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Right Flank Greats: The Best Arsenal Right Backs of All-Time

Updated: Jun 27

Right Flank Greats: The Best Arsenal Right Backs of All-Time
Right Flank Greats: The Best Arsenal Right Backs of All-Time

Arsenal Football Club, steeped in history and tradition, has seen some of the best talents grace the Highbury and Emirates stadiums over the years. Among these esteemed figures are the full-backs, who have defended the flanks with tenacity and skill while making significant contributions to their team's attacking play as they etched their names into football history.

From old stalwarts to modern-day maestros, let's delve into the top ten Arsenal right-backs of all time, celebrating their contributions to the club's history.

Here Are The Best Right-Backs in Arsenal's History - Right Flank Greats

Bonus - Hector Bellerin - The Cockney Speedstar

A product of Arsenal's youth academy, Hector Bellerin's rise to prominence epitomises the club's commitment to nurturing young talent. Despite beginning his youth career at Barcelona, Bellerin's journey to stardom truly started when he joined Arsenal's academy in 2011. Bursting onto the scene with his lightning pace and attacking flair, Bellerin quickly established himself as an integral part of Arsenal's setup. His ability to overlap and contribute in the final third has made him a modern-day archetype of the attacking full-back, earning admiration from fans and pundits alike

10. Emmanuel Eboué - The Crossfire

Emmanuel Eboué endeared himself to Arsenal fans with his boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm. Signed from Beveren in 2004, the Ivorian quickly became a fan favourite with his marauding runs down the flank and robust defensive displays. Do you remember Thierry Henry's winning header against Manchester United on January 21, 2007, at the Emirates? Go check out that cross. Eboué's versatility also saw him slot into midfield when needed, adding another dimension to his game and earning plaudits from supporters.

9. Bacary Sagna - The French Force

Bacary Sagna's arrival at Arsenal in 2007 marked the dawn of a new era at the club. Endowed with pace, power, and defensive astuteness, Sagna swiftly asserted himself as one of the Premier League's premier right-backs, ultimately earning a move to Manchester City. His consistent performances and reliability garnered widespread acclaim, accompanied by multiple individual accolades, solidifying his status as one of Arsenal's standout performers during his tenure.

8. Bob McNab - The Crossing Maestro

A key figure in Arsenal's success during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bob McNab ranks among the club's finest full-backs. McNab's overlapping runs and pinpoint crosses provided an attacking outlet for the team, while his defensive discipline ensured solidity at the back. His contributions were instrumental in Arsenal's triumphs, including the historic Inter-Cities Fairs Cup victory in 1970.

7. Nigel Winterburn - The Iron Wall

Part of the famous defensive unit known as 'The Back Four,' Nigel Winterburn was a stalwart of Arsenal's rearguard for over a decade. Winterburn's no-nonsense approach and impeccable positioning made him a nightmare for opposing wingers, earning him a reputation as one of the finest defenders of his generation. His partnership with Lee Dixon on the right flank formed the backbone of Arsenal's defensive resilience during their trophy-laden years. Additionally, Winterburn's versatility allowed him to seamlessly slot into the right-back position when needed, showcasing his adaptability and commitment to the team's cause.

6. Pat Rice - The Arsenal Stalwart

A real servant of Arsenal Football Club, Pat Rice's association with the Gunners spans over half a century. Rising through the ranks as a youth player, Rice went on to become a mainstay in the first team, epitomising professionalism and dedication throughout his career. His leadership qualities and tactical nous were invaluable to the team, both on and off the pitch, making him a revered figure among fans and peers alike.

5. Laurie Scott - The Anchorman

Laurie Scott was a versatile footballer who played as a full-back for Bradford City, Arsenal, and Crystal Palace during his career, which spanned both sides of World War II. Joining Arsenal in February 1937, Laurie became known as one of the country's most assured right-backs. Despite battling injuries, he played a key role in Arsenal's success, including winning the First Division title in 1947–48 and the FA Cup in 1950. Scott made 127 official appearances for Arsenal and represented England 17 times.

4. Lauren - The Rock

Signed from Mallorca in 2000, Lauren quickly became a linchpin in Arsenal's defence. Combining defensive solidity with attacking intent, the Cameroonian full-back played a pivotal role in the Gunners' 'Invincibles' 2003-2004 season. Lauren's tireless work ethic and ability to perform in high-pressure situations endeared him to fans, securing his place in Arsenal folklore as one of the greatest right-backs in the club's history.

3. George Male - The Guardian

George Male joined Arsenal in November 1929, turning professional in May 1930. Initially a left-sided player, he shifted to right-back under manager Herbert Chapman in 1932, becoming a stalwart in Arsenal's defence for seven seasons. He won four First Division titles and one FA Cup with Arsenal, earning 19 caps for England and captaining Arsenal in the late 1930s. Despite World War II interruptions, Male played a pivotal role in Arsenal's 1947-48 title win. He retired in 1948 and later contributed as a coach and scout, aiding in the development of players like Charlie George.

2. Tom Parker - Mr Reliable

Tom Parker (Thomas Robert Parker), a pivotal figure in Arsenal's history. Tom symbolised excellence as a right-back during the Herbert Chapman era. His defensive prowess and unwavering commitment contributed significantly to Arsenal's successes, including two First Division Championships (1930–31, 1932–33) and an FA Cup triumph (1929–30). Parker's legacy also includes victories in the FA Charity Shield in 1930 and 1931, cementing his status as one of Arsenal's finest right-backs.

1. Lee Dixon - Mr. Dependable

Topping our list is Lee Dixon, a true embodiment of Arsenal's values and ethos. Joining the club from Stoke City in 1988, Dixon enjoyed a distinguished career spanning over a decade, during which he amassed a plethora of honours and accolades. His defensive prowess, coupled with his attacking instincts, made him a formidable presence on the right flank. Dixon's unwavering commitment and leadership qualities set the standard for future generations, solidifying his status as the best right-back in Arsenal's illustrious history.

From the tenacious tackling of Lee Dixon to Hector Bellerin's lightning pace, Arsenal have been blessed with a lineage of exceptional right-backs. Each player has contributed to the club's rich history of success. As we celebrate their achievements, let's acknowledge the enduring legacy of these defensive stalwarts, etching their names in Arsenal folklore as the best right-backs of all time.

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