The Noughties - the great and the good
It's been a hell of a decade for the Gunners, with highs and lows that make the game so entertaining. Saying farewell to Highbury, moving into a new stadium, the Invincibles season, reaching our first Champions League final and the emergence of a new era of players and goodbye to some old friends.
Here at Arsenal Addict, we're commemorating the end of the first decade of the new century by giving our own take on the best and worst we've experienced over the past ten years.
Today, we select our Goalkeeper of the Decade
I love David Seaman. I have to make that clear. Despite his high profile mistakes over the years against T*tt*nham at Wembley, Real Zaragoza in the CWC final and for England (who cares about that?), he has to go down as an Arsenal legend.
But for me, the best Arsenal goalkeeper of the decade has to be Jens Lehmann.
He may not have been very likeable and his temper got him and us into trouble occasionally, but a man who helps us go unbeaten throughout his debut season has to get the plaudits.
Seaman was unflappable and made one truly outstanding save against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, but his reflexes weren't generally what they had been.
I'll opt for David Seaman here over the mad kraut. It's a tough call but while big Jens saved the penalty that got us through to the Champions League final in Paris, he also got himself sent off in that final and that, above anything else, is the reason why we lost to Barcelona. Besides, when it comes to saves, Seaman's stop against Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi final was incredible. Indeed, Wikipedia tells me that Peter Schmeichel was a BBC pundit that day and described it as "the best save I've ever seen." That save also prompted Wenger to make Seaman captain for the final against Southampton and it's a little remembered fact that his last act as an Arsenal player was lifting the trophy.
* A word from both of us about Manuel Almunia. He's been number one for almost three seasons now and should have got the experience and confidence to prove his worth. Sadly, he has gone backwards if anything and needs to be removed before it's too late. An Arsene Wenger defence is never as rock solid as George Graham back line, so all the more reason to invest in a goalkeeper who will win games for us when the going gets tough rather than flap around and gift games to the opposition.
What do you think? Who was the best or worst goalkeeper to play for Arsenal this decade?
Let us know in the comments section below.