2007–08 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
2007–08 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 3rd
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Semi-finals
UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Emmanuel Adebayor (24)
All:
Emmanuel Adebayor (30)
Highest home attendance 60,161 (vs. Manchester United, 3 November 2007, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 53,136 (vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 January 2008, Premier League)
Average home league attendance 59,581
(in all competitions)[1]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2007–08 season was the 110th season of competitive football played by Arsenal. The club ended their Premier League campaign in third position, having led the table for two-thirds of the season. Arsenal made it into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, but were eliminated on aggregate score against Liverpool. The team exited the FA Cup in the fifth round to Manchester United and lost in the semi-finals of the Football League Cup to Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal sold striker and club record goalscorer Thierry Henry to Barcelona, in the transfer window. Other departures included first team players Fredrik Ljungberg and José Antonio Reyes to West Ham United and Atlético Madrid respectively; defender Bacary Sagna and striker Eduardo were the notable purchases from AJ Auxerre and Dinamo Zagreb, respectively.

A strong start to the season saw Arsenal top the league table by September. Defeat against Sevilla in November ended a run of 28 matches undefeated and it was not until a month after did the team lose in the league for the first time, away at Middlesbrough. Arsenal extended their league lead to five points in February, but a career-threatening injury to Eduardo against Birmingham City coincided with the team going on a run of four draws in the Premier League. Manchester United soon overtook them in first and defeat to Chelsea in March moved Arsenal down in third place, where they remained at the end of the season.

32 different players represented the club in four competitions and there were 16 different goalscorers. Emmanuel Adebayor was Arsenal's top goalscorer in the 2007–08 season; he scored 30 goals in 48 appearances.

Background[edit]

The previous season was a transitional period for Arsenal. The club transferred a number of first-team players such as defenders Sol Campbell and Lauren to Portsmouth and winger Robert Pirès to Spanish club Villarreal.[2] After lengthy negotiations, Ashley Cole moved to Chelsea on the final day of the summer transfer window, in exchange for £5m and defender William Gallas.[3] Arsenal played their home games at the newly constructed Emirates Stadium and drew their first game against Aston Villa.[4] After they were defeated by Bolton Wanderers, manager Arsène Wenger admitted that his team were unlikely to make a serious challenge for the Premier League.[5] However, even though they were a young and inexperienced team, Arsenal reached the final of the League Cup, where they were beaten 2–1 by Chelsea.[6] Elimination in the UEFA Champions League in the knockout stage (two-legged matches played home and away) and FA Cup in the space of four days followed – the club lost three games in succession for the first time since October 2002.[7] Arsenal eventually finished fourth in the league, level on points with third-placed Liverpool.[8]

Transfers[edit]

At the end of the 2006–07 season, Arsenal transferred Fabrice Muamba to Birmingham City and released Mart Poom, who subsequently joined Watford on a free transfer.[9] Jérémie Aliadière moved to Middlesbrough in a £2 million deal and club captain and record goalscorer Thierry Henry left to join Barcelona for a reported fee of £16 million.[10] Henry commented that his decision to leave Arsenal was because of the departure of chairman David Dein and the uncertainty over Wenger's future.[10] Midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg and striker José Antonio Reyes departed the club in July 2007, moving to West Ham United and Atlético Madrid respectively. Other players Arturo Lupoli, Ryan Garry and Joe O'Cearuill left the club on free transfers.[9] Defender Matthew Connolly, who joined Colchester United on loan for a six-month period later signed for Queens Park Rangers.[11]

Legia Warsaw goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański was the first player Arsenal recruited of the new season.[12] Next to arrive was striker Eduardo, who signed from Dinamo Zagreb, shortly followed by French defender Bacary Sagna.[9] Lassana Diarra was purchased on transfer deadline day from Chelsea, but later transferred to Portsmouth in January after he was frustrated at limited playing time: "I read that the club [Arsenal] wanted to keep me. But when you want to keep someone, you do it by playing them. This hasn't been the case." [13]

