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By ESPN Staff

Arsenal - Squad Profiles

David Seaman
(goalkeeper)
Born: 19.09.63
Nationality: English

David Seaman

The England No.1 for the last decade has come under fire for his poor performance in the last year, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stood firm behind his pony-tailed stopper.

At his best, Seaman had few peers in European football, but the 39-year-old has always had a weakness dealing with long range shots. Still a confident figure, he has the experience to get Arsenal through the sticky moments that may lie ahead in the Champions League.


Group A: Barcelona | Bayer Leverkusen | Inter Milan | Newcastle
Group B: Ajax Amsterdam | Arsenal | AS Roma | Valencia
Group C: AC Milan | Borussia Dortmund | L Moscow | Real Madrid
Group D: Basle | Deportivo | Juventus | Manchester Utd

Stuart Taylor (goalkeeper)
Born: 28.11.80
Nationality: English

Highly promising goalkeeper who is regarded as a star of the future, having already played at England Under-16, Under-18 and Under-21 level.

The 2001/02 season saw him really come to the fore at Highbury. Injuries to both Seaman and Richard Wright pushed Taylor into the team, and he was in fine form. When Wright returned to fitness he could not initially get back into the side.

Taylor earned a championship medal for his efforts last season but has only featured in the Worthington Cup so far this season despite the departure of Richard Wright.

Sol Campbell (defender)
Born: 18.09.74
Nationality: English

Named in the FIFA team of the tournament at the World Cup finals last summer, Campbell is a powerful figure at the heart of the Arsenal defence.

Walked into a major storm as he left Tottenham for their arch-rivals in the summer of 2001, but fought off the boo-boys and won a Premiership and FA Cup double in his first season at Highbury.

The softly-spoken Campbell is no nancy when it comes to getting stuck in with a tackle.

Ashley Cole (defender)
Born: 20.12.80
Nationality: English

A young full-back who has quickly established himself as first choice in the England team, he is an automatic pick for Arsene Wenger as he looks to rebuilds the Arsenal defence.

Quick and a real threat breaking forward, he is not the finished article when it comes to his defensive duties, but that should come in the next few years.

A gutsy performer who has gained an unwanted reputation for feigning injury.

Martin Keown (defender)
Born: 24.07.66
Nationality: English

The veteran warhorse in this Arsenal defence is a centre-back who takes no prisoners.

One of the old guard who worked under the management of George Graham in the 1990s, he is coming towards the end of his career, but still has enough left in the tank to help Arsenal in their Champions League quest this season.

A powerhouse in the tackle, he loved nothing better than a duel with a big name striker.

Pascal Cygan (defender)
Born: 29.04.74
Nationality: French

Pascal Cygan

One of the few new arrivals at Highbury this summer, this centre-back has settled well into the first team during a period when injuries have hit Arsene Wenger's plans.

Impressed in his Champions League outings during the first phase and his calm performances at the back suggest he will be an important man for Arsene Wenger in the months to come.

Cygan's shiny head makes him a distinctive character under the lights in this competition.

Signed in the aftermath of Tony Adams' retirement.

Lauren (defender)
Born: 19.01.77
Nationality: Cameroon

A flying full-back who has proved his worth in the Premiership in the last year, he has seen off the challenge of all-comers to make himself at home in the first team.

Played in the World Cup finals during the summer and he started this season in solid form.

Signed from Real Mallorca in 2000, he has proved to be a shrewd capture by Highbury boss Arsene Wenger and is always a potent threat in the attacking third.

Oleg Luzhny (defender)
Born: 05.08.68
Nationality: Ukranian

Something of a folk hero among supporters at Highbury, Luzhny loves nothing better than pulling his lumbering frame into the attacking third and setting up chances for the dynamic Arsenal forwards.

This is his fourth season in English football and while he has never been first choice for Arsene Wenger, he has made an impact in the first team.

After making his name with Dynamo Kiev, he has been a national team regular with Ukraine for many years.

Gilberto Silva (midfielder)
Born: 07.10.76
Nationality: Brazilian

Played in every minute of Brazil's successful World Cup campaign last summer and an inspired buy by Highbury boss Arsene Wenger in the aftermath of that triumph.

A hard-working battler in the midfield, he provides great support to Patrick Vieira and has settled well into the pace of English football.

Marked his full Arsenal debut with a goal in the Community Shield win over Liverpool and he would love to add a Champions League winners medal to his collection.

Patrick Vieira (midfielder)
Born: 23.06.76
Nationality: French

The captain and inspiration behind Arsenal's recent success, Vieira is a midfielder with few peers in European football.

The powerhouse behind their Premiership and FA Cup triumph last season, he failed to inspire France to World Cup success during the summer, but that did not damage his reputation.

Constantly linked with a £30m move to Real Madrid, he was signed from AC Milan in 1996 and must be ranked as one of the best players ever signed by the Highbury giants.

