2014–15 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
2014–15 season
Chairman Sir Chips Keswick
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 5th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
FA Community Shield Winners
UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Alexis Sánchez (12)
All:
Alexis Sánchez (18)
Highest home attendance 60,074
(vs. Manchester United,
22 November 2014)
Lowest home attendance 59,621
(vs. Southampton,
23 September 2014)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2014–15 season is Arsenal's 23rd season in the Premier League and 95th consecutive season in the top flight of English football. This season Arsenal participate in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and the UEFA Champions League.

Preview[edit]

Background[edit]

There were changes with both kit manufacturers and ticket prices with Arsenal this season as it marked the inaugural season in which the kits were manufactured by German sportswear company Puma, after a 20 year association with Nike came to an end.[1] The deal was worth an estimated £170million over a 5-year period, in a deal that will become the most lucrative kit manufacturer deal in English football to date. Arsenal had announced the partnership with Puma will be effective from 1 July 2014.[1] In addition, Arsenal announced an increase in their ticket prices of 3% in line with inflation, despite boasting some of the highest ticket prices of English football clubs.[2] The changes marked only the third change to ticket prices within 9 years amid recent visual protests from away fans in home matches in the last two seasons, most notably perhaps against Manchester City.[3]

Pre-season[edit]

On 27 March 2013, Arsenal announced plans to play a single pre-season friendly against the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer in the United States, for the club's first trip to the States for 25 years.[4] The match took place at the home ground for former Gunner Thierry Henry, the Red Bull Arena, on 26 July 2014 and was be the only game to be played outside of Europe for Arsenal this pre-season, subsequently marking the end of three successive Asia tours for the Gunners. The match ultimately ended in a 1–0 loss following a first half close range strike from Arsenal legend Ian Wright's son Bradley Wright-Phillips. The result was the first win for an MLS side in 8 attempts against an English opposition in the summer to date. On 2 May 2014 Arsenal announced the line-up for the 2014 Emirates Cup, an annual tournament held at the Emirates Stadium. The tournament will consist of Arsenal (the hosts), Spanish side Valencia (who last participated in inaugural Emirates Cup), Portuguese side Benfica and Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.[5] Arsenal will play Benfica on 2 August 2014, followed by Monaco a day later. The winners are crowned based on points accumulated and goals scored (with shots taken being taken into account if standings remain level). The last friendly to be announced for Arsenal turned out to be the opening fixture of the pre-season schedule, with the non-World Cup participating squad members involved against Conference South side Boreham Wood. The match finished 2–0 to the Gunners following second half strikes from Kristoffer Olsson in the 68th minute and a penalty from striker Benik Afobe in the 86th minute in what proved to be a stern test for Arsene Wenger's side. Arsenal began their Emirates Cup campaign opening to Benfica on the 2nd of August. Starting the game with a high tempo, Arsenal found the breakthrough in the 26th minute following a goal by Yaya Sanogo, who scored his first goal in his Arsenal career, despite having 14 first team appearances last term. Arsenal continued the high tempo, and five minutes before time, Héctor Bellerín picked out Joel Campbell, who struck a volley past Artur to give Arsenal a two goal advantage. Sanogo soon completed his hat-trick by netting twice in the space of as many minutes, as he first rolled into an empty net and then prodded past Artur after being picked out from the left by Kieran Gibbs. Arsenal entered half time with a 4-0 lead, and looked sure to progress further into the competition. Four minutes after the restart and Sanogo had his fourth, with Artur spilling a low drive from Ramsey into his path before calmly slotting home. Benfica, however, pulled one back just past the hour mark, with a long throw from Maxi Pereira touched on for Nicolás Gaitán to nod in from close range but Arsenal managed to progress after a busy afternoon in North London, with the match showcasing the debuts of Chilean Alexis Sánchez from the bench, along with Wenger opting to start £16m signing Calum Chambers.

