The Emirates XI (2006-2016)


I picked them both😜


       Sagna - Mertesacker - Koscielny - Monreal

                   Arteta - Fabregas

         Hleb            Ozil            Sanchez


Tough one between Hleb/Rosicky/Walcott, ruled out Walcott on the basis he’s just not as talented as the other two, then between Hleb it’s depending on whether you want the best team on the day (Hleb) or go with the player who contributed more during the Emirates era (Rosicky).

Arteta over Santi because c’mon, a Fábregas-Cazorla midfield is just not realistic.



Sagna Koscielny Mertesacker Monreal

Cazorla Özil Fabregas

Alexis van Persie Walcott

Only one I struggled with was between Gibbs and Monreal

Great thread @SRCJJ!


Is it possible to get a cheeky poll in to develop the definitive OA Emirates XI?!


The ‘best Emirates XI’


Sagna Koscielny Toure Monreal

Arteta Cesc

Arshavin Ozil Sanchez


The definitive Emirates XI:


Eboue Gallas Senderos Clichy

Diaby Denilson Song

Bendtner Adebayor Walcott

EDIT: FFS @gunnerpr


Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Monreal
Arteta Fabregas
Nasri Ozil Alexis
Van Persie


Bellerin Mertesacker Koscielny Monreal
Fabregas Diaby
Nasri Ozil Alexis

Coquelin has been included because Fabregas and Ozil are just beyond lightweight, anything remotely resembling Arteta or Cazorla there would be far too static and easily bypassed.

Bearded Henry is on the subs bench. Because, obvious reasons.


Very surprised people are picking Mad Jens! He only was the #1 for the first season.

Alumina, Szczesny and Cech are the Emirates keepers imo


Lehmann didnt leave until 2008 and he came back to play in 2011, to play against Blackpool in the prem…plus hes mad…All teams need a mad keeper.



  • Cazorla is better but defensively and hpysically Caz/Cesc/Ozil wouldn’t work. Arteta has also always been too slow. Diaby is technically very good and a real athlete who can drive the ball up the field.
    ** Maybe too little pace to play wing well at this stage but RVP+Henry is too sexy to not give it a go.


For those picking balanced squads, the idea is just to pick the 11 best players per position irrespective of lack of balance.

                       Sagna Koscielny Mertesacker Monreal
                                 Fabregas Cazorla
                                 Alexis Oezil Nasri
                                     van Persie


OMFG DIABY. Bye Coquelin. goes to edit earlier post

Edit: @srcjj might as well close the thread pal. I won. :smile:


Sagna Koscielny Mertesacker Monreal
Fabregas Cazorla
Hleb Ozil Alexis
van Persie

Pretty straightforward really I reckon if you decide not to include players like Henry who for me aren’t really a part of the new stadium era.

The only big question for me was between Hleb and Nasri. @SRCJJ I know you said to just pick the best XI players but I’ve often thought that Hleb is exactly the kind of player we could do with now so I just couldn’t resist the idea of seeing him on the same team sheet as Mesut and Alexis. Whether he was a better player than Nasri is a pretty tough call for me


Diaby would be the first name on the teamsheet if he were ever fit for long enough during this period. Alas… :confused:

@SRCJJ Even with that qualification I still think Fábregas-Cazorla is unpickable, neither Fábregas or Cazorla ever played as a 6 here or in a pivot without a different type of player alongside, thus I don’t really consider it fair to consider them for that position, the other position in the pivot is between them for me, and it’s gotta be Fábregas for just how influential he was during his time here. Tbh I could see an Arteta-Cazorla-Fábregas midfield 3, surprised no one’s picked that, can make a good case for that, but couldn’t leave my man Mesut out.


Arteta and Fabregas would get ruined on defense imo. Arteta deeper never really did anything brilliant imo. Certainly not enough to warrant being picked over anyone but maybe Flamini.

Granted @SRCJJ said its not about balance but still.


Yeah, well, but then you’ve always been quite wrong about Arteta, pal. Call it the other side of the coin of your current opinion on Coquelin.


Sagna - Koscielny - Toure - Clichy
Ozil - Fabregas - Song - Hleb
Alexis - van Persie[/quote]

I had too pick the 4-4-2.


Lauren - Kos - Campbell - Bellerin
------------Santi - Cesc-------------------
-----Ljungberg - Ozil - Sanchez-----


Lauren hasn’t played for Arsenal in the Emirates if I’m not mistaken :wink:.