In

French defender Bacary Sagna joined Arsenal in the transfer window
Striker Thierry Henry moved to Barcelona in June 2007
No. Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Ref
21 GK Łukasz Fabiański Legia Warsaw £2,000,000 26 May 2007 [12]
9 FW Eduardo Dinamo Zagreb £7,500,000 3 July 2007 [14]
55 DF Håvard Nordtveit Haugesund Undisclosed 3 July 2007 [15]
3 DF Bacary Sagna Auxerre £6,000,000 12 July 2007 [16]
8 MF Lassana Diarra Chelsea £4,000,000 31 August 2007 [17]

Out

No. Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Ref
MF Fabrice Muamba Birmingham City £4,000,000 11 May 2007 [18]
21 GK Mart Poom Watford Free transfer 26 May 2007 [19]
30 FW Jérémie Aliadière Middlesbrough £2,000,000 19 June 2007 [20]
14 FW Thierry Henry Barcelona £16,000,000 25 June 2007 [21]
FW Arturo Lupoli Fiorentina Free transfer 1 July 2007 [22]
8 MF Fredrik Ljungberg West Ham United £3,000,000 23 July 2007 [23]
9 FW José Antonio Reyes Atlético Madrid £6,000,000 31 July 2007 [24]
DF Ryan Garry Bournemouth Free transfer 6 August 2007 [25]
DF Joe O'Cearuill Barnet Free transfer 24 August 2007 [26]
DF Matthew Connolly Queens Park Rangers £1,000,000 2 January 2008 [27]
8 MF Lassana Diarra Portsmouth £5,500,000 17 January 2008 [28]

Loans out

No. Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Ref
DF Matthew Connolly Colchester United 6 July 2007 2 January 2008[29] [30]
DF Kerrea Gilbert Southend United 30 July 2007 3 January 2008[31] [32]
FW Jay Simpson Millwall 31 August 2007 4 May 2008 [33]

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

This is Arsène Wenger's 12th seasons with Arsenal.
Position Staff
Manager France Arsène Wenger
Assistant manager Northern Ireland Pat Rice
First team coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Boro Primorac
Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton
Physiotherapist England Gary Lewin
Fitness coach England Tony Colbert
Chief scout England Steve Rowley

Last updated: 2 Aug 2008
Source: Arsenal FC

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Nike / Sponsor: Fly Emirates

Home
Home alt.
Away
Away alt.
Third
Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper alt.
Goalkeeper alt. 2
Goalkeeper 3

Kit information[edit]

Nike released new kit for Arsenal this season.

  • Home The home kit from last season was unchanged.
  • Away The away kit with a design that celebrates the pioneering spirit of club legendary Herbert Chapman, and sees a return to the white away shirts worn throughout the Club's history. The shirt incorporates a tonal print in a horizontal stripe, detailing many of Chapman's groundbreaking innovations which among others include the introduction of the white ball, rubber studs and numbered shirts. The Gunners legend also campaigned for Gillespie Road tube station to be changed to Arsenal tube station - the setting for the print adverts - to further promote the Club's name, and was successful with its renaming in 1932. The kit also features redcurrant shorts and white and redcurrant socks - the hooped design another of the ideas that Chapman introduced to the Club along with his inspiration for Arsenal's famous red and white shirt.
  • Third The third kit featured with hooped dark-redcurrant shirts, collar with gold stripes. Dark shorts with gold stripes in down shorts. hooped redcurrant in dark socks with gold stripes. Same as away kit to commemorate the influence and achievements of under club legends Herbert Chapman.
  • Keeper The goalkeeper kit are yellow. grey and navy blue.

Other information[edit]

The Emirates Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Premier League.
Chairman England Peter Hill-Wood
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Emirates Stadium (60,355 / 114x71 yards)

Last updated: 2 Aug 2008
Source: Arsenal and Emirates Stadium

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

A total of 20 teams competed in the Premier League in the 2007–08 season. Each team played 38 matches; two against every other team and one match at each club's stadium. Three points were awarded for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats. At the end of the season the top two teams qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League; teams in third and fourth needed to play a qualifier.[34]

The provisional fixture list was released on 14 June 2007, but was subject to change in the event of clashes with other competitions, inclement weather, or matches being selected for television coverage.[35]

August–October[edit]

