Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez

alexis-sanchezArguably the third most expensive signing in the history of Arsenal, the quick-footed Chilean proved to be a good investment. With an impressive portfolio of successes to boot, he was an obvious choice for the team. Sanchez did not disappoint either. The forward firmly secured his spot in his first appearance with a 5-1 win against Benfica and consistently delivered his best game in the matches to follow. Alexis’ boyish charm and genuine enthusiasm for his team and the game made him a joy to watch and a quick favourite. He closed off the season by winning Arsenal’s Player of the Year award in 2014-2015. A well-deserved title after his string of successful matches.

Sanchez continued to show further success in the following season, amongst other achievements, scoring goals against West Ham United, Watford and Crystal Palace, which secured a brace against West Bromwich Albion in three consecutive matches.

Off to a strong start in the 2016-2017 season, Sanchez showed further promise, scoring his first Champions League goal of the series in a game against Paris Saint-Germain, which ended in a draw (1–1) and securing a 3-0 assist victory against Chelsea. Sanchez is definitely one to watch.

David Seaman

david-seamanThe goalkeeper David Andrew Seaman was the force that saw Arsenal through one of the golden eras of Arsenal football. At the peak of his career when he joined in the 1990–91 season, he was instrumental in securing four FA Cups (1993, 1998, 2002, 2003), three league championships (1991, 1998, 2002), the League Cup in 1993 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1994.

He made unimaginable saves throughout his career. The save he made against Sheffield United in the 2002–03 FA Cup is a moment forever written down in Arsenal history. Another key moment was his 1995 earning of the title of being a specialist in saving penalites. While playing with two cracked ribs, David Seaman saved three penalties in Arsenal’s semi-final against U.C. Sampdoria. He’s nothing but a legend.

After a series of victories and an incredible career, Seaman would play his last season as goalkeeper after more than a decade with Arsenal, due to reduced mobility. He would end the era in style as captain, standing in for the injured Patrick Vieira in the 2003 FA Cup Final, where he helped the team to a 1–0 victory.