Arsenal FC's top 30 players of all time - Number 30 is Ted Drake

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The pre-war forward is most famous for seven goals in one game v Aston Villa.

It is hard to look beyond modern history for some of Arsenal's greatest players these days. With the success of the early Arsene Wenger era and perhaps every member of the Invincibles deserving their place in a list of Arsenal's greatest - the olden days can be forgotten.

But one man who deserves his place in the top 30 Arsenal players of all time is Ted Drake.

The bullish forward joined Arsenal in 1934 from Southampton and went on to win the top-flight title in his first year at the club.

In his second season he scored 42 goals in 41 league games as Arsenal again won the league.

But his long term legacy remains his incredible performance against Aston Villa, at Villa Park, in December 1935.

Drake scored an outrageous seven goals in one game - a top-flight record that still stands to this day.

He also scored the winning goal in the 1936 FA Cup final.

He scored 139 goals in 184 games for Arsenal but his career was curtailed. First he served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War before suffering a spinal injury in a game against Reading and retired in 1945.

Drake, who also played county cricket for Hampshire, went on to have success as a manager - winning the First Division title with Chelsea in 1955 before becoming a reeserve team manager and later director and president of Fulham.

He passed away in May 1995 but his legacy as a seven-goal hero lives on.

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