This certainly isn’t the finest era of Arsenal’s rich history.
Before the coronavirus crisis disrupted the Premier League season, Mikel Arteta’s side sat ninth in the table - 13 points off the relegation zone and 42 points behind league leaders Liverpool.
In the previous three campaigns, they’ve finished 5th, 6th and 5th and don’t look like returning to the Champions League anytime soon.
But let’s not forget about some of the incredible players Arsenal have had down the years.
After all, sixteen years ago, they went the entire Premier League season without losing a match.
But who is the greatest player the club has ever seen?
Well, Gooners have been voting on ranker.com and we can now bring you the results.
We’ve identified the top 50 - and there’s a pretty obvious winner.
Let’s take a look:
50 | Lucas Torreira
49 | John Radford
48 | Jack Wilshere
47 | Andrey Arshavin
46 | Michael Thomas
45 | Olivier Giroud
44 | Bernd Leno
43 | Nicolas Anelka
42 | Paul Merson
41 | Petr Cech
A lovely mix of past and present. The legendary John Radford played for Arsenal for 12 years, making almost 400 league appearances. But considering that was from 1964–1976, many fans perhaps don’t quite remember him.
Michael Thomas - who scored THAT famous goal to beat Liverpool to the league title in 1989 also features. Goalkeeper of today Bernd Leno and yesteryear, Petr Cech, also make the top 50.
40 | Hector Bellerin
39 | Theo Walcott
38 | Nigel Winterburn
37 | Ashley Cole
36 | Pat Rice
35 | Cliff Bastin
34 | Alexis Sanchez
33 | David Rocastle
32 Jens Lehmann
31 | Pat Jennings
Despite Ashley Cole being something of a hate figure at Arsenal these days, he breaks into the top 40, ahead of former left-back Nigel Winterburn. Former defender - and coach - Pat Rice also features just below Arsenal’s third-highest goalscorer of all-time, Cliff Bastin.
Considering his record of 80 goals in 166 matches, Alexis Sanchez has to settle for 34th with his controversial move to Manchester United and then nightmare spell at Old Trafford perhaps clouding the judgement for many.
The late, great ‘Rocky’ comes in at 33rd.
30 | Laurent Koscielny
29 | Charlie George
28 | David O’Leary
27 | Nwankwo Kanu
26 | Alan Smith
25 | Alexandre Lacazette
24 | Kolo Toure
23 | Tomas Rosicky
22 | Gilberto Silva
21 | Robin van Persie
Club legends Charlie George, David O’Leary and Alan Smith make the top 30.
Arsenal fans may not be too impressed after seeing Robin van Persie in 21st place. Although the Dutchman is fully deserving of his place having scored 132 goals in 278 games.
20 | Ray Parlour
19 | Liam Brady
18 | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
17 | Martin Keown
16 | Mesut Ozil
15 | Lee Dixon
14 | Emmanuel Petit
13 | Aaron Ramsey
12 | Cesc Fabregas
11 | Santi Cazorla
Now we’re getting serious.
The only pre-Premier League player that features in the top 20 is Liam Brady, who played for the Gunners between 1973–1980.
Elsewhere, current club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 18th, with current teammate Mesut Ozil two places ahead in 16th.
Midfield quartet, Emmanuel Petit (14th), Aaron Ramsey (13th), Cesc Fabregas (12th) and Santi Cazorla (11th) just miss out on the top 10.
10 | Marc Overmars
9 | Sol Campbell
8 | Freddie Ljungberg
7 | David Seaman
6 | Robert Pires
5 | Tony Adams
4 | Ian Wright
3 | Patrick Viera
2 | Dennis Bergkamp
1 | Thierry Henry
So, Thierry Henry is Arsenal’s greatest ever player.
There’s not really any argument, is there? In eight seasons, Henry scored 228 in 376 matches, helping the club to two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
He beats former teammates Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Viera to the award.
In fourth is Arsenal’s second-highest goalscorer (behind Henry), Ian Wright.
Tony Adams (5th), David Seaman (7th) and Marc Overmars (10th) and joined by Invincibles Robert Pires (6th), Freddie Ljungberg (8th) and Sol Campbell (9th).
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