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THE LIST: The 50 finest footballers to have played for Tottenham or Arsenal

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03 Nov 2009 00:03:22

THE LIST: The 50 finest footballers to have played for Tottenham or Arsenal

HAVE YOUR SAY...     Who is the best player to have turned out for Arsenal or Spurs? To hail Saturday's one-sided north London derby, our team of football experts have compiled the top 50 footballers to have played for the Gunners or Spurs. Do you agree with our selection? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK To celebrate Saturday's one-sided north London derby - in which the Gunners romped to a 3-0 win over their storied rivals - Sportsmail's team of football experts have compiled the top 50 footballers to have played for Arsenal or Spurs. Competitionfor the top slot has been fierce - and controversial - but there's nodoubting the quality of the talent in this list. Our rankings aresure to provoke much debate - not only confined to north London - so besure to let us know who you think is missing or where we have gonewrong using the debate forum within this page. Read Nos 50-41 Nos 40-3140 Martin Chivers (Tottenham 1968-1976)Big Chiv was a stalwart for Spurs throughout the early 1970s, scoring important goals to help bring two League Cups and the UEFA Cup to White Hart Lane. In 367 matches he scored 174 goals to put him right up there with Spurs' best forwards. Forward thinking: Chivers Silverware: England 39 Mike England (Tottenham 1966-1975)The imposing centre-half had a real turn of pace and was always a menaceat set-pieces. England won a trio of trophies (League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup) at the Lane and wasalso on the score sheet in the UEFA Cup final of 1974 as Spurs went down to Feyenoord. 38 Gary Mabbutt (Tottenham 1982-1998)Best remembered for his time at centre-back but the White Hart Lanelegend started his career with Spurs as an all-action midfielder. Neverscared of putting his head in the way of danger - Mabbutt (right) won threetrophies with Tottenham while battling against diabetes. Brave: Mabbutt Hot Scot: Archibald 37 Steve Archibald (Tottenham 1980-1984)Several Scottish forwards have graced the Spurs team over theyears but the Glaswegian's 77 strikes in 184 games in a period that sawSpurs lift two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup make the classy striker stand out from the rest. 36 Freddie Ljungberg (Arsenal 1998-2007)Always seemed to arrive in the box right on time to to put thefinishing touch on yet another flowing Arsenal move. Ljungberg won two leaguetitles and three FA Cups with the Gunners but girls will remember himbest for his underwear work with Calvin Klein. Top drawer: Ljungberg Influential: Graham 35 George Graham (Arsenal 1966-1972)Cost £50,000 from Chelsea and went on to score 60 goals in 229appearances for the Gunners. The highlight of his six years at the clubwas, undoubtedly, his influence on the double-winning side of 1971 whenthey won the league at the home of their north London rivals. 34 Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham 2006-2008)His acrimonious departure to Manchester United does not hide the fact thatBerbatov brought real class and entertainment to Spurs fans during histwo years in the capital. The Bulgarian was coolness personified as he slid a penaltypast Petr Cech in the 2008 Carling Cup final. Cultured: Berbatov Loyal: Neighbour 33 Jimmy Neighbour (Tottenham 1966-1976)Joined Spurs as a trainee in 1966 and became a regular in BillNicholson's side. Remembered for his silky play on the wing,Neighbour sadly passed away earlier this year. 32 Marc Overmars (Arsenal 1997-2000)The Dutchman, nicknamed Roadrunner, arrived at Highbury just as Arsene Wenger's revolution was getting started but his speed and ability on the wing wouldn't look out of place in the current side. 31 Alan Gilzean (Tottenham 1964-1974)Perthshire-born'Gilly' developed fantastic scoring partnerships with Jimmy Greaves andMartin Chivers and helped Spurs to move on from the winning sides offthe 60s to more success in the 70s. Dutch of class: Overmars Lethal: Gilzean The best of the rest of The ListSportsmail's top 50 football kits of all time Sportsmail's top 50 sporting feuds of all timeSportsmail's 50 great sports photographsSportsmail's worst 50 strikers in the Premier LeagueSportsmail's top 50 stars who failed to play fairSportsmail's top 50 midfield maestrosSportsmail's top 50 commentators of all timeSportsmail's top 50 sporting venuesSportsmail's top 50 free-kick kingsSportsmail's top 50 England heroesSportsmail's top 50 performers of the season so farSportsmail's top 50 all-time managers in BritainSportsmail's top 50 goal poachersSportsmail's top 50 footballing traitorsSportsmail's top 50 FA Cup heroesSportsmail's top 50 signings of the season Sportsmail's greatest Wembley finals in historySportsmail's top 50 biggest hitters in cricketSportsmail's top 50 British & Irish LionsSportsmail's top 50 Ashes heroesSportsmail's top 50 partnerships


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