Arsenal's second game in the Emirates Cup was against Ligue 1 runners up Monaco. Wenger fielded a 4-3-3 formation, which saw the introduction of first team names Wojciech Szczęsny, Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud back into the side. Summer signings Sánchez and Chambers started the game, which also served as the debut for £12m signing Mathieu Debuchy. Arsenal had needed only a draw to claim the Emirates Cup, and entered the game looking for that draw. Monaco, however, were gifted the only goal of the game in the 37th minute when Radamel Falcao was given the freedom of the Arsenal penalty area to head home Joao Moutinho’s free-kick, awarded for Jack Wilshere’s clumsy lunge on Nabil Dirar, a challenge that booked the English midfielder. Having won 5-1 against Benfica 24 hours earlier, Arsenal struggled against the French side and created little in the way of clear-cut chances. Sánchez played on both flanks and then through the middle in the second period before being withdrawn in the 74th minute. Following the introduction of Chuba Akpom into the side, Arsenal showed direct running and looked for an equaliser. Akpom, who replaced Sánchez, was brought down by Danijel Subašić as Akpom burst into the box, only for referee Martin Atkinson to award a free-kick rather than a penalty - despite replays showing the foul was clearly inside the area. The game finished 0-1 to Monaco, and with Valencia winning 3-1 against Benfica earlier that day, the Spanish side were gifted the trophy.

Aside from on-field preparations for this season, on 30 May, Arsenal announced that manager of 18 years, Arsène Wenger, had signed a new deal that would keep him at the club until 2017, marking his 21st year as Arsenal manager should he fulfil the full contract length.[6] Having a Champions League-entry record matched only by Real Madrid and the experience of 1010 games prior to the new contract as Arsenal manager, chairman Sir Chips Keswick, commentated on how Wenger "has established Arsenal for its exciting playing style around the world" and that he has "no doubt [Arsenal] have an exciting future ahead of [them] with him leading the team".[6] Amongst his honours are three league titles, five FA Cups and four Charity/Community Shields, including two league and cup doubles in 1998 and 2002. He was also the only Arsenal manager to win more than one FA Cup (having recently become the joint most successful manager of the competition with Sir Alex Ferguson with five wins) and take the club to a Champions League Final.[6]

Transfers[edit]

On 29 May 2014, a little over two weeks from the end of the previous season, cup-winning hero Łukasz Fabiański was said to be departing the club for Welsh club Swansea City upon the completion of his current contract, citing his need to be a first choice keeper given the stage of his career the Pole was entering.[7] Fabianski left with 78 appearances and 25 clean sheets for Arsenal, as well as a winner's medal on his final appearance for the club. The 2014 FA Cup Final also turned out to be the final appearance for Bacary Sagna for Arsenal, as he agreed to join Manchester City upon the completion of his contract.[8] Sagna had an illustrious 7 year period with the club, making 284 appearances for club with the Frenchman becoming an integral part of the Arsenal defence following his transfer from Auxerre. Unfortunately Sagna did have to respond to distaste from some club supporters over the nature of his move to a Premier League rival, citing the move on the need to boost his career as a player, as opposed to the monetary incentives claimed.[9] Furthermore, on 26 June 2014, Arsenal announced that 11 players were to depart the club upon their contract expiration on 30 June 2014. The most notable players leaving that were not previously documented included Nicklas Bendtner who made 169 appearances during his 9 year stint at the club, scoring 47 goals, including the winner against Ipswich Town that took the Gunners to the 2011 League Cup Final and the sole Arsenal goal in a 4–1 loss at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. In addition, Park Chu-Young left the club having made 7 appearances in 3 years that included two year-long loans spells to Celta Vigo and Watford. He scored a single goal for the club in a League Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers. Emiliano Viviano and Kim Källström both departed the club following the expiration of their loan deals, ultimately going back to parent clubs Palermo and Spartak Moscow respectively. Lastly, Real Sociedad confirmed that Arsenal had sold their remaining contractual rights on Carlos Vela for a fee believed to be around £12m.[10][11] This enabled Real Sociedad to have full control over the player, relinquishing any ability for Arsenal to buy Vela for a pre-determined fee.

Alexis Sánchez joined for an undisclosed fee from Barcelona

Amongst the 11 player departures were four reserve-team players after they too reached the end of their current contracts. The most notable departing player was Chuks Aneke whose development was somewhat hindered by the lack of first team action. As a result he joined Zulte Waregem on a Bosman free transfer citing the Belgian style of play as his deciding factor.[12] The remaining players whose contracts were not renewed included Daniel Boateng, Leander Siemann, Zak Ansah and Zach Fagan, the latter two joining Charlton Athletic and Welling United respectively.

