UK & Ireland v Foreign Arsenal

Fantasy Football with a difference as two Gunners’ selections line-up against each other

UK & Ireland v Foreign Arsenal

Sagna – Best imported right back of last three decades. Photo: Offside

I've come up with the idea of a Fantasy Football match between Arsenal's best British/Irish players of the last 30 years, and the best foreign players.

The only rules are:
1) each squad is composed of 11 starting players + 7 subs
2) players must have played for Arsenal between 1989-90 and 2019-20.

Here are my suggested squads...

British/Irish: David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, David Rocastle, Mickey Thomas, Paul Davis, Paul Merson, Ian Wright, Alan Smith
Subs: Richard Wright, Martin Keown, Steve Bould, Nigel Winterburn, Ray Parlour, Aaron Ramsey, Kevin Campbell
Other possibles: David O'Leary, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott

Foreign: Jens Lehmann, Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure, Laurent Koscielny, Silvinho, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, Freddie Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry
Subs: Wojciech Szczesny, Lauren, Thomas Vermaelen, Manu Petit, Santi Cazorla, Marc Overmars, Nicolas Anelka
Other possibles: Bernd Leno, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Gilberto, Kanu, Anders Limpar, Alexis Sanchez, Robin van Persie

I’m not expert on FIFA although apparently such a game cannot be set up to play two teams against each other on auto. Whether or not it’s an option on Championship Manager, or any other alternative, I have no idea. I’m a bit old school in this respect and prefer the real thing. Not that there’s been any of that for a while.

Let us know if you’d pick different starters or subs and even better, if anyone can actually run a simulation of this, send us the details by emailing gooner.ed@gmail.com if you get a result!

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