Arsenal’s struggle on the pitch over the last couple of seasons has been well documented. They’ve failed to replace the invincibles that once graced the hallowed turf of Highbury and have been putting in some questionable displays in the league with only the FA Cup triumphs to celebrate over the last couple of years. One thing Arsenal haven’t struggled with is a man good enough between the sticks. The gunners have had a long list of brilliant keepers with many seemingly coming back from the brink of retirement with other clubs, defying the Paddy Power football odds, to come back and forge a successful career with the team. We decided to list the best three keepers in recent memory below:
Petr Cech has been the embodiment of cool under pressure since Arsenal signed him from Chelsea in 2015. Prior to his arrival at Arsenal they were seriously struggling with goalkeepers with no other player making the spot their own. As soon as he signed the former number 1 goalie, Wojciech Szczęsny, was loaned to Roma. Cech has worn his now famous headgear ever since a challenge with Reading’s Stephen Hunt in 2006 where he suffered a depressed skull fracture. He’s made a total of 87 appearance so far for the Gunners.
It’s more than fair to include the man that has arguably the best reflex save in the history of the planet, described by Peter Schmeichel as being “the best save I’ve ever seen. Seaman joined Arsenal from QPR in 1990 for £1.3m which was a British record for a goalkeeper at the time. During his 13 years with the club he was the undoubted first choice and won the golden glove aware for the best goalkeeper in the Premier League on several occasions. His final act as an Arsenal player was to captain the team to victory in the 2003 FA Cup final over Southampton.
Lehman joined Arsenal at a difficult point in his career, having been part of a Dortmund side that were on the slide, both parties though it would be best if he left and he joined Arsenal in 2003. Jens fortunes immediately as he found himself in a team that was one of the best that the Premier League had ever seen, being part of the historical run where the Gunners didn’t lose a game all season and won the league.
Lehmann had his ups and downs during his time at Arsenal and even managed to re-sign for them in 2011 on a rolling contract to act as a back-up during Arsenals goalkeeper injury crisis that year. In a game against Blackpool he became the oldest player to play for Arsenal in the Premier League at 41 years of age.