Alexander Hleb in action against Fulham

Arsenal started their league campaign at home to Fulham on 12 August 2007. A mistake by goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, "screw[ing] an attempted return pass against his own knee", allowed striker David Healy to score, just under 52 seconds. However, a late penalty scored by Robin van Persie and a goal from Alexander Hleb resulted in the team winning the match.[36] In their next match, away to Blackburn Rovers, another error by Lehmann – this time letting David Dunn's shot slip through his fingers and into the goalnet, meant the team drew 1–1.[37] Cesc Fàbregas scored the winning goal against Manchester City, ten minutes before the end of the match.[38] The result was followed with what The Guardian described as a "fluent attacking display" at home to Portsmouth, on the first day of September.[39] Arsenal faced local rivals Tottenham Hotspur after a week-long international break and went a goal behind when Gareth Bale’s free-kick beat goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, past the net.[40] Emmanuel Adebayor scored the equaliser in the second half, before Fàbregas "piloted a 30-yarder beyond Paul Robinson in the 80th minute."[40] In stoppage time, Adebayor flicked the ball up and volleyed it into the top corner of Tottenham's goal; the result meant Arsenal went top of the league table, for the first time in the season.[40] A week after, Adebayor scored a hat-trick (three goals) in a 5–0 win against Derby County.[41] Van Persie scored the only goal against West Ham United on 29 September 2007 to maintain the lead at the top.[42]

Two goals from Van Persie helped Arsenal beat Sunderland 3–2 at home, on the first weekend of October.[43] Second half goals from defender Kolo Touré and midfielder Tomáš Rosický against Bolton Wanderers, gave the team a seventh straight victory in the league.[44] Arsenal played Liverpool on 28 October 2007, a match billed as the "first great test" of their title credentials.[45] Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool an early lead, from a free-kick, but as the match went on, Arsenal began to dominate possession, eventually rewarded when Fábregas equalised in the 80th minute, from a Hleb through ball.[45]

November–February[edit]

November began with a home match against Manchester United. Going into the match, both clubs were level on points and goal difference, at the top of the league.[46] In the 45th minute, Gallas inadvertently scored an own goal to give United the lead, before Fábregas equalised early in the second half.[46] Cristiano Ronaldo scored what was thought to be the winning goal, eight minutes from the end, but Arsenal equalised for the second time in the match via Gallas.[46] The draw pleased Wenger, who after the game noted his team were "...still charge of the title race because we are top with a game in hand".[47] A win against Reading at the Madjeski Stadium on 12 November 2007 brought about Arsenal's 1,000th Premier League goal, scored by Adebayor.[48] Reading striker Dave Kitson afterwards praised Arsenal's performance and asserted they were "the best team on the planet": "The thing that amazes you most is they are not just passing to each other – they are passing so that person can run on to the ball and then his mind is already made up what he is going to do next. It is just magic, it is unbelievable."[49]

"Arsenal are my favourite team right now and I think they are the best performing team in the Premier League."

Pelé, November 2007[49]

Late goals scored by Gallas and Rosický at home to Wigan Athletic kept Arsenal three points clear of Manchester United in the league table, at the end of November.[50] The win at Villa Park against Aston Villa in December, moved Arsenal five points clear at the top of the league table, and provoked speculation as to whether the club could go another league season unbeaten; Wenger responded, "People will talk ... just let us play."[51] The team played out a 1–1 draw at Newcastle United four days after[52] and lost against Middlesbrough, ending a record of 22 league matches unbeaten.[53] Arsenal beat Chelsea 1–0 on 16 December 2007[54] and needed a late goal, scored by from substitute Nicklas Bendtner to win against Tottenham Hotspur.[55] In spite of a draw at Portsmouth on Boxing Day, which moved Arsenal down to second place,[56] a win against Everton helped the club move past Manchester United to the first-place spot.[57]

On 1 January 2008, Eduardo and Adebayor each scored to earn Arsenal a win against West Ham United.[58] The team dropped two points against Birmingham City,[59] but a 3–0 victory at Fulham meant that Arsenal retained their first-place status.[60] Goals scored by Mathieu Flamini, Adebayor and Fábregas helped Arsenal beat Newcastle United in the final week of January.[61] The team became the first to reach 60 points in February, after winning 3–1 against Manchester City; Wenger described the feat as "phenomenal".[62] Manchester City's defeat of Manchester United the following week meant a 2–0 win at home to Blackburn Rovers put Arsenal five points clear in first spot, with 12 matches to play.[63]