Arsenal announced their first signing on the eve of their kit launch with the much anticipated Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez[13] joining the club on a long term contract from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £30m.[14] It was the second largest transfer fee the club had paid for a single player at the time of the transfer and was the marquee signing fans had been calling for. With the ability to play in many positions, manager Wenger praised the added "power, creativity and much quality" the player would add to the squad, with Sánchez himself praising the manager, squad and fan support. A week later, the club announced the signing of French international Mathieu Debuchy[15] from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £12m.[16] He became a direct replacement for the departing Bacary Sagna and in turn was the second signing of the summer transfer window for Arsenal. On 27 July 2014, the club announced the signing of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina[17] from French club Nice for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £3.2m.[18] A replacement for the departing Łukasz Fabiański, he was also signed to compete with Wojciech Szczęsny for the number one spot. He became Arsenal's third first team signing bringing the total money spent above the spendings of the previous season. Shortly afterwards, the club announced their fourth summer addition of promising defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £11m, rising to a potential £16m with performance-related add ons.[19] Although he was brought on promise due his age of 19, he is able to play in the right back, centre back and defensive midfield positions which presented Wenger a risk he was willing to take.[20] Chambers himself said that Arsenal's playing style is what attracted him to the club, as well as the chance to compete with the top sides in Europe.[21]

August[edit]

Arsenal began their season with the Community Shield against Manchester City. The Gunners won the match 3–0, with goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.[22] The trophy was Arsène Wenger's 13th in 17 years of being in charge of Arsenal.[23]

The Premier League began at home for Arsenal in a London derby at home to Crystal Palace. The visitors took the lead through Brede Hangeland's header from a corner in the 35th minute, but Arsenal replied with goals from Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey to make the final scoreline 2–1 to Arsenal.[24]

Arsenal began their European campaign with a trip to Turkey in the Champions League qualifying match against Beşiktaş. Aaron Ramsey was sent-off in a match which ended in a 0-0 draw.[25][26]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Further information: Arsenal F.C. § Players
N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  POL Szczęsny, WojciechWojciech Szczęsny 24 EU 2007 177 0 undisclosed[27] Youth system
2 DF  FRA Debuchy, MathieuMathieu Debuchy 29 EU 2014 14 1 undisclosed £12.0M[16]
3 DF  ENG Gibbs, KieranKieran Gibbs 25 EU 2007 170 5 undisclosed[28] Youth system
4 DF  GER Mertesacker, PerPer Mertesacker 30 EU 2011 152 7 undisclosed[29] £8.0M[30]
6 DF  FRA Koscielny, LaurentLaurent Koscielny 29 EU 2010 183 15 undisclosed[31] £8.5M[32]
7 MF  CZE Rosický, TomášTomáš Rosický 34 EU 2006 235 27 undisclosed[29] £6.8M[33]
8 MF  ESP Arteta, MikelMikel Arteta 32 EU 2011 136 16 2015[34] £10.0M[35]
9 FW  GER Podolski, LukasLukas Podolski 29 EU 2012 82 31 2016[36] £10.9M[37] On loan to Internazionale
10 MF  ENG Wilshere, JackJack Wilshere 23 EU 2008 148 11 2018[38] Youth system
11 MF  GER Özil, MesutMesut Özil 26 EU 2013 51 9 undisclosed[39] £42.5M[40][41][42]
12 FW  FRA Giroud, OlivierOlivier Giroud 28 EU 2012 112 46 undisclosed[43] £12.8M[44]
13 GK  COL Ospina, DavidDavid Ospina 26 Non-EU 2014 5 0 undisclosed[17] £3.2M[18]
14 FW  ENG Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott 25 EU 2006 (Winter) 287 70 undisclosed[45] £9.0M[46]
15 MF  ENG Oxlade-Chamberlain, AlexAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain 21 EU 2011 111 11 undisclosed[47] £12.0M[48]
16 MF  WAL Ramsey, AaronAaron Ramsey 24 EU 2008 207 33 undisclosed[49] £4.8M[50]
17 FW  CHI Sánchez, AlexisAlexis Sánchez 26 Non-EU 2014 32 18 undisclosed[13] £30.0M[14]
18 DF  ESP Monreal, NachoNacho Monreal 28 EU 2013 (Winter) 71 1 undisclosed[51] £8.5M[52]
19 MF  ESP Cazorla, SantiSanti Cazorla 30 EU 2012 126 25 undisclosed[49] £12.0M[53]
20 MF  FRA Flamini, MathieuMathieu Flamini 30 EU 2013 215 10 undisclosed[54] Free[54]
21 DF  ENG Chambers, CalumCalum Chambers 20 EU 2014 29 1 undisclosed[21] £11.0m[19]
22 FW  FRA Sanogo, YayaYaya Sanogo 21 EU 2013 20 1 undisclosed[55] Free[55] On loan to Crystal Palace
23 FW  ENG Welbeck, DannyDanny Welbeck 24 EU 2014 20 7 2019 £16.0M
24 MF  FRA Diaby, AbouAbou Diaby 28 EU 2006 (Winter) 180 19 2015[56] £2.0M[57]
25 DF  ENG Jenkinson, CarlCarl Jenkinson 22 EU 2011 57 1 undisclosed[58] £1.0M[59] On loan to West Ham United
26 GK  ARG Martínez, EmilianoEmiliano Martínez 22 Non-EU 2010 8 0 undisclosed Youth system
27 FW  GER Gnabry, SergeSerge Gnabry 19 EU 2012 19 1 undisclosed[60] Youth system
28 FW  CRI Campbell, JoelJoel Campbell 22 Non-EU 2011 10 0 undisclosed[61] £0.9M[62]
31 FW  JPN Miyaichi, RyoRyo Miyaichi 22 Non-EU 2011 (Winter) 7 0 undisclosed[63] Free On loan to F.C. Twente
34 MF  FRA Coquelin, FrancisFrancis Coquelin 23 EU 2008 53 0 undisclosed[64] Youth system
35 MF  GER Zelalem, GedionGedion Zelalem 18 EU 2013 2 0 undisclosed[49] Youth system
38 FW  ENG Akpom, ChubaChuba Akpom 19 EU 2013 6 0 undisclosed Youth system
39 DF  ESP Bellerín, HéctorHéctor Bellerín 19 EU 2013 11 0 undisclosed Youth system
42 DF  ENG Hayden, IsaacIsaac Hayden 19 EU 2013 2 0 undisclosed Youth system
MF  POL Bielik, KrystianKrystian Bielik 17 EU 2015 (Winter) 0 0 undisclosed[65] £2.5M[65]
  • Last updated: 25 January 2015
  • Source: Arsenal F.C. and footballdatabase.com (for EU passport, country as international player, contract ending and transfer fee)
  • Ordered by squad number.

