Kevin Whitcher has been fortunate enough to have seen some of the greatest players to ever grace both Highbury and The Emirates, so had plenty of quality to choose from when picking his all-time Arsenal six-a-side team.
Most of his side come from the brilliant team of the mid-1990s to early 2000s under Arsene Wenger, though surprisingly the Frenchman, who led Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, is not the man he has chosen to lead this group of glorious Gunners.
Top stopper David Seaman will wear the gloves in this formidable side, a ‘keeper that Kevin describes as, “quite simply the best that Arsenal have ever had,” so it’s no contest that he should be given the number 1 jersey.
Throughout his career Tony Adams displayed defensive resilience and spirit, while also coming up with the odd key goal when it was needed too, making him, “an automatic name for the team sheet,” in the eyes of Kevin.
As he proved at Monaco, Manu Petit can play as either a defender or the creative yet solid midfielder we saw at Arsenal so can’t be overlooked when it comes to the ultimate Gunners six-a-side outfit.
With an excellent ability to hold onto the ball under pressure, enhancing both attacking and defensive strength of the team you simply can’t overlook Patrick Vieira, not to mention the fact that he would no doubt cover every inch of the pitch.
Dutch master, Dennis Bergkamp had wonderful technique in confined spaces and was deceptively strong, making him another natural selection who would no doubt link-up brilliantly with his Frech strike-partner.
With his unquestioned eye for a goal, pace and trickery the French striker, who joined from Juventus in 1999 for £11 million, banged in no fewer than 369 goals in 226 games for the Gunners, so you can only imagine the danger he would pose on a six-a-side pitch.
As for the man at the helm, Kevin has maybe surprisingly opted for George Graham, who led the Gunners to two titles in his time at Highbury and was famous for his no-nonsense approach to management.
“His achievements are often overshadowed by what Arsene Wenger achieved at Arsenal,” says Kevin. “But for getting results in one-off matches, he was often the master and that’s why I’d choose him to lead this line-up of legends.”
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