The team then faced Birmingham City at St Andrew's. Shortly after kick-off, defender Martin Taylor was sent off and took no further part in the game, after his tackle on Eduardo. The player's challenge left the Arsenal striker with a broken leg; he was ruled out from action for the rest of the season.[64] James McFadden scored through a free-kick in the 28th minute, before two Theo Walcott goals in the second half put Arsenal in the lead.[64] In stoppage time, Gaël Clichy was penalised for a foul on Stuart Parnaby in the penalty area; McFadden scored Birmingham's awarded penalty to draw the match 2–2.[64] It prompted Gallas to throw a tantrum: he attacked an advertising board situated on the side of the pitch and rested alone on the pitch, while his players headed for the dressing room.[65] Wenger after the match called for a permanent football ban on tackler Taylor; he later retracted the comment.[66]

March–May[edit]

A late equaliser at home to Aston Villa preserved Arsenal's lead at the top of the Premier League to only a point.[67] A goalless draw at Wigan Athletic, was followed by a fourth consecutive draw in the league, at home to Middlesbrough.[68] On the same day, Manchester United moved above Arsenal, who recorded a 1–0 win against Derby County.[69] Prior to the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, Wenger believed his team's poor form was over and asserted that Arsenal would go on to win the league as they were "the most consistent team."[70] After Gallas missed a chance to score in the first half, Sagna put Arsenal in front, heading the ball into the goal net, from a corner in the 59th minute.[71] Didier Drogba equalised for Chelsea in the 73rd minute and nine minutes later scored the winner, from a Nicolas Anelka flick-on.[71] The result pushed Chelsea up into second place and moved Arsenal down one; both clubs were five and six points behind Manchester United respectively at the top.[71] Wenger admitted the defeat was a "big setback", going on to express that "Chelsea played long balls and we couldn't deal with it."[72] At the Reebok Stadium on 29 March 2008, Arsenal played Bolton Wanderers. The team went two goals down in the first half, both scored by Matthew Taylor and lost Abou Diaby, who was sent off for a foul on Grétar Steinsson.[73] The team's "dramatic" comeback however, in the form of a winning goal in stoppage time, secured their first league win at Bolton Wanderers' ground in six years.[73]

A 1–1 draw against Liverpool in early April, sandwiched in between Champions League legs between both teams "disappointed" Wenger, who refused to concede winning the title.[74] Defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on 13 April 2008, however ended any realistic chance of overtaking the leaders, as United, the champions, needed two more wins to retain the title.[73] Arsenal beat relegation-threatened Reading 2–0 the week after.[75] Adebayor scored a hat-trick against Derby County on 28 April 2008, which made him the first player to score three goals, home and away against the same side in the same season.[76] The win secured third place, pleasing Wenger who felt the team had a "great future – I believe we were really unlucky not to win something this year."[77] Arsenal won their remaining two fixtures against Everton[78] and Sunderland by a single goal, ending the campaign four points behind champions Manchester United.[79]

Match results[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 27 6 5 80 22 +58 87 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 25 10 3 65 26 +39 85
3 Arsenal F.C. 38 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Liverpool 38 21 13 4 67 28 +39 76

Source: [80]
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.

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 24 11 3 74 31 +43 83 14 5 0 37 11 +26 10 6 3 37 20 +17

Source: [80]

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 H H A H A H H A H A H A A A H H A A H H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A
Result W D W W W W W W W D D W W W D L W W D W W D W W W W D D D D L W D L W W W W
Position 4 7 6 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3

Source: [81]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

As Arsenal finished fourth in the league the previous season, the club played a qualifying round against Sparta Prague to ensure progression into the group stages. Goals from Fàbregas and Hleb in the away leg earned a 2–0 win and a 3–0 victory at home meant Arsenal qualified for a 10th successive season in the competition.[82]

Group stage[edit]

Arsenal players celebrating their win against Sevilla in September 2007.

