Arsenal’s last Premier League toppers after five game – and what happened next

Arsenal fans would have snapped off your hand had they known they'd top the Premier League table after five games.

And the Gunners can extend their margin at the top should they beat Manchester United on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford. It's been almost a decade since the Gunners last stood pretty at the top of the English footballing pyramid.

That day, when Arsenal moved to the top of the league, the Gunners beat Stoke 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in late September 2013. And Daily Star Sport is looking at where the starting side that day are now.

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Wojciech Szczesny was the man between the sticks that day – and the Polish shot-stopper is still in the game as the starting keeper for Juventus.

Arsene Wenger opted for a back four of Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, and Bacary Sagna. Gibbs left the Gunners in 2017, and he's now stateside with Inter Miami – while Sagna left the Emirates the following year for Manchester City, he's now retired after a stint in the US.

Mertesacker is still at Arsenal as an academy coach, and his centre-back partner Koscielny returned to France in 2019 with Bordeaux, and he retired last season.

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Wenger opted for a midfield five of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Flamini, and Serge Gnabry.

Flamini is now one of the richest footballers in the world, after walking away from the game, and the Frenchman boasts an eye-watering net worth. Wilshere is the other retired man on the list, walking away from the game at just 30-years-old after a spell in Denmark.

Ramsey is looking to re-find his form in France after falling out of favour at Juventus, so too is Ozil in Turkey after a shaky past couple of seasons. Gnabry is arguably the most successful, and he's a key first-team player at Bayern Munich.

Oliver Giroud led the line by himself – but he was unable to find the net with goals coming from Mertesacker, Sagna, and Ramsey.

The Frenchman soon left to join Chelsea, went on to win a World Cup, and then made the switch to AC Milan, where he is still a regular starter.

Interestingly, current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta also played a role that day, and he was an 80th-minute substitute for Ozil after the game had been wrapped up.


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