Piers Morgan found no room for Arsenal great Sol Campbell as he named his all-time Gunners side, instead preferring a centre-back pairing of Tony Adams and Martin Keown.
A formidable centre-half, the former England international went on to win the Premier League and the FA Cup twice apiece during his first five years under Arsene Wenger – before later returning during a brief spell in 2010.
He also formed a vital part of the ‘Invincibles’ team of 2003/04 and opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona.
Though Campbell also earned two PFA Team of the Year appearances in Arsenal colours, Morgan admits he “can’t bring himself” to include him in his all-time XI.
Explaining the reasoning behind his centre-back picks, the Good Morning Britain presenter told talkSPORT : “This is quite interesting, obviously you have Tony Adams, the guv’nor, my captain, indisputable.
“Alongside him, the next best centre-back for Arsenal fans who could hold their noses long enough would be Sol Campbell – and the glory of removing him from White Hart Lane, he should be in the team… but I can’t bring myself to do it!
“A mention in dispatches for Frank McKlintock, captain of the double-winning team, but I’ve gone for one who I absolutely loved as a player; he didn’t just give a 100 per cent, he gave one thousand per cent. If there was ever a fight needed starting, he would be in the thick of it – it’s Martin Keown.
“Steve Bould, sorry mate, you had a great shout too, but Keown for me was the absolute heartbeat of any team he played for.
“He was the warrior. He’d go over the top of the trenches. He gets the nod over Sol Campbell. Possibly not as good a player, but a greater Arsenal figure.”
Elsewhere, Morgan handed David Seaman the No1 jersey and the full-back slots to Lee Dixon and Ashley Cole.
In midfield, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit were flanked by Robert Pires and Liam Brady, while the notorious strike duo of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry rekindle their partnership.
Morgan also ensured that Ian Wright was given a spot on the bench and selected Arsene Wenger as his manager, taking care to stipulate that this was only on account of the Frenchman’s first eight years at Highbury.
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