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How Arsenal's best defence stacks up against the current backline

LEFT BACK

NIGEL WINTERBURN v KIERAN GIBBS

Nigel Winterburn possessed a quality almost entirely lacking in Arsenal's current back four: aggression. A tough, committed tackler, he took it personally if he was beaten, which was rare. He also delivers quality crosses with his superb left foot.

Kieran Gibbs has pace, but suffers from the same inhibitions as his teammates.

Winterburn was never caught out of position as much as Gibbs.

CENTRE BACK

TONY ADAMS v PER MERTESACKER

Nicknamed Mr Arsenal, Tony Adams defined everything that is currently missing from the Arsenal first 11.

He was tough, brave, committed, dependable, inspirational and devoted to the pursuit of victory. He gave everything and feared nothing.

Per Mertesacker is cut from similar cloth. But his communication will never rival Adams', who encouraged and cajoled those around him.

CENTRE BACK

MARTIN KEOWN v LAURENT KOSCIELNY

Martin Keown's finest attribute is too sorely missing in the current line-up. He was unflappable, one of the most solid centre backs of his generation.

Keown's game was unapologetically no-frills and no-nonsense.

Laurent Koscielny is a better footballer, the best among the back four. But, in those key games against legitimate challengers, the Gunners would want Keown around.

RIGHT BACK

LEE DIXON v CALUM CHAMBERS

For Lee Dixon, it was always about the consistency.

Across 15 years and a remarkable 619 appearances, he rarely put a foot wrong, and he scored goals too as a fullback.

It seems almost cruel to compare Arsenal's greatest right back against a raw 19-year-old, but that's exactly what Wenger did by picking Calum Chambers. The potential is huge, but his inexperience shows with too many cards.

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