WORST XI

1. Richard Wright
Arrived as the new David Seaman. After several errors, departed six months later as the older Stuart Taylor.

2. Justin Hoyte
Made more than 60 appearances but never looked comfortable. At Arsenal from the age of nine, he was eventually coaxed to leave in 2008.

3. Armand Traoré
Has recovered somewhat at QPR and has competition from Andre Santos in this position, but looked a feckless disaster whenever he lined out for Wenger.

4. Mark Randall
Much-tipped schemer on the fringes of first team for several season. Never impressed. Bounced around lower leagues and currently with MK Dons.

5. Igors Stepanovs
Latvian centre-half associated with many calamities, notably the 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford in 2001.

6. Stathis Tavlaridis
Known as The Bull for his aggressive style, the Greek arrived for a million pounds from Iraklis Thessaloniki in 2001. Turns out his reputation was largely bull.

7. Amaury Bishoff
Mysterious French-Portuguese midfielder who arrived from Werder Bremen as an injured “gamble on talent”. The mystery was never solved. He departed after one sub appearance.

8. Julio Baptista
Shouldn’t be in Wenger’s worst midfield in terms of talent, but certainly should in terms of the return on his much heralded arrival. Neither beast or beauty.

9. Tomas Danilevičius
Lithuania’s record goalscorer couldn’t quite interrupt the Henry-Bergkamp axix. The beanpole frontman made two league starts in 2000.

10. Fabián Caballero
Paraguayan hot prospect signed on loan in 1998. Most notable contribution; a red card for punching Preston’s Ryan Kidd in an FA Cup tie.

11. Kaba Diawara
The Guinean played in England for Arsenal, West Ham and Blackburn. Never scored a goal. Hit the post many times for Arsenal though.

BEST XI

1. David Seaman
Won two doubles and edges Jens Lehman on sanity alone. On the pitch anyway.

2. Lauren
People didn’t tend to talk very much about Arsenal’s soft centre when he was around. A menacing presence and tidy, versatile, footballer.

3. Ashley Cole
Once you’ve broken up the ‘famous back-four’ Cole is a cert over Nigel Winterburn. Maybe England’s best-ever in the position.

5. Tony Adams
Won most things in the drinking years, won them again with Wenger in the sober years.

6. Sol Campbell
You certainly couldn’t leave him out, considering what you might be accused of. But a deserved selection as one of the key rocks of the unbeaten season.

4. Patrick Vieira
Maybe Arsene will yet rectify matters this season, but he has won nothing at the club without Vieira.

7 Robert Pires
Started slowly and faded towards the end of his Arsenal time. Maybe never recaptured his best after the cruciate injury in 2002. But his best was magnificent.

8. Emmanuel Petit
Fabregas a candidate here, but is tainted by failure. Petit’s Arsenal flourish was brief but his partnership with Vieira almost became a template for the perfect midfield.

9. Thierry Henry
Didn’t play in arguably Wenger’s most exciting team; the side that charged to the 1998 double. But while Anelka defected, Henry injected swagger into Wenger’s powerful model and for many years was the chief reason the stadium was always full and the Arsenal ticket exchange remained busy.

10. Dennis Bergkamp
If Wenger was fortunate to inherit a defence, he was equally blessed to find a velvet cog to hang his passing game on.

11. Marc Overmars
Another whose star at Arsenal burned out fast but only Ljungberg in 2002 came close to emulating his knack for important goals in the 1998 run-in.

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