1990–91 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1990–91 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager George Graham
Stadium Highbury
First Division 1st
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Alan Smith (22)
All:
Alan Smith (27)
Highest home attendance 41,868 vs. Aston Villa
(3 April 1991)
Lowest home attendance 22,890 vs. Chester City
(11 February 1991)
Average home league attendance 36,865[1]

The 1990–91 season was the 93rd season of competitive football played by Arsenal.

Pre-season and friendles[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
22 July 1990 Varbergs BoIS A W 2–0 Merson, Rocastle ?
24 July 1990 Västra Frölunda A W 4–0 Linighan, Smith, Merson (2) ?
26 July 1990 IFK Värnamo A D 2–2 Merson, Limpar ?
3 August 1990 Wolverhampton Wanderers A W 1–0 Smith ?
10 August 1990 Aston Villa N W 2–0 Limpar, Campbell ?
11 August 1990 Sampdoria N L 2–0 ?
17 August 1990 Brighton & Hove Albion A D 2–2 Rocastle, Smith ?
13 October 1990 Tottenham Hotspur H L 2–5 Smith, Will 14,806
27 April 1991 Liverpool H L 1–3 Campbell 18,224
13 May 1991 Barnet H W 4–2 Adams, Campbell, Merson, Groves 7,724
17 May 1991 Liverpool H D 1–1 Winterburn 60,000

Source: [1]

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
25 August 1990 Wimbledon A W 3–0 Merson 57', Smith 59', Groves 90' 13,733 [2]
29 August 1990 Luton Town H W 2–0 Merson 37', Thomas 69' 32,723 [3]
1 September 1990 Tottenham Hotspur H D 0–0 40,009 [4]
8 September 1990 Everton A D 1–1 Groves 58' 29,919 [5]
15 September 1990 Chelsea H W 4–1 Limpar 52', Dixon 58' (pen.), Merson 62', Rocastle 73' 40,475 [6]
22 September 1990 Nottingham Forest A W 2–0 Limpar 28', Rocastle 83' 26,013 [7]
29 September 1990 Leeds United A D 2–2 Limpar 39', 50' (2) 30,085 [8]
6 October 1990 Norwich City H W 2–0 Davis 26', 31' (2) 36,737 [9]
20 October 1990 Manchester United A W 1–0 Limpar 42' 47,232 [10]
27 October 1990 Sunderland H W 1–0 Dixon 75' (pen.) 38,485 [11]
3 November 1990 Coventry City A W 2–0 Limpar 83', 88' (2) 15,336 [12]
10 November 1990 Crystal Palace A D 0–0 28,282 [13]
17 November 1990 Southampton H W 4–0 Merson 21', Limpar 33', Smith 37', 59' (2) 36,229 [14]
24 November 1990 Queens Park Rangers A W 3–1 Merson 78', Smith 84', Campbell 86' 18,555 [15]
2 December 1990 Liverpool H W 3–0 Merson 21', Dixon 47' (pen.), Smith 88' 40,419 [16]
8 December 1990 Luton Town A D 1–1 Smith 44' 12,506 [17]
15 December 1990 Wimbledon H D 2–2 Merson 31', Adams 35' 30,164 [18]
23 December 1990 Aston Villa A D 0–0 22,687 [19]
26 December 1990 Derby County H W 3–0 Smith 4', 77' (2), Merson 26' 25,558 [20]
29 December 1990 Sheffield United H W 4–1 Smith (2), Dixon (pen.), Thomas 37,810
1 January 1991 Manchester City A W 1–0 Smith 30,579
12 January 1991 Tottenham Hotspur A D 0–0 34,753
19 January 1991 Everton H W 1–0 Merson 35,349
2 February 1991 Chelsea A L 1–2 Smith 29,094
23 February 1991 Crystal Palace H W 4–0 O'Leary, Merson, Smith, Campbell 42,162
3 March 1991 Liverpool A W 1–0 Merson 37,221
17 March 1991 Leeds United H W 2–0 Campbell (2) 26,218
20 March 1991 Nottingham Forest H D 1–1 Campbell 34,152
23 March 1991 Norwich City A D 0–0 20,131
30 March 1991 Derby County A W 2–0 Smith (2) 18,397
3 April 1991 Aston Villa H W 5–0 Campbell (2), Smith (2), Davis 41,868
6 April 1991 Sheffield United A W 5–0 Campbell, Smith 26,920
9 April 1991 Southampton A D 1–1 Smith 21,200
17 April 1991 Manchester City H D 2–2 Campbell, Merson 38,412
23 April 1991 Queens Park Rangers H W 2–0 Dixon (pen.), Merson 42,393
4 May 1991 Sunderland A D 0–0 22,606
6 May 1991 Manchester United H W 3–1 Smith (3) 40,229
11 May 1991 Coventry City H W 6–1 Limpar (3), Smith, Groves, o.g. 41,039