The club were drawn in Group H, along with UEFA Cup holders Sevilla, Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic and Romania's Steaua București.[83] Arsenal started their campaign in good stead, beating Sevilla by three goals to nil and followed the result with a 1–0 victory against Steaua Bucureşti.[84][85] Against Slavia Prague at the Emirates, Arsenal equalled their best ever victory in a European competition, by scoring seven goals.[86] Walcott, who scored his first two goals of the season in the match, earned the praise of manager Wenger – "Once Theo scored his first, you saw him much more. When they opened up the space, you could see his runs and pace, and the fact he is clinical in front of goal."[86] Qualification into the knockout stages was ensured with a draw away to Slavia Prague on 7 November 2007.[87] Defeat against Sevilla at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán was Arsenal's first loss since April 2007, ending a run of 28 matches undefeated in all competitions.[88] The result moved them down into second place, and in spite of winning their final group match against Steaua București at home, Arsenal ended two points behind group winners Sevilla.[89]

Group H
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Sevilla 6 5 0 1 14 7 +7 15
England Arsenal 6 4 1 1 14 4 +10 13
Czech Republic Slavia Prague 6 1 2 3 5 16 −11 5
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 6 0 1 5 4 10 −6 1

Knockout stage[edit]

First knockout round[edit]

Arsenal was drawn against Champions League holders Milan in the knockout stages. In the first leg, Arsenal was held to a draw at home, with their best chance of winning the match coming in stoppage time; Adebayor headed the ball against the crossbar.[90] A week later at the San Siro, the team produced a performance "with style, intelligence and discipline", to win the match by two goals to nil.[91] In doing so, they progressed into the last eight and became the first English team to beat Milan, away from home.[91]

Quarter-finals[edit]

In the quarter-finals, Arsenal played against fellow English club Liverpool, with the first leg at home. Adebayor scored the first goal – he headed the ball from a corner, before Dirk Kuyt equalised three minutes later. Arsenal missed a chance to score a second goal, had Bendtner not managed to inadvertently clear Fàbregas' strike.[92] In the return leg at Anfield, Arsenal made the better start of the two teams and took the lead when Diaby scored from a tight angle in the 13th minute.[93] Sami Hyypiä equalised from a header before Fernando Torres received a long pass and swivelled to shoot the ball with his right foot, sending it into the top-left hand corner of Arsenal's goal.[93] With five minutes remaining of the second half, substitute Walcott "covered some 80 yards at pace" to get past the Liverpool defenders and passed the ball for Adebayor, in the middle of the pitch to score.[93] Touré moments after was adjudged to have fouled Ryan Babel and conceded a penalty kick; Gerrard converted the ball into the net to make the scoreline 4–3 on aggregate.[93] In stoppage time Babel scored Liverpool's fourth, meaning they faced Chelsea in the semi-finals. Wenger in his post-match news conference questioned the "dodgy decision" to give Liverpool a penalty and commented the defeat was "not down to mental strength ... It was down to a lack of experience defensively."[94]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 FA Cup

Arsenal entered the FA Cup in the third round, where they were drawn to play Championship opposition Burnley. Goals from Eduardo and Bendtner, in either half of the match ensured victory for a "second-string" team.[95] Against Newcastle United a fortnight later, a 3–0 victory meant Arsenal progressed into the fifth round, where they faced Manchester United away.[96] The match played on 16 February 2008, ended in a "embarrassingly one-sided victory" for the home team; defender Emmanuel Eboué was notably dismissed for a high challenge on Patrice Evra.[97]

League Cup[edit]

Arsenal began their League Cup campaign in the third round, drawn at home to Newcastle United.[98] They made nine changes from the previous starting eleven – Eduardo paired up with Bendtner in the front two.[99] Bendtner scored the opening goal seven minutes from the end of normal time; Denílson added a second goal to ensure Arsenal's progression.[99] Fourth-round opponents Sheffield United were easier to defeat, with Eduardo scoring a brace (two goals).[100] The quarter-final pitted Arsenal away to Blackburn Rovers, in a match played on 18 December 2007. Diaby gave Arsenal the lead with a volley after six minutes and Eduardo extended the lead, before Roque Santa Cruz pulled a goal back for Blackburn, three minutes from the end of the first half.[101] Santa Cruz scored the equaliser and his second of the match, heading in a cross by David Bentley.[101] In stoppage time, Denilson was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Dunn. In spite of playing with one less player, Arsenal regained the lead. Alex Song passed the ball to Eduardo, who held off his opponent Ryan Nelsen and with minimal effort placed it past Brad Friedel.[101] The performance prompted Wenger to assert that his team could win the cup,[102] while opposing manager Mark Hughes commented that Arsenal's blend of young players were capable of following in the footsteps of Manchester United's fledglings, managed by Alex Ferguson.[103]

