Thursday, 17 March 2011


This is the squad that Arsene Wenger inhereted when he joined Arsenal
 1. David Seaman         
 2. Lee Dixon            
 3. Nigel Winterburn     
 4. Patrick Vieira       
 5. Steve Bould          
 6. Tony Adams           
 7. David Platt          
 8. Ian Wright           
 9. Paul Merson          
10. Dennis Bergkamp     
11. Glenn Helder         
12. Andy Linighan        
13. Vince Bartram        
14. Martin Keown         
15. Ray Parlour          
16. John Hartson         
17. David Hillier        
18. Steve Morrow         
19. Remi Garde           
20. Chris Kiwomya        
21. Eddie McGoldrick     
22. Ian Selley          
23. Paul Dickov          
24. John Lukic           
25. Scott Marshall        
26. Lee Harper           
27. Paul Shaw            
28. Stephen Hughes       
29. Adrian Clarke        
30. Gavin McGowan        
31. Matthew Rose         

I remember at the time thinking that he had some good 'uns there from which to build. Players who had experience of winning. Players who weren't particularly injury prone. Players that were part of the fabric of the club. A genuine superstar in Bergkamp and a future leader, signed by Wenger before before his arrival, in Vieira.

There were also a large number of players who, for want of a better word, where dead wood; part of Graham's obsessional later years at the club. These players were not of the required standard and everyone knew it. Those players were swiftly despatched and better version's bought in. In a nutshell he got the broom out.

  1. Manuel Almunia
  2. Lukasz Fabianski
  3. Vito Mannone
  4. Wojciech Szczesny
  5. Bacary Sagna
  6. Thomas Vermaelen
  7. Laurent Koscielny
  8. Sebastien Squillaci
  9. Johan Djourou
  10. Gael Clichy
  11. Kieran Gibbs
  12. Armand Traore
  13. Abou Diaby
  14. Francesc Fabregas
  15. Tomas Rosicky
  16. Denilson
  17. Aaron Ramsey
  18. Alexandre Song
  19. Jack Wilshere
  20. Andrey Arshavin
  21. Emmanuel Eboue
  22. Robin Van Persie
  23. Carlos Vela
  24. Theo Walcott
  25. Marouane Chamakh
  26. Nicklas Bendtner
  27. Jens Lehman
This is Wenger's current squad. I wonder what a new manager coming to the club would do with these players?
I would suggest that any new arrival in the Emirates hot seat would have an equal task in hand, if not more difficult; He won't have 12 proven winners to build on!
This is the most telling thing about where our club currently stand.

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