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The Famous Back Four: Arsenal’s defence – Where are they now?

June 8, 2009

The close season is a time to take a look into the history books and reflect on what Arsenal have achieved. This doesn’t mean that we are going to take a look at the most recent season though. I think the ‘two players short of challenging again’ and the ‘injuries hurt us’ arguments have been done enough on the blogosphere.

What I want to do today is go back some years and take a look at arguably the best back five that ever graced Arsenal football club. Let’s remind ourselves of David Seaman, Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams and Martin Keown. What did they achieve? Where are they now?

David Seaman – After signing from QPR in 1990, Seaman went on to become a true Arsenal legend. He may have had his moments along the way (Nayim and Ronaldinho!), but there is no hiding from the fact that he won 8 major trophies with the club and made over 500 appearances along the way.

These days, he isn’t up to a great deal. There is the odd television appearance where he is interviewed about Arsenal and England matters, but other than that he appears to be keeping himself to himself and enjoying family life.

Nigel Winterburn – Arsenal have had many excellent left backs in their history, but Winterburn has to go down as one of the best. He served the club for 13 years with great success, winning 7 trophies along the way. His tackling ability, aggression and energy was superb during his time at the club and it is a shame he only won a couple of England caps.

As for what he is up to now, well he still works in a broadcasting capacity for the club. In fact, he is regularly on our TV screens giving his opinion on all things football. He did have a brief coaching spell with Blackburn last year, but when Sam Allardyce took over, he was asked to move on. Overall, it seems likely that he will pursue the pundit’s path rather than the coaching one.

Lee Dixon – This right back made an incredible 619 appearances for Arsenal over a 15-year period that made him one of the most respected defenders in the game. His consistency, loyalty and defensive ability ensured that he was a favourite with the Arsenal faithful. He was also
threatening on the break though and managed to net 28 times during his career at the club. Dixon won eight trophies with Arsenal, the last of
which was the league title in 2002 just before his retirement.

In terms of life after football, he has been very busy indeed. As well as playing golf regularly, he has pursued a number of business interests, including one with TV Chef Heston Blumenthal. Elsewhere, he is a regular as a pundit on Score, Match of the Day and Football Focus. His analysis of games can often be seen on the BBC Sport website as well. Overall, it is fair to say that he is doing OK for himself since retiring from football!

So, that’s it for this article. On Friday, I will be taking a look at Tony Adams and Martin Keown. I might even glance an eye over what Steve Bould is up to these days.

Until then, what do you make of what these players have done with themselves since leaving Arsenal? Which of them was your favourite player at the time?

By Thomas Rooney

Read more: Kaba Diawara: Wenger’s Bargain Buy that Never Made it // Tony Adams: Where is he now? // Martin Keown and Steve Bould – Where are they now?

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7 Comments
  1. Little Big Man permalink
    June 8, 2009 4:46 pm

    When looking at Adams, try the bottom of your garden. He’s away with the pixies if his recent comments about the Celtic job are anything to go by.

    Great player but having a ‘funny five minutes’ at the moment.

  2. Tarquin Hawk permalink
    June 8, 2009 4:55 pm

    Worth noting that Dixon got so many goals not because he was great at bombing forward, but because he was our penalty taker for a number of years.

  3. ballbag permalink
    June 8, 2009 5:10 pm

    you might find seaman just walked out on his second bitch. that doesn’t suggest he enjoys da family life…

  4. Oracle permalink
    June 8, 2009 5:45 pm

    It would appear we have a gangsta rapper in our midst.

  5. ryan permalink
    June 8, 2009 6:47 pm

    oracle, haha

  6. Arsenal1Again permalink
    June 8, 2009 9:16 pm

    You left out Steve Bould from the famous five. Disgraceful. ;)

    Adams is scouting for Arsenal, Keown is taking his coaching badges at Arsenal and Steve Bould is Head Coach at Arsenal’s U18 Academy. Dunno about Nutty Boy.

    Keown and Adams were my favourite because of their characters. Winterburn and Dixon had character too, but the centre-halfs had real steel.

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