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 2 September 2014.

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

No. Position Player
37 Nigeria DF Semi Ajayi
43 England GK Ryan Huddart
44 Republic of Macedonia GK Dejan Iliev
45 England FW Alex Iwobi
No. Position Player
46 England MF Jack Jebb
47 Finland MF Glen Kamara
52 England DF Tafari Moore
54 England DF Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

# Position: Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
DF Greece Elias Chatzitheodoridis Greece Mas Kallitheakos Undisclosed 6 June 2014 Academy [66]
MF England Ben Sheaf England West Ham United Undisclosed 2 July 2014 Academy [67]
GK Finland Hugo Keto Finland HJK Helsinki Undisclosed 4 July 2014 Academy [68]
17 FW Chile Alexis Sánchez Spain Barcelona Undisclosed (~ £30,000,000)[14] 10 July 2014 First team [13]
2 DF France Mathieu Debuchy England Newcastle United Undisclosed (~ £12,000,000)[16] 17 July 2014 First team [15]
13 GK Colombia David Ospina France Nice Undisclosed (~ £3,200,000)[18] 27 July 2014 First team [17]
21 DF England Calum Chambers England Southampton Undisclosed (~ £11,000,000)[19] 28 July 2014 First team [21]
23 FW England Danny Welbeck England Manchester United Undisclosed (~ £16,000,000) 2 September 2014 First team [69]
MF Poland Krystian Bielik Poland Legia Warsaw Undisclosed (~ £2,400,000) 21 January 2015 First team [70]

Loans in[edit]

# Position Player Loaned from Date Loan expires Team Source

Total spending: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £72,200,000)

Transfers out[edit]

