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Arsenal's Team Of The Decade Includes Shkodran Mustafi And Samir Nasri

Arsenal's Team Of The Decade Includes Shkodran Mustafi And Samir Nasri

Arsenal have had a difficult decade, going from title challengers to hanging on to their place in the top six, and their Team of the Decade based on stats has some interesting inclusions.

The previous decade included Arsenal's most recent Premier League title success in 2004 but in the past 10 years there's only been three FA Cups for fans to celebrate and they even ended their long run of finishing in the top four.

That fall from grace is shown in the fact their team of the decade, based on WhoScored.com's stats, includes much derided centre back Shkodran Mustafi, who most fans would probably love to see the back of.

As well as the defender there's also room for Samir Nasri, who left in 2011 and Alex Song and Robin van Persie who left in 2012.

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Arsenal's team of the decade. Image: WhoScored.com
Arsenal's team of the decade. Image: WhoScored.com

Petr Cech played just three full seasons at the Emirates and he certainly wasn't as good for the Gunners as he was for Chelsea. He may have been replaced by Bernd Leno if the German had been at the club longer.

It might be a bit harsh on Hector Bellerin to miss out but Bacary Sagna was good at right back and it's no surprise to see Laurent Koscielny in defence, despite Arsenal fans probably hating him now.

Santi Cazorla's appearance might come as a bit of a surprise considering his injury problems towards the end of his time at the Emirates but he's still easily one of their best midfielders.

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Alex Song had that brilliant combination with striker Robin van Persie and was better than the player that wasn't so good at Barcelona.

Ahead of them in the number 10 role is Mesut Ozil and it's a good job the team isn't based only on the last two years as he's completely fallen away.

Nasri and Van Persie both left the club to win Premier League titles in their first season away from the club with Manchester City and United respectively.

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Van Persie won the title with United but not Arsenal. Image: PA Images
Van Persie won the title with United but not Arsenal. Image: PA Images

Finally Alexis Sanchez was excellent for Arsenal scoring 60 goals in 127 Premier League games for the Gunners but his move to Manchester United was a total bust.

Who would have made your Arsenal team of the decade?

Topics: Samir Nasri, Football News, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Robin van Persie, Premier League, Arsenal, Shkodran Mustafi, Mikel Arteta

Ryan Sidle

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