'Wenger lucky to inherit famous back five' - Sansom

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The ex-Arsenal defender claims that the Gunners boss was fortunate to take on such a solid defensive unit when he first arrived at the club

Former Arsenal defender Kenny Sansom believes that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was fortunate to inherit the ‘famous back five’ when he first arrived at the club in 1996.

Sansom, who won 86 England caps between 1979 and 1988, including appearances at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups and the 1988 European Championship, played more than 300 times for Arsenal having joined from Crystal Palace, where he broke into the first team at the age of 16.

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Wenger famously won the Premier League and FA Cup double in his second season as Arsenal manager, the first of three league titles in his 20-year tenure at the north London giants, although 12 years without a league title has prompted many supporters to call for the Frenchman's head at the end of the current campaign.

Kenny Sansom

The ex-left back gave his view on the current situation at his old club, which sees Wenger yet to confirm whether he’ll be signing an extension to an expiring contract and the Gunners struggling to secure a Champions League qualification spot with just 10 league games remaining.

“Arsene Wenger had great success at the start and was lucky to have had that famous back five”, said Sansom.

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“With Lee Dixon at right back, Tony Adams and Nigel Winterburn, who took my place, it was a fantastic side - all very good talkers and all English. 

“It’s changed slightly the last few years and Arsenal haven’t won too many trophies after that great start he had.”

Kenny Sansom’s Legends Lives story will be unveiled at the Sanctum Soho Hotel cinema at a private VIP ‘red carpet premiere screening on Friday April 7th and Friday April 28th.