Niall Quinn learned his trade at Arsenal before enjoying a successful career in the top flight. The Dublin-born striker could have forged a successful career for himself in either Gaelic football, hurling or Australian Rules Football before electing for football. Quinn joined Arsenal shortly after his 17th birthday and made a goalscoring debut in December 1985 against Liverpool.
The tall striker played 12 times that season before holding down a regular place in the 1986/87 campaign under new manager George Graham.
Quinn scored eight goals in 35 appearances as Arsenal finished fourth in Division One but struggled to hold down a regular place in the following two campaigns. He did start in Arsenal's 1987 League Cup final success against Liverpool, however, and earned 13 caps for the Republic of Ireland during his seven years at Highbury. Quinn left to join Manchester City for £700,000 in March 1990 with a goalscoring record of 20 goals in 81 starts.
The powerful striker enjoyed a successful six-year spell at Maine Road - but the best was yet to come. Quinn joined Sunderland in August 1996 for a club-record £1.3 million before going on to forge a successful strike partnership with Kevin Phillips and help cement the Black Cats' place in the Premier League.
Thierry Henry, in full Thierry Daniel Henry, (born August 17, 1977, Châtillon, France), French football (soccer) player and manager who scored more international goals than any other player in France’s history and who is considered one of the most prolific goal scorers of his time.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger shifted Henry to striker, giving him more responsibility at the cutting edge of the attack, and the Frenchman soon revealed his true ability. With a deceivingly casual approach, Henry glided past opposing players, initiated and finished moves, and scored goals either with a light touch from short range or fiercely from long distances. In eight seasons with Arsenal he scored a club-record 174 goals, and the team won two league titles (2002, 2004) and two Football Association Cup trophies (2002, 2003). In mid-2004 Henry clinched the 2003–04 Golden Shoe as Europe’s leading association football goal scorer (with 30) and helped Arsenal to another Premier League championship. Henry was honoured as European Footballer of the Year for 2002 and 2003 and finished runner-up as Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004. In 2006 Arsenal advanced to the Champions League final. Although they lost to FC Barcelona, it was the best Champions League finish in the history of the club.
Considered one of the best players of his generation, Vieira began his career at Cannes in 1994, where several standout performances in his debut season garnered him a move to Serie A club Milan a year later. His single season in Italy was marred due to limited playing time, and he featured mainly for the reserve team. This allowed him to relocate to England, in order to join countryman Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, for a fee of £3.5 million in 1996.
Dennis Bergkamp is a Dutch professional football coach and former player. Originally a wide midfielder, Bergkamp was moved to main striker and then to second striker, where he remained throughout his playing career. Nicknamed the "Non-Flying Dutchman" by Arsenal supporters due to his fear of flying, Bergkamp is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation.