Arsenal’s greatest ever foreign XI with six Invincibles but no Fabregas, Santi Cazorla and NONE of current crop – The Sun

IT was nearly impossible to pick the best XI foreign Arsenal players I have watched live.

There were a few tricky decisions when I did the same with British players recently but this challenge proved much tougher – especially with some of the stars I left out.

When you consider the number of fabulous imports we have been lucky to watch, Arsenal have been blessed.

Of the 11 usual starting players in the unbeaten 2003/04 campaign, only Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell were English.

So, is it just a case of those nine Invincibles plus two or have we had better?

In goal, it is mad Jens Lehmann, who was fantastic between the sticks in that glorious season and who filled David Seaman's enormous gloves with aplomb.

In front of Jens, it is David O’Leary who – despite being  born in North London – was a stalwart of Ireland.


O’Leary in the late 70s and early 80s was arguably in the top two or three centre-backs in the world.

And unlike his peers Liam Brady and Frank Stapleton, he stayed at Arsenal when he could easily have moved on.

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