Arsenal was drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in the two-legged semifinal. In the first leg, at the Emirates, Arsenal scored a late equaliser to even the tie at 1–1.[104] However, a 5–1 victory for Tottenham in the return leg meant it was their first victory over their north London rivals in nine years.[105] Wenger after the game defended his policy to play a young side, adding: "The only regret I have is to have played the players who should not have played."[106]

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Germany Jens Lehmann 13 0 6+1 0 3+0 0 0+0 0 3+0 0
2 MF France Abou Diaby 28 4 9+6 1 2+0 0 4+1 1 5+1 2
3 DF France Bacary Sagna 40 1 29+0 1 1+0 0 1+1 0 7+1 0
4 MF Spain Cesc Fàbregas 45 13 32+0 7 2+0 0 0+1 0 9+1 6
5 DF Ivory Coast Kolo Touré 41 2 29+1 2 2+0 0 0+0 0 9+0 0
6 DF Switzerland Philippe Senderos 32 2 14+3 2 2+1 0 3+0 0 8+1 0
7 MF Czech Republic Tomáš Rosický 24 7 15+3 6 1+0 0 0+0 0 3+2 1
8 MF France Lassana Diarra 13 0 4+3 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 1+2 0
9 FW Croatia Eduardo 31 12 13+4 4 2+1 1 3+2 4 4+2 3
10 DF France William Gallas 42 4 31+0 4 2+0 0 1+0 0 8+0 0
11 FW Netherlands Robin van Persie 23 9 13+2 7 0+0 0 1+0 0 6+1 2
13 MF Belarus Alexander Hleb 42 4 29+2 2 1+1 0 1+0 0 8+0 2
15 MF Brazil Denílson 23 2 4+9 0 1+0 0 5+0 2 3+1 0
16 MF France Mathieu Flamini 40 3 30+0 3 1+1 0 0+0 0 8+0 0
17 DM Cameroon Alex Song 15 0 5+4 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 2+1 0
19 MF Brazil Gilberto Silva 36 1 12+11 1 2+1 0 3+0 0 3+4 0
20 DF Switzerland Johan Djourou 3 0 1+1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
21 GK Poland Łukasz Fabiański 8 0 3+0 0 0+0 0 5+0 0 0+0 0
22 DF France Gaël Clichy 49 0 37+1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 10+0 0
24 GK Spain Manuel Almunia 38 0 29+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 9+0 0
25 FW Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 48 30 32+4 24 1+1 2 0+1 1 7+2 3
26 FW Denmark Nicklas Bendtner 40 9 7+20 5 2+0 1 5+0 1 3+3 2
27 DF Ivory Coast Emmanuel Eboué 36 0 20+3 0 2+0 0 1+0 0 8+2 0
30 DF France Armand Traoré 11 0 1+2 0 2+0 0 4+0 0 2+0 0
31 DF England Justin Hoyte 15 0 2+3 0 2+1 0 5+0 0 2+0 0
32 FW England Theo Walcott 39 7 11+14 4 1+0 0 4+0 1 4+5 2
33 DF England Matthew Connolly 2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+1 0 0+0 0
34 DF England Kieran Gibbs 2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+1 0 0+0 0
36 MF England Mark Randall 3 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 1+1 0 0+0 0
39 MF England Henri Lansbury 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
40 GK Italy Vito Mannone 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
42 MF Spain Fran Mérida 3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+3 0 0+0 0
43 MF Netherlands Nacer Barazite 2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
46 DF England Kerrea Gilbert 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0

[L] – Out on loan, [S] – Sold

Source: [107]

See also[edit]

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