Premier League players are often accused of not being loyal to any club – but there are some exceptions to this rule.
Liverpool and Manchester United both have players who have served for years and stayed in the team through thick and thin.
We looked at the senior player in each Premier League club based on when he signed his first professional contract with the club.
Arsenal – Emiliano Martinez
Martinez was promoted to the first team in 2012 and made his Arsenal debut in a League Cup home game against Coventry City.
However, the goalkeeper has not yet established himself as a regular player and has only played 23 games for the club in the past eight years.
? These are the 5 longest serving Arsenal players.
? Emiliano Martinez is at the top. pic.twitter.com/fsDcz4NtKo
– The Arsenal Review (@thearsreview) February 15, 2020
Aston Villa – Jack Grealish
Grealish is a childhood mansion fan and signed his first professional contract in August 2012 after going through the youth system.
The 24-year-old played 176 games for the club and was named captain of the club in 2019.
"It is a great privilege for me as a Villa fan. I will never forget the moment I was named captain," Grealish told Soccer Bible in 2019.
"I remember when Dean Smith told me I was going to be a captain, I got a little emotional right away, it was a big deal for me. Suddenly I ran my youth club in the Premier League. "
AFC Bournemouth – Charlie Daniels
Daniels joined Bournemouth in November 2011 to sign a first loan agreement before finalizing the move two months later.
The defender has since been one of the first names on the team sheet and has helped the cherries move from the first division to the top division.
Brighton – Lewis Dunk
Dunk was captain of the youth team as a teenager and was rewarded with his first professional contract in April 2010.
He has 283 appearances in Brighton so far and was named club captain before the 2019-20 season.
Burnley – Kevin Long
Long came to Burnley from Cork City in January 2010, but had six different rental spells outside of Turf Moor.
The defender has only played four games for the club this season and increased his record to 66.
Chelsea – Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea signed Azpilicueta from Marseille for just £ 7m in 2012 and that proved to be excellent value for money.
The Spaniard has been an important pillar in his defense for over eight years and has won two Premier League titles, two European leagues and an FA Cup.
That day: 2013 – Cesar Azpilicueta scored his 1st @ ChelseaeaFC goal. #CFC #Chelsea @CesarAzpi pic.twitter.com/2Z5R2pl85b
– Chad (@ChelseaChadder), October 29, 2019
Crystal Palace – Joel Ward
Ward completed his move to Palace in 2012 and helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in its first season.
He now has 187 top appearances for the Eagles and Wilfired Zaha and James McArthur are the only players who have done more.
Everton – Leighton Baines
Baines left Everton's youth division to move to Wigan in 2002, but the left-back returned to Merseyside five years later.
The 35-year-old has collected more than 400 appearances for the toffees and is still a consistently excellent performer when asked to do so.
Leicester City – Kasper Schmeichel
Schmeichel left Leeds United to join Leicester in 2011 and won the club's "Player of the Year" and "Player of the Year" awards in his debut season.
The goalkeeper then remained on the road to a historic first Premier League title in the 2015/16 season, an incredible 15 clean sheets.
Despite the interest from elsewhere, he decided to stay with the foxes and has now made 368 appearances for the club.
"It's a club where I felt at home from day one," Schmeichel told Leicestershire Live in 2018.
“I had a hard time in Leeds and from the first day I entered this club everyone felt so welcome.
“Together we have achieved a lot. It was a hell of a ride, more than I ever expected. "
Liverpool – Jordan Henderson
Henderson has collected over 350 missions for Liverpool since joining the club in 2011.
After Steven Gerrard's departure in 2015, he was named club captain, and the midfielder won the Champions League Cup in 2019.
Jordan Henderson is celebrating his 29th birthday today ?
❌ Said he couldn't walk properly
❌ Said he wasn't good enough
❌ Said he was too safe
He is now a captain who won the Champions League ?? pic.twitter.com/im9kVrhKor
– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 17, 2019
Manchester City – David Silva
Silva joined City from Valencia in 2010 and became an important part of the club's revolution by helping them win four Premier League titles.
He has been an integral part of the starting XI throughout his career in the city. but should end his 10-year stay in Manchester at the end of this season.
Manchester United – Phil Jones
Jones was signed a few days before David de Gea in 2011, but the defender was not quite as successful as his teammate.
Despite a series of high-profile mistakes and a terrible injury record, the 28-year-old is still on Old Trafford's books.
Jones would receive a testimonial if he was still at United next year, but he doesn't think this would be a popular idea.
"I would not go that far, there would only be my mother and father who would show up," Jones said to Goal in 2019.
Newcastle United – Rob Elliot
Elliot has been unable to establish herself as the goalkeeper of choice in Newcastle since joining the club in 2011 and has only played 68 games in all degrees.
Norwich City – Alexander Tettey
Norwich bought Tettey from Rennes in 2012 and the midfielder was a regular in the Premier League and Championship.
The 33-year-old has played 226 games for the club and recently signed a one-year contract extension at Carrow Road.
"It's huge for me," said Tettey of the official Norwich website.
“It feels so good to be in Norwich and my family is happy. When my family is happy, I am happy. I've been here for many years since I've been here. So it's nothing new to me, but it's a very big and positive thing for me.
"I give advice whenever necessary, but you don't want to be with the young players all the time because you have to give them some space to grow and learn themselves." All older people give advice. "
Sheffield United – Chris Basham
Baham dropped back to League One when he left Blackpool for Sheffield United in 2014, but has played a pivotal role in United's recent success.
The blades won two promotions to reach the Premier League in 2019, and the central defender has helped them stay in the league 10 clean sheets this season.
That day last year, Chris Basham had a big goal on Elland Road. ? pic.twitter.com/lbXBvrZ1lr
– Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited), March 16, 2020
Southampton – James Ward-Prowse
Ward-Prowse came through the Southampton youth system and made his debut for the first team in 2011 at the age of 16.
The Saints rose to the Premier League in its first season and played 269 games for the club.
Tottenham – Harry Kane
After signing his first professional contract in 2010, Kane had a number of overwhelming loan spells in the lower divisions.
The striker returned to Spurs before exploding on the scene in 2014/15, and hasn't looked back since. Kane has maintained this excellent shape and now has 181 goals in 278 games.
Watford – Troy Deeney
Watford has been with Deeney for ten years and the striker only cost her £ 500,000 in 2010.
He was at the heart of everything they accomplished during that time, and the Hornets are currently in their fifth consecutive Premier League season.
West Ham – Mark Noble
Nobobody on this list was in a club longer than Noble in West Ham.
The midfielder made his first team debut in 2004 and is still one of the first names on the team sheet after fifteen and a half years.
"I'm 33 years old in May. I've been doing this for 15/16 years of my life. It's half my life," Noble told talkSPORT earlier this season.
"In a club of this level, you can't rely on me with the money we've spent. You can't rely on me to come halfway through an FA Cup game – it shouldn't be. "
That day in 2016: Mark Noble had his testimony in Upton Park. pic.twitter.com/z4pK8XcaXg
– West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) March 28, 2020
Wolves – Matt Doherty
Doherty signed for Wolves after a successful test in 2010. The right-back played in England's top three divisions, playing almost 300 games.
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