2008–09 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
2008–09 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 4th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Robin van Persie (11)
All:
Robin van Persie (20)
Highest home attendance 60,109 (31 January vs West Ham United, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 55,641 (17 March vs Hull City, FA Cup)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008–09 season was Arsenal Football Club's 17th consecutive season in the Premier League. This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season, and also lists all matches that the club played in the season.

Events[edit]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  ESP Almunia 32 EU 2004 125 0 undisclosed[40] £ 0.5m
3 DF  FRA Sagna 26 EU 2007 89 1 2014[41] £ 7.5m
5 DF  CIV Touré (VC) 28 Non-EU 2002 (Winter) 326 14 undisclosed[42] £ 0.15m
10 DF  FRA Gallas (Captain) 31 EU 2006 109 13 undisclosed[43] Part exchange with
A. Cole+£5m[44]
22 DF  FRA Clichy 23 EU 2003 187 1 2012[45] £ 0.25m
15 MF  BRA Denílson 21 Non-EU 2006 93 5 undisclosed[46] £ 3.4m
4 MF  ESP Fàbregas (captain) 22 EU 2003 231 29 2014[47] Free
17 DF  CMR Song 21 EU 2005 78 3 undisclosed[48] £ 1.0m
8 MF  FRA Nasri 21 EU 2008 44 7 undisclosed[49] £ 12m[50]
25 FW  TOG Adebayor 25 Non-EU 2006 (Winter) 142 62 undisclosed[51] £ 3m
11 FW  NED v. Persie 25 EU 2004 177 63 2011[52] £ 2.75m
26 FW  DEN Bendtner 21 EU 2004 93 23 2012[53] Youth system
27 MF  CIV Eboué 25 Non-EU 2005 (Winter) 147 6 undisclosed[54] £ 1.54m
2 MF  FRA Diaby 23 EU 2006 (Winter) 98 10 undisclosed[55] £ 2m
14 FW  ENG Walcott 20 EU 2006 (Winter) 106 14 undisclosed[56] £ 9.1m
20 DF   SUI CIV Djourou 22 Non-EU 2003 77 0 undisclosed[57] Youth system
12 FW  MEX Vela 20 Non-EU 2005 29 6 2010 £ 0.5m[58]
18 DF  FRA Silvestre 31 EU 2008 23 2 2010[59] £ 0.75m[59]
16 MF  WAL Ramsey 18 EU 2008 22 1 undisclosed £ 4.8m[60]
40 DF  ENG Gibbs 19 EU 2007 23 0 undisclosed[61] Youth system
21 GK  POL Fabiański 24 EU 2007 26 0 undisclosed[62] £ 2.0m
23 MF  RUS Arshavin 27 Non-EU 2009 (Winter) 15 6 2012[63] £ 15.0m
19 MF  ENG Wilshere 17 EU 2008 8 1 undisclosed[29] Youth system
9 FW  CRO BRA Eduardo 26 Non-EU 2007 35 15 2011[64] £ 7.5m
28 MF  POR FRA Bischoff 22 EU 2008 4 0 undisclosed[65] Free
24 GK  ITA Mannone 21 EU 2005 1 0 undisclosed[66] £ 0.35m
7 MF  CZE Rosický 28 EU 2006 61 13 undisclosed[67] £ 6.8m

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
16 MF Wales Aaron Ramsey Wales Cardiff City £4,800,000 13 June 2008 First-team [8]
8 MF France Samir Nasri France Marseille £12,000,000 11 July 2008 First-team [10]
28 MF Portugal Amaury Bischoff Germany Werder Bremen Free transfer 30 July 2008 First-team [13]
18 DF France Mikaël Silvestre England Manchester United £750,000 20 August 2008 First-team [18]
23 MF Russia Andrei Arshavin Russia Zenit St. Petersburg £15,000,000 3 February 2009 First-team [30]

Total spending: Decrease £32,550,000

Out[edit]

# Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
1 GK Germany Jens Lehmann Germany VfB Stuttgart Free transfer (Released) 3 June 2008 [4]
16 MF France Mathieu Flamini Italy Milan Free transfer (Released) 1 July 2008 [1]
13 MF Belarus Alexander Hleb Spain Barcelona £11,900,000 16 July 2008 [11]
19 MF Brazil Gilberto Silva Greece Panathinaikos £1,000,000 17 July 2008 [12]
31 DF England Justin Hoyte England Middlesbrough £3,000,000 16 August 2008 [16]

Total income: Increase £15,900,000

Loan Out[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Source
DF England Kerrea Gilbert England Leicester City 11 July 2008 End of the season [68]
30 DF France Armand Traoré England Portsmouth 21 August 2008 End of the season [69]
6 DF Switzerland Philippe Senderos Italy Milan 26 July 2008 End of the season [70]
50 FW England Jay Simpson England West Bromwich Albion 31 December 2008 End of the season [71]

Overall transfer activity[edit]

Spending[edit]

Decrease £32.55 million

Income[edit]

Increase £15.9 million

Net expenditure[edit]

Decrease £16.65 million

Squad stats[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Spain GK Manuel Almunia 44 0 32+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 12+0 0
2 France MF Abou Diaby 36 4 16+8 3 4+1 0 0+0 0 5+2 1
3 France DF Bacary Sagna 49 0 34+1 0 5+0 0 0+0 0 9+0 0
4 Spain MF Cesc Fàbregas 33 3 22+0 3 1+0 0 0+0 0 10+0 0
5 Ivory Coast DF Kolo Touré 41 1 26+3 1 3+0 0 0+0 0 9+0 0
7 Czech Republic MF Tomáš Rosický 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
8 France MF Samir Nasri 44 7 28+1 6 3+2 0 0+0 0 10+0 1
9 Croatia FW Eduardo 4 3 0+0 0 2+0 3 0+0 0 0+2 0
10 France DF William Gallas 36 6 23+0 2 4+0 1 0+0 0 9+0 3
11 Netherlands FW Robin van Persie 44 20 24+4 11 4+2 4 0+0 0 10+0 5
12 Mexico FW Carlos Vela 29 6 2+12 1 3+1 1 3+0 4 2+6 0
14 England FW Theo Walcott 35 6 16+6 2 2+1 1 0+0 0 9+1 3
15 Brazil MF Denílson 51 3 36+1 3 2+0 0 0+0 0 11+1 0
16 Wales MF Aaron Ramsey 22 1 1+8 0 2+2 0 3+0 0 4+2 1
17 Cameroon DM Alex Song 48 2 23+8 1 4+0 0 2+0 0 8+3 1
18 France DF Mikaël Silvestre 23 2 12+2 2 2+0 0 1+0 0 6+0 0
19 England MF Jack Wilshere 8 1 0+1 0 0+2 0 3+0 1 0+2 0
20 Switzerland DF Johan Djourou 29 0 13+2 0 4+0 0 2+0 0 6+2 0
21 Poland GK Łukasz Fabiański 18 0 5+1 0 6+0 0 3+0 0 2+1 0
22 France DF Gaël Clichy 41 1 30+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 10+0 0
23 Russia MF Andrei Arshavin 15 6 12+0 6 2+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
24 Italy GK Vito Mannone 1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
25 Togo FW Emmanuel Adebayor 37 16 21+5 10 1+1 0 0+0 0 8+1 6
26 Denmark FW Nicklas Bendtner 50 15 17+14 9 3+2 2 2+0 2 5+7 2
27 Ivory Coast DF Emmanuel Eboué 44 4 17+11 3 4+1 1 0+0 0 6+5 0
28 Portugal MF Amaury Bischoff 4 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
35 France MF Francis Coquelin [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
39 Portugal FW Rui Fonte [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
40 England DF Kieran Gibbs 21 0 6+2 0 5+1 0 3+0 0 3+1 0
41 England DF Gavin Hoyte [R] 4 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
42 England MF Henri Lansbury [R] 3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+3 0 0+0 0
43 Spain MF Fran Mérida [R] 5 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
47 England MF Mark Randall [R] 6 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+2 0
49 England DF Paul Rodgers [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
50 England FW Jay Simpson [R] [L] 3 2 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+2 2 0+0 0

Source: Arsenal F.C.

