1995–96 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1995–96 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager England Bruce Rioch
Stadium Highbury
FA Premier League 5th
FA Cup Third round proper
Coca–Cola Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Ian Wright (15)
All:
Ian Wright (22)
Highest home attendance 38,323 (1 May, vs. Liverpool, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 27,194 (3 October, vs. Hartlepool United, League Cup)
Home colours

During the 1995–96 English football season, Arsenal F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Arsenal began their life under Bruce Rioch's management with a seven-place improvement upon last season's disappointing finish, but were never in the hunt for the title. New signings David Platt and Dennis Bergkamp came to justify their hefty price tags, while the ageing Ian Wright showed no sign of winding down thanks to a regular supply of goals. The legendary "back five" of David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould and Tony Adams also showed little sign of their advancing years.

Arsenal blew their best chance of silverware in February after they went out of the Coca-Cola Cup to eventual winners Aston Villa in the semi-finals. A fifth place in the final table was enough to secure a UEFA Cup place.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  ENG Seaman 31 EU 1990 38 0 £1,300,000[1]
2 DF  ENG Dixon 31 EU 1988 38 2 Undisclosed
3 DF  ENG Winterburn 31 EU 1987 36 2 Undisclosed
5 DF  ENG Bould 32 EU 1988 19 0 £390,000
6 DF  ENG Adams 28 EU 1983 21 1 Youth system
7 MF  ENG Platt 29 EU 1995 29 6 £4,750,000[2]
8 FW  ENG Wright 31 EU 1991 31 15 £2,500,000[3]
9 MF  ENG Merson 27 EU 1985 38 5 Youth system
10 FW  NED Bergkamp 26 EU 1995 33 11 £7,500,000[4]
11 MF  NED Helder 26 EU 1995 24 1 £2,300,000[5]
12 DF  ENG Linighan 33 EU 1990 18 0 £1,250,000[6]
13 GK  ENG Bartram 33 EU 1994 1 0 £250,000[7]
14 DF  ENG Keown 29 EU 1984 34 0 Youth system
15 MF  ENG Parlour 22 EU 1992 22 0 Youth system
16 FW  WAL Hartson 20 EU 1995 19 4 £2,500,000[8]
17 MF  ENG Hillier 25 EU 1988 5 0 Trainee
18 MF  NIR Morrow 25 EU 1988 4 0 Trainee
19 MF  DEN Jensen 30 EU 1992 15 0 £1,100,000[9]
20 FW  ENG Kiwomya 25 EU 1995 15 0 £1,250,000[10]
21 MF  IRL McGoldrick 30 EU 1993 1 0 £1,000,000[11]
22 MF  ENG Selley 21 EU 1992 0 0 Youth system
23 FW  SCO Dickov 22 EU 1990 7 1 Youth system
24 MF  ENG Flatts 22 EU 1990 0 0 Youth system
25 DF  SCO Marshall 22 EU 1991 11 1 Youth system
26 GK  ENG Harper 23 EU 1994 0 0 £150.000[7]
27 MF  ENG Shaw 21 EU 1991 0 0 Youth system
28 MF  ENG Hughes 18 EU 1995 1 0 Trainee
29 MF  ENG Clarke 20 EU 1993 6 0 Youth system
30 DF  ENG McGowan 19 EU 1993 1 0 Trainee
31 DF  ENG Rose 19 EU 1994 4 0 Youth system
  • Last updated: 20 January 2012
  • Source: Arseweb (for EU passport, country as international player, contract ending and transfer fee)
  • Ordered by squad number.