#[1] Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Team Source
43 DF England Zachari Fagan England Welling United Free transfer (Released) 20 May 2014 Reserves [71][72]
21 GK Poland Łukasz Fabiański Wales Swansea City Free transfer (End of contract)[2] 29 May 2014 First team [73]
39 FW Ghana Zak Ansah England Charlton Athletic Free transfer (Released) 9 June 2014 Reserves [71][74]
3 DF France Bacary Sagna England Manchester City Free transfer (End of contract)[2] 13 June 2014 First team [8]
38 MF England Chuks Aneke Belgium Zulte Waregem Free transfer (Released) 21 June 2014 Reserves [12]
41 DF England Daniel Boateng Free agent Free transfer (Released) 1 July 2014 Reserves [71]
30 FW South Korea Park Chu-Young Saudi Arabia Al Shabab Free transfer (Released) 1 July 2014 First team [71][75]
42 MF Germany Thomas Eisfeld England Fulham Undisclosed 23 July 2014 Reserves [76]
55 DF Germany Leander Siemann Portugal Porto B Free transfer (Released) 2 August 2014 Reserves [71][77]
DF Switzerland Johan Djourou Germany Hamburg Undisclosed (~ £2,500,000)[78] 7 August 2014 First team [79]
5 DF Belgium Thomas Vermaelen Spain Barcelona Undisclosed (~ £15,000,000)[80] 9 August 2014 First team [81]
23 FW Denmark Nicklas Bendtner Germany Wolfsburg Free transfer (Released) 15 August 2014 First team [71][82]
51 DF Spain Ignasi Miquel England Norwich City Undisclosed (~ £1,500,000)[83] 1 September 2014 Reserves [84]
53 MF Sweden Kristoffer Olsson Denmark FC Midtjylland Undisclosed 6 January 2015 Reserves [85]
36 FW England Benik Afobe England Wolverhampton Wanderers Undisclosed 14 January 2015 Reserves [86]
Position Player Rights sold to Rights Fee Date Rights Sold Source
MF Spain Cesc Fàbregas England Chelsea Undisclosed (~ £5,600,000)[87] 13 June 2014 Buy-back option[3] [87][88]
FW Mexico Carlos Vela Spain Real Sociedad Undisclosed (~ £12,000,000)[10] 24 June 2014 Buy-back option[4] [11]
  1. ^ Shirt numbers are according to Arsenal at the time of the player's departure from the club[89][90]
  2. ^ "End of contract" indicates the club had not released the player according to official club rosters provided to the Premier League on 23 May 2014,[91] but had since been unable to agree a new contract with the player, allowing their bosman transfer to another club.
  3. ^ Arsenal reportedly received a fee of £5.6m from the sale of Fàbregas to Chelsea, as the club did not activate the "first-option buy-back" clause to re-sign their former captain from Barcelona.
  4. ^ The sale of the buy-back option meant that Real Sociedad have full control of the player, with Arsenal no longer having a pre-determined fee enabling Vela to rejoin the club

Loans out[edit]

# Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Team Source
58 FW Brazil Wellington Silva Spain Almería 21 July 2014 30 June 2015 Reserves [92]
25 DF England Carl Jenkinson England West Ham United 31 July 2014 30 June 2015 First team [93]
36 FW England Benik Afobe England Milton Keynes Dons 4 August 2014 14 January 2015 Reserves [94][95]
48 FW England Austin Lipman England Boreham Wood 7 August 2014 30 June 2015 Reserves [96]
56 MF Spain Jon Toral England Brentford 15 August 2014 30 June 2015 Reserves [97]
31 FW Japan Ryo Miyaichi Netherlands Twente 1 September 2014 30 June 2015 First team [98]
53 MF Sweden Kristoffer Olsson Denmark FC Midtjylland 2 September 2014 31 December 2014 Reserves [99]
46 MF England Jack Jebb England Stevenage 16 October 2014 17 January 2015 Reserves [100][101]
34 MF France Francis Coquelin England Charlton Athletic 3 November 2014 12 December 2014 First team [102][103][104]
57 GK England Josh Vickers England Concord Rangers 7 November 2014 30 June 2015 Reserves [105][106]
9 FW Germany Lukas Podolski Italy Internazionale 5 January 2015 30 June 2015 First team [107]
GK England Matt Macey England Accrington Stanley 8 January 2015 7 February 2015 Reserves [108]
22 FW France Yaya Sanogo England Crystal Palace 13 January 2015 30 June 2015 First team [109]

Total incoming: Increase Undisclosed (~ £36,600,000)

Overall transfer activity[edit]

