Premier League returns on Saturday with some mouth-watering matches lined up. The biggest tie will be held at Emirates Stadium between 5th placed Arsenal and Chelsea who are fourth at the moment. It gives Unai Emery side a chance to cut the gap between his side and the Blues to only 3 points. Manchester United will be hoping for a Gunners win or a draw. The Red Devils will be done with their clash against Brighton before the two London rivals play. League leaders Liverpool will welcome Crystal Palace at Anfield, Manchester City will play bottom side Huddersfield away from home, while Kane-less Tottenham will face local rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage. Today, as we wait to be entertained tomorrow, we want to highlight five most solid defensive pair in Premier League history.
5. Adams and Keown- Arsenal
Arsenal's defence of Dixon, Adams, Bould, Keown and Winterburn conceded just 17 in the 1998/99 season. pic.twitter.com/4BMbJ3qJor
— Football Remind (@FootballRemind) August 3, 2016
Arsenal fans who never watched the Gunners play before 2005 will not understand what am talking about until they watch these defenders play in YouTube. The legendary pairing of Martin Keown and Tony Adams was a march made in heaven. The two were clinical both in the air and with the ball on their feet. Some might also mention Steve Bould but the difference is visible. Arsene Wenger allowed them to control the game and they did it perfectly especially in 1997/98 season when they were firing from all cylinders. They lifted the League that year as well as 2001/02 season. They also won the FA Cup twice among other minor trophies.
4. Bruce and Pallister- Man United
— The 90s Football Podcast (@AK90s) April 11, 2014
Manchester United has lifted 13 Premier League titles since 1992. Therefore, it is obvious that the Club will dominate such a list. This was started by the unbreakable defensive partnership between Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister. Sir Alex Ferguson had struggled to stop the leak at the back until 1990 when he signed Pallister. He found Bruce and the rest is history. The two kept it tight at the back to help the team lift 3 League titles, 3 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, 3 Shields, UEFA Super Cup, and European Cup Winners Cup.
3. Campbell and Toure- Arsenal
Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Lauren and Kolo Toure with the Premiership Title in 2004. pic.twitter.com/TXRUWowLeA
— Throwback Arsenal (@ThrowbackAFC) December 11, 2017
Arsenal has had great defenders over the years. The list is long but it is difficult to ignore the 2003/04 ‘Invincibles’ pairing of Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure. The two were solid as a rock. It is very difficult to go for a full season unbeaten. However, Arsene Wenger identified great chemistry between the English and Ivorian. The two played 35 and 37 matches respectively that season. They won the Premier League that year plus 2 FA Cups.