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 21 January 2012.[12]
Players listed are those that made an appearance for Arsenal's reserve team during the season.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Vince Bartram
England GK Lee Harper
England GK Noel Imber
England DF Tony Adams
England DF Chris Coffey
England DF Jason Crowe
England DF Timmy Griggs
Iceland DF Valur Gíslason
England DF Andy Linighan
Wales DF Dafydd Owen
England DF Scott Marshall
England DF Gavin McGowan
England DF Steve Morrow
Republic of Ireland DF Roy O'Brien
England DF Ross Taylor
England DF Matthew Rose
England MF Michael Black
England MF Adrian Clarke
No. Position Player
England MF Kevin Dennis
Denmark MF John Jensen
England MF Mark Flatts
Netherlands MF Glenn Helder
England MF David Hillier
England MF Jamie Howell
Republic of Ireland MF Eddie McGoldrick
England MF Ray Parlour
England MF David Platt
England MF Paul Shaw
England MF Stephen Hughes
Scotland FW Paul Dickov
Wales FW John Hartson
England FW Chris Kiwomya
England FW Isaiah Rankin
England FW Paul Read
England FW Jeff Woolsey
England FW Ian Wright

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
7 MF England David Platt Italy Sampdoria £4,750,000 11 July 1995 First-team
[2]
10 FW Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Italy Internazionale £7,500,000 21 June 1995 First-team
[4]

Total spending: Decrease £12,250,000

Out[edit]

# Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Team Source
15 MF Sweden Stefan Schwarz Italy Fiorentina £2,300,000 12 July 1995 First-team
[13]
7 FW England Kevin Campbell England Nottingham Forest Undisclosed 1995 First-team

Total income: Increase £2,300,000

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Scotland Bruce Rioch
Assistant manager Scotland Stewart Houston
First team coach
Goalkeeping coach England Bob Wilson
Fitness coach
Physiotherapist England Gary Lewin
Club doctor
Chief scout England Steve Crowley

Last updated: 21 January 2012
Source:[citation needed]

Competitions[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Manchester United 38 25 7 6 73 35 +38 82 1996–97 UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Newcastle United 38 24 6 8 66 37 +29 78 1996–97 UEFA Cup first round
3 Liverpool 38 20 11 7 70 34 +36 71 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round1
4 Aston Villa 38 18 9 11 52 35 +17 63 1996–97 UEFA Cup first round
5 Arsenal 38 17 12 9 49 32 +17 63

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1 Liverpool qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup runners-up, with winners Manchester United going into the Champions League

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 17 12 9 49 32 +17 63 10 7 2 30 16 +14 7 5 7 19 16 +3

Last updated: 20 January 2012.
Source: Premier League

Results 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
Ground H A A H A H H A A H A H A H H A A H A H H A A H H A A A H A H H H A H A H H
Result D W D D W W W L W W L W L W D D D D L W L L W L D W W D W W L W W L D D D W
Position 8 5 7 5 6 5 4 6 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 7 5 5 6 5 6 8 7 6 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Last updated: 20 January 2012.
Source: Competitive matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Matches[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Topscorers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rich, Tim (13 May 2003). "Seaman's standing unfairly undermined by rare mistakes". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b White, Clive (11 July 1995). "Platt in pounds 4.75m move to Arsenal". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "TROUBLED TIMES OF IAN WRIGHT.". Daily Record (The Free Library). 26 January 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Shaw, Phil (21 June 1995). "Rioch signs Bergkamp to signal new era". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Marshall, Alan (24 October 1997). "I'm Wright off England blasts Ian; FANS TO BLAME". Daily Record (The Free Library). Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Leeds United: My Whites playing days – Linighan INTERVIEW". Yorkshire Evening Post. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Shaw, Phil (20 August 1994). "Premiership Kick-off: Search for the happy medium starts here: Influx of foreign players and new Fifa guidelines give unfamiliar look to new season. Phil Shaw reports". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Hartson, 89
  9. ^ Winter, Henry (23 July 1992). "Rocastle's move to Leeds leaves room for Thomas". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Culley, Jon (10 November 1997). "That was the weekend that was". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Burton, Mark (15 June 1993). "McGoldrick moves to Arsenal for 1m pounds". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Arsenal reserve team appearances 1995/96". Arseweb. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Irwin, Mark (31 July 1996). "SIGN OR GET OUT RIOCH!; Arsenal warn crisis boss.". Daily Mirror (The Free Library). Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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