Essien, Sagna, Fabregas, Kuyt, Xavi, Diego, Glen Johnson, Sergio Ramos, Ashley Cole, Elia, Michael Bradley, Adam Johnson, Pique, Vidic, Vieira, Lorik Cana (look up his youtube videos)
John Terry, primarily.
Just for Fun (Midfielder)
I'm a big fan of defensive midfielders who clean up the midfield, win balls, keep possession, and don't stop running.
I love the surge of excitement in the stadium when a team finds an outside back with space to attack.
I think tackling and one-on-one defensive play are underrated.
Attacking soccer is about putting an opponent on their heels. Tricky dribbling, off-the-ball movement, or one-touch passing and give-and-goes are all successful strategies. Arsenal use all three better than almost any team, and that is why I support them.
That said, I'll reluctantly admit that if I were spending Roman Abramovich's money, I would have bought most of the same players. Chelsea have a physical verve that is very tough to overcome.