Classification[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 38 24 13 1 74 18 +56 83 European Cup 1991–92 First round
2 Liverpool 38 23 7 8 77 40 +37 76 UEFA Cup 1991–92 First Round
3 Crystal Palace 38 20 9 9 50 41 +9 69
4 Leeds United 38 19 7 12 65 47 +18 64

Source: [21]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
*Arsenal deducted 2 points, Manchester United deducted 1 point

Round by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Result W W D D W W D W W W W D W W W D D D W W W D W L W W W D D W W W D D W D W W
Position 1 1 3 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Source: [22]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Squad statistics[edit]

Arsenal used a total of 19 players during the 1990–91 season and there were nine different goalscorers. There were also two squad members who did not make a first-team appearance in the campaign. Seaman, Winterburn, Dixon and Bould started in all 38 league matches. The team scored a total of 86 goals in all competitions. The top goalscorer was Smith, with 28 goals – 22 of which were scored in the league.

Key

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute. Players with name struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England David Seaman 38 0 8 0 4 0 50 0
DF England Nigel Winterburn 38 0 8 0 4 0 50 0
DF England Lee Dixon 38 5 8 1 4 0 50 6
DF England Tony Adams 30 1 3 1 4 2 37 4
DF England Steve Bould 38 0 8 0 4 0 50 0
DF England Andy Linighan 7 (3) 0 3 (1) 0 0 0 10 (4) 0
DF Republic of Ireland David O'Leary 11 (10) 1 5 (1) 0 (1) 0 16 (12) 1
DF England Colin Pates (1) 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
MF England David Rocastle 13 (3) 2 (1) 0 2 0 15 (4) 2
MF England David Hillier 9 (7) 0 3 (1) 0 2 0 14 (8) 0
MF Sweden Anders Limpar 32 (2) 11 5 2 2 0 39 (2) 13
MF England Paul Davis 36 (1) 3 6 (1) 0 4 0 46 (2) 3
MF England Michael Thomas 27 (4) 2 8 1 4 0 37 (4) 3
MF England Perry Groves 13 (19) 3 3 (1) 0 4 0 20 (20) 0
MF Iceland Sigurður Jónsson 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Paul Merson 36 (1) 13 8 1 4 2 48 (1) 16
FW England Alan Smith 35 (2) 22 8 2 4 3 47 (2) 27
FW England Kevin Campbell 15 (7) 9 4 (2) 1 (4) 0 19 (13) 10
FW England Andy Cole (1) 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0

Source: [1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "For the record". The Times (London). 30 August 1990. p. 37. 
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  11. ^ "Weekend results, goalscorers and tables". The Times (London). 29 October 1990. p. 36. 
  12. ^ "Weekend results, goalscorers and tables". The Times (London). 5 November 1990. p. 34. 
  13. ^ "Weekend results and tables". The Times (London). 12 November 1990. p. 34. 
  14. ^ "Weekend results, goalscorers and tables". The Times (London). 19 November 1990. p. 34. 
  15. ^ "Weekend results, goalscorers and tables". The Times (London). 26 November 1990. p. 34. 
  16. ^ "Weekend results, goalscorers and tables". The Times (London). 3 December 1990. p. 33. 
  17. ^ "Weekend results, goalscorers and tables". The Times (London). 10 December 1990. p. 36. 
  18. ^ "Football results and tables". The Observer (London). 16 December 1990. p. 20. 
  19. ^ "Weekend results, tables and scorers". The Times (London). 24 December 1990. p. 26. 
  20. ^ "Yesterday's results, tables and goalscorers". The Times (London). 27 December 1990. p. 26. 
  21. ^ "English Division One (old) 1990–91". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Arsenal – 1990–91". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 

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