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Former Arsenal striker picks Wenger’s all-time XI

Former Arsenal star Alan Smith has named what he believes to be Arsene Wenger’s best ever XI from his 22-year tenure at the club.

Wenger will leave the club at the end of the season, and managed his last ever home game at the weekend as his side ran out 5-0 winners over European rivals Burnley.

It was a fitting send-off for the club’s most successful ever manager, who has won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups with the Gunners.

And during that trophy-full era, the Frenchman has had the pleasure of managing some of the best ever players to grace English football – many of whom make up Smith’s line-up.

The former Gunner, who scored 115 goals for the Gunners between 1987 and 1995, chose David Seaman as his number one, behind a back-four of Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Lauren Koscielny and Ashley Cole.

Smith named mouth-watering midfield of Freddie Ljungberg, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas and Robert Pires, with Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp completing the line-up.

Smith had particular praise for two of those stars he named in the line-up – both Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, whom he described as two of the game’s finest ever players.

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Speaking on Vieira, Smith said: “Obviously, [Vieira’s] inclusion speaks for itself. A monster of a midfielder who came to the club when nobody really knew him. He had that winning mentality and determination, would not be beaten and was unplayable at times.”

And his praise of Henry was as high as could be possibly given.

“I think Henry is the best player I have ever seen in the Premier League,” he continued, “maybe even this country. He was that good over a six-year period when he was nearly getting 30 goals every year.

“And again you would apply the word ‘untouchable’ to him because just his physical strength, he was so quick and strong that he could not be shrugged off the ball. He developed into a marvellous finisher and again he had that arrogance about him in that he knew he was the best, he intimidated opponents and his goals tally says it all.”

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