When legends and current stars combine.
Dream Team Weekender gives you the chance to build your ultimate 7-a-side team of Premier League players.
It’s the easiest fantasy football game around, simply asking you to pick seven players with no budget limitations to worry about.
So it got us thinking… what would the top six clubs’ 7-a-side line ups look like if they had access to all their players from the last decade?
And would any modern stars make the cut?
Before you dig in, you need to know the rules.
Only those who featured for their clubs between the 2008/09 and 2018/19 seasons are eligible for selection.
This explains the absence of Thierry Henry from the Arsenal team, having left the Gunners in the summer of 2007.
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Our small-sided teams are made up of, one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders and two strikers.
Got it? Good.
With a startling lack of competent goalkeepers having graced the Emirates in the last decade, the No1 spot was the hardest to fill.
Wojciech Szczesny got the nod ahead of Manuel Almunia, Vito Mannone, Lukasz Fabianski, to name just a few. Illustrious company.
We’ve all seen how Cech isn’t a man built for a ball-playing style.
The defence looks about as formidable as they come, with the combined pace and power of Kolo Toure and Laurent Koscielny.
A Spanish midfield duo of Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla will pull the strings and leave onlookers drooling.
Robin van Persie links up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the pair presumably banging in goals for fun. Lethal.
Cech does find his way into the Blues side after gaining cult hero status during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The defence is held together by two of English football’s best ever defenders, Ashley Cole and Mr Chelsea himself, John Terry.
A midfield of Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard screams of goals and technique, you don’t get much better than these two.
Powerhouses Didier Drogba and Diego Costa lead the line for Chelsea in what would be one of the most sh*thouse attacking duos of all time.
With it being far too soon for new signing Alisson to make the cut, Pepe Reina is given the nod between the posts.
Defensive lynch-pin Virgil van Dijk is joined by no-nonsense Dane Daniel Agger in the back two. You wouldn’t mess with either of them in a dark alley.
A midfield duo of Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard oozes class, with any opposition unlikely to get a touch when up against these two.
Mohamed Salah makes the cut over Fernando Torres, a tough decision, but you can’t ignore the Egyptian’s goalscoring antics from last season.
Salah partners the enigmatic Luis Suarez upfront in what would simply be the most outrageous strike force.
Ederson makes the cut over Joe Hart, by no means an easy decision when you look back at the latter’s achievements with City.
The Brazilian’s ability to play out from the back would effectively give you an extra outfield player in 7-a-side.
Very little would get past a defensive pairing of Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta, not the quickest on paper, but two of the best readers of the game.
The stellar names continue with David Silva and Yaya Toure operating in the centre, providing the perfect blend of technique and finesse, with athleticism and leadership.
An Argentine connection spearheads the attacks, with Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez set to score goals for fun.
Edin Dzeko was perhaps unlucky to miss out, however Tevez’s poacher instincts make him a must-have.
David De Gea is given the nod over Edin van der Sar in a decision that was as tough as they come.
The Spaniard has been the saviour of a lacklustre United team in recent seasons, often protected by questionable defenders, whereas Van der Sar was shielded by some of the very best.
Arguably the best ever centre-back partnership the Premier League has ever seen, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand won’t give attackers in inch.
Paul Scholes links up with Ryan Giggs to feed a lethal partnership of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
United’s record goalscorer alongside arguably the best player in the world? Yes please.
Hugo Lloris is by far the standout candidate for the goalkeeper spot and is handed the gloves as a result.
Club legend Ledley King stands alongside Jan Vertonghen to form a defence that would win at all costs.
A mouthwatering midfield duo of Luka Modric and Christian Eriksen is the stuff of dreams. Imagine trying to get the ball off those two.
Gareth Bale links up with Harry Kane, giving Spurs fans a glimpse at what could have been had the Welshman resisted the temptations of Real Madrid.
If you think you could pick a winning 7-a-side team, here’s your chance.
Dream Team Weekender: What you NEED to know:
Different to our Dream Team season game, Weekender lives in a footballing universe of its own.
It’s really simple and, best of all, it’s completely FREE to enter. Happy days.
The concept involves you picking SEVEN players from the Premier League’s Saturday and Sunday matches, with this changing on a weekly basis.
That’s one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders and two strikers.
If your team get the most points from the weekend, then £10k could be yours as well as those precious bragging rights with your mates.
It’s really that simple.
If you happen to be unsuccessful, then you’ve only got to wait till the following weekend to have another go at snapping up that prize money.
Sound like a bit of you? Sign up to play Dream Team Weekender here and join the club.
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