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Name Nigel Winterburn
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc When Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal, Nigel Winterburn could have been forgiven for thinking his Arsenal career was over. Winterburn was part of the club’s old guard, and the expectation was that Wenger would want to bring in a new defence. Instead, Winterburn became one of Wenger’s most trusted lieutenants, playing late into his 30s thanks to the Frenchman’s progressive fitness programme


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC


Coach Arsene Wenger
  George Graham
Teammate Lee Dixon
  Gilles Grimandi
  Tony Adams
  Martin Keown

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He could dribble with the ball, but he didn’t need to dribble with the ball. If you are putting yourself into areas of the pitch where you are still effective, then why do you need to dribble the ball?

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] Was I scared of David Beckham’s pace? No. His crossing ability? Yes. You knew you had to get close to him, because he didn’t need to take you on. You’d see, a lot of the times, in attacking areas, that Gary Neville would be in front. So you’d think, ‘well, where is Beckham?’, because he’d drop behind. He knew then he could control the football, he could use his array of passing and could drift into the center of midfield where you couldn’t mark him. But then when he did drift wide, he’d drift wide and drop slightly back, so you were not in contact with him. When the ball came to him, he was whipping those balls in before you made contact with him

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] He was a fantastic player for Arsenal. If he was playing at that level you’ve got a player who is very, very competitive but is also very skillful and has ability on the ball. That’s what a lot of people didn’t realise about Patrick. He could break up opposition attacks but he was also powerful and skilful enough to then set his own team on a counter-attack

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn has suggested that Unai Emery should strip Granit Xhaka of the Gunners captaincy immediately] I was very surprised, he’s the captain of Arsenal Football Club! I was amazed when he cupped his ears, his shirt was off and then he was swearing at the supporters – it’s not something you expect from your captain

I think Unai Emery needs to take him out of the firing line in terms of the captaincy. He’s got five captains and he can easily do that. I don’t agree with five captains and I don’t like this ‘vote for your captain scenario’. The manager should pick the captain. I find having five captains very, very bizarre. This has all put Unai Emery in a very difficult situation and he’s got to deal with it quickly, he can’t let it linger on

If Unai Emery backs Granit Xhaka he’s going to realise what supporting Arsenal is all about. If the fans don’t agree with him the manager himself his going to come under increasing pressure. What it does is it then puts a lot of pressure on the next game, over whether the manager starts Xhaka. If he doesn’t start well or he makes him captain, you’re waiting then for that reaction from supporters, and you need you supporters with you. Now you’re going to find there’s going to be that divide we had towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, and we simply can’t have that at the club again.

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon were the first XI fullbacks under George Graham. When Arsene Wenger replaced Sir Graham in 1996, taking over the helm, Winterburn and Dixon experienced a radical change in their playing styles] Under George Graham, I would never get criticised for not joining up with attacks enough - but that all changed. When Wenger came, we were given more license to get forward and told to quickly get high and wide. Suddenly Lee and I were tasked with both going forward at the same time. Previously if he went forward, I stayed back