Disciplinary record[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Notes
11 FW  NED v. Persie 9 0 1
25 FW  TOG Adebayor 5 1 0
27 MF  CIV Eboué 3 1 0
22 DF  FRA Clichy 9 0 0
17 DF  CMR Song 8 0 0
8 MF  FRA Nasri 8 0 0
4 MF  ESP Fàbregas 8 0 0
2 MF  FRA Diaby 7 0 0
10 DF  FRA Gallas 5 0 0
3 DF  FRA Sagna 5 0 0
15 MF  BRA Denílson 5 0 0
26 FW  DEN Bendtner 4 0 0
5 DF  CIV Touré 4 0 0
40 DF  ENG Gibbs 2 0 0
20 DF   SUI CIV Djourou 2 0 0
16 MF  WAL Ramsey 2 0 0
23 MF  RUS Arshavin 2 0 0
47 MF  ENG Randall 1 0 0
43 MF  ESP Mérida 1 0 0
12 FW  MEX Vela 1 0 0
18 DF  FRA Silvestre 1 0 0

Last updated: 24 May
Source: Match reports in Competitive matches
Only competitive matches
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Start formations[edit]

Qnt Formation Match(es)
51 4–4–2 1–13, 15–29, 31–49, 52–53, 57–58, 61
8 4–2–3–1 14, 50–51, 54–56, 59–60
1 4–4–1–1 30[72]

Last updated: 24 May
Source:[citation needed]
Only competitive matches.


Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Arsène Wenger, 13 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 Colin Lewin
Fitness coach England Tony Colbert
Chief scout England Steve Rowley

Last updated: 11 August
Source: Arsenal FC

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Nike / Sponsor: Fly Emirates

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

Kit information[edit]

The completely new set of kits was launched.

  • Home The home strip was rather controversial, as Nike ditched the white sleeves the club's well knwon for. It featured white trimmings, red line on the shorts and a red band on the socks. Red socks with white bands were used in some away games.
  • Away The away strip was obsidian and gold, which gave the strip a modern touch. It featured red trimmings on the side of the strip.
  • Keeper There were three goalkeeper kits, which were all based on Nike's old template, which in turn featured one conspicuous swirl on the strip. The main strip was grey with black shorts, but the second strip (mint/navy) and the third strip (black/grey reverse) was available, should they be required.

Other information[edit]

Emirates Stadium, the second largest in Premier League[73]
Chairman England Peter Hill-Wood
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Emirates Stadium (60,432 / 105x68 meters)

Last updated: 15 June
Source: Arsenal FC and www.footballgroundguide.com

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 4 16 August 24 May
Champions League Third qualifying round Semi-finals 13 August 5 May
Football League Cup 3rd round Quarter finals 23 September 2 December
FA Cup 3rd round Semi-finals 3 January 18 April

Last updated: 24 May
Source: Competitions

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
7 Fulham 38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round

Updated to games played on 24 May 2009.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification:
(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 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 11 5 3 31 16 +15 9 7 3 37 21 +16

Last updated: 24 May.
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 H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A H A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H
Result W L W W W L D W W D L W L L W W D D D W W W D D D D D W W W W W D W W L D W
Position 9 14 4 3 1 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Last updated: 24 May.
Source: Competitive Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group G
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Porto 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 12
England Arsenal 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 0 2 4 4 11 −7 2

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]
Semi-finals[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 FA Cup

