Welcome to the second part of the 1 to 11 of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly fantasy teams from Arsenal’s Premier League era.
Yesterday for Goalkeeper the results were as follows:
The Good- David Seaman
The Bad- Manuel Almunia
The Ugly- Jens Lehmann (great keeper though)
Today we move to the right back position.
Right Back- Lauren
I am expecting a few disagreements with this selection as I know that it was very difficult to leave out the brilliant Lee Dixon. But for me it has to be Lauren, who eventually proved to be the successor to Dixon.
The unbeaten season of 2003-04 springs to mind as his catalyst season, and was where we really started to see what he was capable of. His level of consistency week in week out for me makes him our best right back in the Premier League era, although Dixon is certainly a close second.
Just on this note, the right back position of late has been an area we have been very strong in. With Mathieu Debuchy, Bacary Sagna, Calum Chambers and of course the brilliant Hector Bellerin all having been available, with the latter I believe having the potential to overtake Lauren with time for the accolade of best right back.
Right Back- Nelson Vivas
What a piece of work this fella was. He did have a comedy factor about him but I just used to remember Arsene Wenger throwing him on in a defensive position if we were winning late on, and usually it would be followed up with his first tackle resulting in a yellow card. He was purchased to be the successor for Lee Dixon, but it was clear early on that this guy did not have the discipline for the Premier League. The guy was as mad as a box of frogs, and was sacked last year from his managerial role at Argentinian side Quilmes for punching a fan.
The right-back position can actually be difficult to fill, which just shows the strength of the right backs we have had in the past. Oleg Luzhny nearly had a sniff at the award – he was known as the ‘Crazy Horse’. Luzhny was another player bought to displace Dixon, but even well into his mid 30s he managed to hold onto his position. He used to always fill me with fear when I saw him on the teamsheet, but in the end that was probably my own insecurities rather than him as a player. When you are used to caviar it’s hard to fancy eating fish roe!
The other player that we just can’t forget is Emanuel Eboue. This guy was on his day quite good, and at other times so, so, so bad. He came on as a substitute once to a boo-filled stadium and 15 minutes later after having a shocker he was re-substituted to huge cheers and applause. Amazingly he came back from this, managing to win over many of the fans – and he now has a bit of a cult hero status at the club.
Right Back- Bacary Sagna
Sagna was for 7 years one of our most consistent players, when he played. He did have a relatively shocking season in the penultimate campaign before he decided to go to Manchester City to win things and for a new challenge in life. I wonder how that is working out for him? I would just like to add that it was definitely nothing to do with the £150,000 a week that City pay him (via Daily Mail). Not at all.
He now has wood splinters on his arse from warming the bench at City and his most recent piece of silverware was the FA Cup with Arsenal. A trophy he would have lifted again if he had stayed. In the end I believe he was not only replaced, but his position at right back in the team was improved. I have no sympathy for him ,as if reports (via Daily Mail) are correct Arsenal did offer him the three years that he wanted (but that was clear it was just an excuse) and he went for money only. He makes the Ugly team, as lets be fair he has to be one of the ugliest players ever to play the game. He has the face of the devil and his blond braided hair is not a good look.
Vivas could easily have pipped Sagna to this position, but the fact I had Lehmann in the Ugly goal it could have been too feisty!
So that concludes the right back positions. If I have overlooked anyone please do add your comments.
Please join me next time for the left back position.