The greatest Arsenal XI of the 21st century including big Odegaard and Saka calls

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Picking an XI of the greatest Arsenal players so far in the 21st century

Arsenal have firmly established themselves as one of the true powerhouses of the Premier League era with success to rival most clubs in the English game. The name Arsene Wenger will always be synonymous with the Gunners since he arrived in North London during the mid-1990s and oversaw a remarkable turnaround in fortunes at a club that was in danger of drifting.

The turn of the millennium brought about a spell of remarkable success for the Frenchman that would lead to more than one historic achievement, including the Invincibles season, which is yet to be matched.

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But who makes the cut in the 3AddedMinutes Arsenal team of the 21st century. With tin hats on, here is our selection of the greatest Gunners of the millennium.

GK: David Seaman

David Seaman of Arsenal makes a spectacular save to keep Paul Peschisolido's header out in the FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Old Trafford (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)David Seaman of Arsenal makes a spectacular save to keep Paul Peschisolido's header out in the FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Old Trafford (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
David Seaman of Arsenal makes a spectacular save to keep Paul Peschisolido's header out in the FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Old Trafford (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Although the England stopper may well have been in the winter of his illustrious spell as a Gunner, he still remained a trusted number one until Jens Lehmann's arrival. Integral in the early part of the millennium for Arsene Wenger and a true Gunners legend.

RB: Lauren

There were a few options at right-back but the Cameroon star enjoyed a productive stay at Arsenal and was a big part of the Invincibles. Dangerous going forward and solid in defence, he just edges the number two shirt in this side.

LB: Ashley Cole

Although his acrimonious departure to Chelsea understandably soured Cole's relationship with Gunners supporters, it should not be forgotten just how exciting he was when he broke through into the side and during his early years with the club. For our money, the best left-back in the history of the Premier League.

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CB: Sol Campbell

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A rock at the heart of the Gunners defence during his first spell with the club. His controversial switch from Spurs was one of the biggest shocks in Premier League history but it paid off. At one point he could lay claim to be the best defender in the division, despite there being severe competition from elsewhere.

CB: Tony Adams

His most important spell may well have come prior to the millennium but Adams remained a key figure with the club and was a standard setter even in the twilight of his silverware-laden career. A must in any Gunners side of this type.

CM: Patrick Vieira

A colossus and a true Arsenal legend. His journey with the club and under Arsene Wenger was an honour to witness as he developed into a powerhouse in the heart midfield and a real leader in a number of Gunners sides.

CM: Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal. Credit: AY/AFP via Getty ImagesCesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal. Credit: AY/AFP via Getty Images
Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal. Credit: AY/AFP via Getty Images | AFP via Getty Images

Sometimes it's easy to forget just how special Fabregas was - but a quick look at his statistics tell you everything you need to know. A total of 57 goals in 303 appearances is a decent return but when his goal contributions are topped up by a stunning 95 assists, you can see just how big a talent the Spaniard was.

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CM: Martin Odegaard

Everything in our head is telling us this should be Gilberto Silva, someone who is arguably the most underrated player in Premier League history. But Odegaard's growing influence on Mikel Arteta's side and the impact he continues to make just edges him into the side.

FW: Dennis Bergkamp

Cool, classy and clinical, Bergkamp made good players great and great players unstoppable. Ask Ian Wright and Thierry Henry just how influential the Dutchman was on their careers. Left behind a stunning back catalogue of assists and goals that rank among the best in Premier League history.

FW: Thierry Henry

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Up there with Alan Shearer as the greatest striker in Premier League history. Quite simply, unstoppably on his day. His ability to ghost through even the strongest of defences put him above anyone in the history of the league.

FW: Bukayo Saka

Once again, there are others that deserve a place here and others that probably should be ahead of Saka. Certainly Robert Pires and Robin Van Persie are in the argument but we have gone with Saka as a nod to the current crop of Gunners that are offering so much. A return of 44 goals and 49 assists in 197 senior appearances is outstanding for a player that has become key in recent years. The best may well be yet to come.

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