Arsene Wenger signed well over 100 hundred players during his 22-years as manager of Arsenal.
The Frenchman celebrates his 70th birthday on October 22 and here, the PA news agency picks its best XI of players brought to Arsenal by Wenger.
He would go on to win the 2005 FA Cup but was sent off in the 2006 Champions League final as Arsenal lost to Barcelona – the closest Wenger has come to winning the European Cup.
He was one of the first names on the team-sheet for the 2001-02 double season and played a big part in Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ campaign.
He left the club in 2007 after making almost 250 appearances in his seven-year spell in north London.
The England international surprised the footballing fraternity with the move but his decision, and that of Wenger to poach a player from Arsenal’s fierce local rivals, would be vindicated as he was a pivotal part of the Invincibles’ unbeaten defence.
He scored the equaliser as Arsenal came from 2-0 down to beat Hull in the 2014 FA Cup final to end a run of 10 years without a trophy and was labelled as one of the world’s best defenders by Wenger as he developed at the Emirates Stadium. He departed for Bordeaux in the summer having refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour.
He came through the ranks and was given his first-team debut at the age of 18, going on to become one of the best left-backs in the world.
Two Premier League titles, including the unbeaten season of 2003-04, and three FA Cups would be his reward before an acrimonious move to rivals Chelsea would tarnish his Arsenal legacy.
He became one of the main focal points of Wenger’s team and remains one of his biggest success stories but could never manage to help the club win the Premier League for a fourth time before his return to the Nou Camp in 2011 – Fabregas would eventually get his hands on a Premier League winners’ medal after joining Chelsea in 2014.
But Vieira admitted it was Wenger’s impending arrival which saw him join a club he would go on to captain.
Another member of the 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’ campaign, his tough-tackling, full-blooded approach won many admirers and earned more than the odd red card.
Signed after plenty of scouting, Ljungberg made his mark, scoring 71 goals in his 313 Arsenal appearances, earning him the 11th spot in arsenal.com’s ‘Gunners’ Greatest 50 Players’ list as he collected two Premier League titles and a hat-trick of FA Cups. He now works as assistant to current Arsenal head coach Unai Emery.
He scored 25 goals in his debut season including one in the 4-0 FA Cup final win over Aston Villa as Arsenal claimed a record 12th victory in the competition but left for Manchester United under a cloud in January 2018 where his form dipped alarmingly ahead of a loan move to Inter Milan last summer.
After an underwhelming stint at Juventus, Henry joined compatriot Wenger and was converted into an out-and-out striker and would never look back.
Henry was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in four different seasons, winning seven honours with the Gunners.
And, despite an indifferent start, he would maintain that during a six-year spell at the club which saw him score 84 goals, some of them very memorable, as he played his part in one of the most successful periods in Arsenal’s history.