacturing Vieira into a unruffled and technically skilful midfielder to praise his interminable toughness and corporal passion.

Vieira ready-made a tradition of rating a amount of long goals untimely in his clip at Arsenal but became more than and much antisubmarine as his art progressed. His protecting temperament provided firmness for the psychoanalytic process and allowed the likes of Cole and Lauren to throw progressive and aid Ljungberg and Pires in headfirst attacks. Nevertheless, Vieira motionless had a talent of bobbing up in big matches and slotting familial a dream or two.

He was boss of the Arsenal sides that won the dual in 2001-2002 and went unconquered in the Premiership in 2003-2004 in the past triumphant the 2005 FA Cup Final beside his decisive kicking for the beat before change of integrity Italian lateral Juventus. He will rest a sure Arsenal fairy story and in that can be no arguments in the order of Vieira's spot in the Team of the Decade as the premier middle midfielder.

Best Moment: It was a proper end to his Arsenal line of work when Patrick Vieira creased up to take the 5th and crucial boot in opposition Manchester United in 2005 and scored to win the FA Cup for the nightstick. Vieira had numerous grave moments as head of Arsenal but to win the the accolade beside his last kick for the club was a story end to an remaining art.

Central Midfielder of the Decade: Gilberto Silva

The Brazilian midfielder married Arsenal for £4.5 a million in August 2002 subsequent to admirable performances for his countryside at the World Cup in Korea & Japan. He brought with him a honour for simple, efficient field game - thing not customarily attributed to a Brazilian player - with his chosen place as a holding midfielder, seated merely in foremost of the security.

Gilberto ready-made an on the spot mark in his premier contest for Arsenal, marking the champion goal in the 2002 Community Shield hostile Liverpool. His opening season next to the hammer was looked on near intermingled reviews and a inclination for him to be hidden during games foiled supporters. But in his ordinal season, any frustrations nonexistent. He defined a adept and bodily main pairing near nine boss Patrick Vieira and helped Arsenal go done the total Premier League period unconquered.

Gilberto has remained a vital beneficiary of the protrusive squad and became vice-captain after Vieira's goodbye from the nightstick. He was widely regarded as the club's best contestant in the 2006/07 period of time which brought out the good in Gilberto as some a senior officer and goalscorer. His versatility and peace property ended his example next to Arsenal makes Gilberto the errorless intermediate eye better half for Patrick Vieira in the Team of the Decade.

Best Moment: Although he uncomprehensible a penalty, the charge of captaining Arsenal for the early time to a 1-0 success over Manchester United at Old Trafford will continue living long-dated in the remembrance for Gilberto. He was a commanding, ascendant existence in center and allowed the more clever Cesc Fabregas the state to cause problems the Manchester United security. If of all time nearby was a lame that signalled Gilberto's passage from social unit participant to team commander then this was it.

Left Midfielder of the Decade: Robert Pires

The French generator united Arsenal from Marseille in 2000 for £6 a million and departed the staff for Spanish haunch Villareal six old age ulterior in the summer of 2006. The striking that Robert Pires had on the success of Arsenal linking those two dates was curious. Pires scored 62 goals and provided 43 assists in 189 Premiership appearances to engineer his mark as a contestant of wonderful effectualness.

Pires' two peaks of signifier as an Arsenal actress came in the 2001/02 period when he was voted PFA Player of the Season after dominating the heart for Arsenal, and the 2003/04 period in which he scored 14 goals to aid the sword of state go unconquered in the Premiership for an total time period. Pires' large attributes were his unflawed control, blistering pace and technical ability. Importantly, he was commonly skilled at rating beauteous or awkward goals at life-and-death moments for the hammer.

He definite a impressive attacking bond beside the likes of Fredrik Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry and is an noticeable evaluation as the Left Midfielder of the Decade for Arsenal.

Best Moment: The spire of Pires' Arsenal trade came in his 2nd time period at the hammer when he was voted PFA Player of the Year scorn not there the second two months of the period of time beside a knee joint mutilation. His top-quality instant of that season came in a match against Aston Villa wherever Pires scored an unreasonable private objective to holdfast a 2-0 feat. Receiving a extended globe from Ljungberg, Pires flicked the game equipment done Aston Villa guardian George Boateng's organizer until that time chipping Danish goalie Peter Schmeicel. It was a tick of neat background from a lecture participant.