Football League Cup[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Last updated: 9 August
Source: Arsenal FC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Canaries.co.uk | Reynolds Moves To Arsenal
  3. ^ Arsenal.com | Mexican striker Vela granted a work permit
  4. ^ a b "Arsenal confirms Lehmann move to Stuttgart". Arsenal F.C. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Arsenal.com | Sagna signs new long-term contract with Arsenal
  6. ^ Arsenal.com | Alexandre Song agrees a new long-term contract
  7. ^ Arsenal.com | Gary Lewin to join England team on full-time basis
  8. ^ a b "Ramsey completes move from Cardiff City". Arsenal F.C. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Arsenal.com | Gaël Clichy signs new long-term contract with Arsenal
  10. ^ a b "Nasri agrees to join Arsenal from Marseille". Arsenal F.C. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Alexander Hleb leaves Arsenal for Barcelona". Arsenal F.C. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Gilberto leaves Arsenal - a personal tribute". Arsenal F.C. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Portuguese midfielder Bischoff joins Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
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  15. ^ UEFA.com | Arsenal dent Twente ambitions
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  17. ^ Arsenal.com | Adebayor signs a new long-term contract
  18. ^ a b "Arsenal announce signing of Mikael Silvestre". Arsenal F.C. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  19. ^ BBC Sport | Arsenal sign Man Utd's Silvestre
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  21. ^ Arsenal.com | Arsenal V FC Twente - Match Report
  22. ^ Arsenal.com | Randall and Gibbs sign new contracts
  23. ^ Arsenal.com | Johan Djourou signs new long-term contract
  24. ^ BBC Sport| Arsenal 1-2 Hull
  25. ^ Sky Sports - Gallas no longer captain
  26. ^ BBC Sport | Gallas stripped of captain role
  27. ^ a b Arsenal.com - Fabregas named as new Arsenal captain
  28. ^ Arsenal.com - Fabregas ruled out for up to four months
  29. ^ a b BBC Sport | Arsenal's Wilshere signs pro deal
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  33. ^ Arsenal.com - AS Roma 0-1 Arsenal
  34. ^ Arsenal.com - Arsenal 4-0 Blackburn
  35. ^ Arsenal.com - Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
  36. ^ Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal: Match Report
  37. ^ Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United: Match Report
  38. ^ Arsenal.com | Walcott signs a new long-term contract
  39. ^ Arsenal.com | Bendtner fined for ‘unacceptable’ behaviour
  40. ^ Arsenal FC | Almunia - I'd like to stay for rest of my career
  41. ^ Sky Sports | Sagna pens Gunners deal
  42. ^ Arsenal FC | Kolo Toure signs new contract at Arsenal
  43. ^ Arsenal FC | Know more about... William Gallas
  44. ^ BBC Sport | Blues beat deadline to sign Cole
  45. ^ Sky Sports | Clichy jumped at new deal
  46. ^ Arsenal FC | 'Underrated' Denilson signs new contract
  47. ^ Arsenal FC | Fabregas - My delight at signing long-term contract
  48. ^ Arsenal FC | Alexandre Song agrees a new long-term contract
  49. ^ Arsenal FC | Nasri agrees to join Arsenal from Marseille
  50. ^ Sky Sports | Arsenal seal Nasri capture
  51. ^ Arsenal FC | Adebayor signs a new long-term contract
  52. ^ The Observer | Robin van Persie interview
  53. ^ BBC Sport | Bendtner signs five-year contract
  54. ^ Arsenal FC | Eboue signs new long-term contract at Arsenal
  55. ^ Arsenal FC | Diaby signs new long-term deal at Arsenal
  56. ^ Arsenal FC | Walcott signs a new long-term contract
  57. ^ Arsenal FC | Johan Djourou signs new long-term contract
  58. ^ The Sunday Times | Arsene Wenger's generation game
  59. ^ a b Arsenal FC | Arsenal announce signing of Mikael Silvestre
  60. ^ South Wales Echo | Arsenal claim discount on Ramsey deal
  61. ^ Arsenal - Randall and Gibbs sign new contracts
  62. ^ Arsenal FC | Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski joins Arsenal
  63. ^ Daily Mail | No regrets: New Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin insists he won't be a transfer flop at the Emirates
  64. ^ Arsenal FC | Eduardo da Silva completes Arsenal move
  65. ^ Sky Sports | Amaury Bischoff
  66. ^ Arsenal FC | Young goalkeeper signs new contract
  67. ^ Arsenal FC | Diaby signs new long-term deal at Arsenal
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  69. ^ "Armand Traore joins Portsmouth on loan". Arsenal F.C. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
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  71. ^ "Striker Simpson agrees loan move to West Brom". Arsenal F.C. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  72. ^ Arsenal FC - 'We became nervous in getting over the line
  73. ^ Premier League 2008-09 Stadia

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