Freddie Ljungberg (midfielder)
Born: 16.04.77
Nationality: Swedish

One of the most important players in the Arsenal side, Ljungberg's goals from the midfield went a long way to pushing them over the finish line in the Premiership and FA Cup last season.

A hero among the Highbury faithful, he is tough to pick up as he makes midfield runs and has a scoring record that most forward would envy.

Missed the start of the season through injury, but quickly returned to scoring form on his return. Ljungberg has struggled to recapture his club form on the international stage.

Robert Pires (midfielder)
Born: 29.01.73
Nationality: French

Robert Pires

Suffered the heartbreak of missing the 2002 World Cup finals after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury as Arsenal pushed towards league and cup glory last spring.

Player of the Year in England last season, he took time to settle at Highbury after his move from Marseille, but he is now regarded as one of the best wingers in the game.

With pace and a keen eye for goal, he has been nursed back into the side after his knee problem. A World Cup winner with France on home soil in 1998.

Edu (midfielder)
Born: 16.05.78
Nationality: Brazilian

A player who struggled to make his mark in his first season at Highbury, but manager Arsene Wenger showed faith in his abilities and he has come good.

This goalscoring midfielder played a full part in the Premiership success last season, he has formed a dynamic partnership with Patrick Vieira in the last year.

Now facing a battle for his first team spot with compatriot Gilberto, but he enjoys the competition and has spoken of his desire to win a call-up to the Brazil squad.

Kolo Toure (midfielder)
Born: 19.03.81
Nationality: Ivory Coast

Sent-off in Arsenal's final Champions League first phase game after picking up two yellow cards against PSV Eindhoven, but that was only a blip in what has been a fine first season at Highbury.

Not many Ivory Coast stars have made a mark in England over the years, but he has scored goals at Premiership level and his strike at Chelsea earlier this season inspired a 70 yard celebration run.

A midfielder with plenty of energy, he is strong in the tackle.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst (midfielder)
Born: 05.02.75
Nationality: Dutch

Suffered a serious injury that ruled him out for the second half of last season, but he is back to full fitness now and should play a part in the second phase of the Champions League.

Signed from Scottish side Rangers in the summer of 2001, he has also turned out for Feyenoord in a career that has included plenty of appearances for the Dutch national side.

A hard-working midfielder with an eye for goal, he may not be a first pick, but is an important squad man.

Ray Parlour (midfielder)
Born: 07.03.73
Nationality: English

A goal scorer in last season's FA Cup Final win over Chelsea, Parlour is an English midfielder from the old school.

He makes up for any lack of natural ability with application and scores the occasional spectacular goal. His ginger frizzy hair has often seen him ridiculed, but this Arsenal veteran who has been at the club for over a decade is not concerned by such criticism.

A full England international with ten caps, he has rarely been given the credit his performances have deserved.

Dennis Bergkamp (forward)
Born: 10.05.69
Nationality: Dutch

This Dutch legend has been lighting up the Premiership since 1995 and even at the age of 33, he has few peers in the game.

Scored a record-breaking total of 36 goals in his Holland career, but he provides so much more to the team with his brilliant link-up play and intelligent movement.

His fear of flying causes Arsenal problems in the Champions League as they are weakened without him. Previously with Ajax and Inter Milan, he has found a home in London after failing in Italian football.

Thierry Henry (forward)
Born: 17.08.77
Nationality: French

Thierry Henry

Regarded by some of the most dangerous strikers in world football, Henry's pace is an asset few defenders can cope with.

He has added a killer touch to his obvious attributes and that has seen him go from a failed winger in his time at Juventus, to a forward feared by all his opponents.

How to stop him is a dilemma few have found an answer to and he scores the sort of goals others only dream about. If Arsenal are to win the Champions League this season they will need Henry to shine.

Sylvain Wiltord (forward)
Born: 10.05.74
Nationality: French

Wiltord took time to settle at Highbury after his £11m move from Bordeaux in mid-2000, but once he found his feet there was no stopping him.

Wiltord was in fine form as Arsenal closed in on Premiership and FA Cup glory last season and he started this campaign in dynamic touch with a host of goals in the first few weeks of this term.

He assured himself of a place in Arsenal history by scoring the goal that won them the Premiership title at Old Trafford last season. Can play on the wing or as an out and out attacker.

Nwankwo Kanu (forward)
Born: 01.08.76
Nationality: Nigerian

A legend in his homeland, Kanu has struggled to hold down a regular starting place at Highbury, with Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord the first choice strikers.

Kanu brings something different to the side, with his mesmeric ball control and unpredictability and has often been used by manager Arsene Wenger as a shock selection in the Champions League.

If Bergkamp's travelling concerns come into play, this former Ajax and Inter forward may be vital. Has recovered from a serious heart condition to extend his career at the top.