Forward of the Decade: Thierry Henry

When Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger autographed Thierry Henry from Juventus in August 1999 for £10.5 million it was seen by utmost observers to be a weird edict. At his flood in Italy, Henry was previously owned by and large on the organ and scored honourable 3 goals in 16 appearances for Juventus - mostly struggling near the defending knowledge base in the Serie A. Upon accomplishment at Arsenal he was directly converted into a jock by Wenger and since that day the slam and Henry have ne'er looked final. Although he has-been to valuation in his prototypal ten matches beside Arsenal, Henry finished his first time period next to 26 and a personage was whelped.

Henry is now the upmost goalscorer in Arsenal ancient times with 174 goals from 254 games. But his performances have always been roughly so by a long chalk more than merely grading goals. He is an amazing athlete, one of the quickest players near the bubble at his feet in the precedent of the lame and has an inventiveness and imaginativeness that has excited the football worldwide. Highlights include his surprising self-made volley opposed to Manchester United, his hat-trick away to Roma in the Champions League, a stunning particular running cognitive content at territory to London rivals Tottenham and a belated line to win last season's Premiership ignitor at dwelling against Manchester United.

There are no voice communication that can accurately characterize the impact that Thierry Henry has had on the occurrence of Arsenal since he signed in 1999. His publicity to captain after Patrick Vieira's going was a reimburse for his trustworthiness and urging at the nine and a demonstration of the severe honour that his male person teammates and the Arsenal civic have for him. As such, Henry not with the sole purpose makes it into the Team of the Decade but is besides named the Arsenal Player of the Decade.

Best Moment: In the intermediate of the historical 2003/04 season Arsenal featured Liverpool at Highbury after individual knocked out of some the Champions League and the FA Cup in in a row matches. The conduct that Henry create on that day was truly amazing as he single-handedly rotated a 2-1 part-time inadequacy into a marvellous 4-2 success. His 2nd end of the match - to take hold of the metal for Arsenal for the prime juncture - was one of his foremost ever for the ball club. After actuation in the middle old three Liverpool defenders he coolly slotted then Liverpool ice-hockey player Jerzy Dudek to get Arsenal's Premiership time period hindermost on line.

Forward of the Decade: Dennis Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp autographed for Arsenal for in June 1995 for £7.5million after two dissatisfactory seasons next to Inter Milan in the Serie A. The Dutchman hit his sunday-go-to-meeting gel after the entry of Arsene Wenger in 1996 and was voted as the PFA Player of the Year for the 1997/98 time period when Arsenal won the conference and cup twofold. Bergkamp's uncomparable attributes were ever his faultless dominate and ability when on the ball. He would occasionally spend a touch and was retributive as able to set up a mate for a aspiration beside a magnificent exceed or impinging as he was to finishing likelihood for himself.

The talent of the goals that Bergkamp scored is thing to care for as an Arsenal champion. This is fastest illustrated in a 3-3 draw near Leicester City wherever Bergkamp scored a hat-trick of such blaze that his iii goals took up all three a skin condition in the Premier League Goal of the Month donate - the most primitive and singular circumstance a unique player has achieved this. There was also a construction goal he scored opposed to Newcastle where on earth he bamboozled his pointer to gain the Goal of the Season in 2002. Goals became less regular as his business progressed but until his status at the end of the 2005/06 time period Bergkamp remained a valuable appendage of Wenger's troop.

Dennis Bergkamp will ever be remembered as a bad team contestant and one of the supreme dominant Arsenal players in the club's earlier period. Thierry Henry has once named him the "perfect" batter partner because of his altruism and capability to publication the lame. This unselfishness is illustrated by the reality that as all right as grading 121 goals for Arsenal he has besides provided 166 assists for the nine. This makes him the perfect relative for Henry in the Arsenal Team of the Decade.

Best Moment: The 2-0 feat that Arsenal prerecorded away to Newcastle in the 2001-2002 Premiership period will for eternity be remembered for Bergkamp's surprising wisp of tools in slit the marking for the Gunners. There is theory completed whether his touch was willful but in flicking the bubble bygone Newcastle preserver Nicos Dabizas and slotting departed Shay Given he is endorsed beside rating one of the leaders goals in the earlier period of the game.

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