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

This is Arsène Wenger's 19th season with Arsenal.
Position Staff
Manager France Arsène Wenger[6]
Assistant manager England Steve Bould
First team coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Boro Primorac
England Neil Banfield
Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton
Fitness coach England Tony Colbert
England Craig Gant
England Andrew Rolls
Physiotherapist England Colin Lewin
England Ben Ashworth
England Declan Lynch
Kit manager England Paul Johnson
England Vic Akers
England Paul Akers
Masseur England Darren Page
England Chris Harvey
England Chris Senior
Performance analyst England Ben Knapper
Head of athletic performance enhancement United States Shad Forsythe
Club doctor Republic of Ireland Gary O'Driscoll
Chief scout England Steve Rowley

Last updated: 1 September 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Puma / Sponsor: Fly Emirates

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

Kit information[edit]

Puma are the new club's kit supplier this season, ending a 20-year partnership with the previous supplier Nike.

  • Home The new home kit, Representing 'Forever' stays true to the traditional red-and-white Arsenal colours that first appeared in 1933. Inspired by the strong and loyal fanbase Arsenal has built over the years, the round-neck shirt has a red body and white sleeves and is paired with white shorts and red-and-white hooped socks. Which is the most distinctive feature of the kit. The hooped socks are inspired by Herbert Chapman, who famously changed the kit in the mid 1930s. The home kit was presented by Mikel Arteta.[110]
  • Away The new away kit, Representing 'Victorious' is the theme of the away shirt, designed in the iconic yellow and navy blue colours worn by Arsenal during some of the most famous Gunners' away victories away, including the FA Cup final in 1971 and 1979 wins, and the title-winning victory at Anfield in 1989. The V-neck shirt features a yellow body with blue sleeves, blue shorts and blue-and-yellow hooped socks. The away kit was presented by Santi Cazorla.[111]
  • Third The new third kit, Representing 'Future' blue and lime green cup kit will be worn by Arsenal away from home in cup competitions, including the Champions League and FA Cup. It symbolises the desire for innovation and progression that has driven the club through its history, and features a button-down collared shirt with blue and sky blue striped panels across the body. The kit also features blue shorts and two-tone blue hooped socks. The third kit was presented by Mathieu Flamini.[112]
  • Keeper The three goalkeeper kit are based on Puma's Statement template, which features a unique all-over print. The home kit is black, while the away kit is green and the third kit is orange.

Other information[edit]

The Emirates Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Premier League.
Chairman England Sir Chips Keswick
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Emirates Stadium (60,355 / 113x76 metres)

Last updated: 30 May 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Key

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

As of 25 January 2015
No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK  POL Wojciech Szczęsny 17 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 25 0
2 DF  FRA Mathieu Debuchy 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 14 1
3 DF  ENG Kieran Gibbs 14 (2) 0 1 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 21 (2) 1
4 DF  GER Per Mertesacker 21 0 1 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 29 1
6 DF  FRA Laurent Koscielny 12 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 18 2
7 MF  CZE Tomáš Rosický 3 (4) 0 2 1 1 0 0 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 6 (8) 2
8 MF  ESP Mikel Arteta 6 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 11 (1) 1
9 FW  GER Lukas Podolski 0 (7) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (4) 3 0 0 2 (11) 3
10 MF  ENG Jack Wilshere 7 (2) 1 0 0 1 0 4 (1) 0 1 0 13 (3) 1
11 MF  GER Mesut Özil 6 (1) 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 (1) 2
12 FW  FRA Olivier Giroud 7 (4) 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 (1) 1 9 (5) 7
13 GK  COL David Ospina 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 4 (1) 0
14 FW  ENG Theo Walcott 0 (4) 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (4) 1
15 MF  ENG Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 16 (5) 1 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 5 (3) 1 0 (1) 0 21 (11) 2
16 MF  WAL Aaron Ramsey 12 (3) 2 1 0 0 0 6 2 1 1 20 (3) 6
17 FW  CHI Alexis Sánchez 20 (1) 12 1 (1) 1 1 1 7 4 1 0 30 (2) 18
18 DF  ESP Nacho Monreal 14 (2) 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 (1) 0 21 (3) 0
19 MF  ESP Santi Cazorla 20 (3) 4 1 0 0 (1) 0 6 (1) 0 1 1 26 (5) 6
20 MF  FRA Mathieu Flamini 15 (2) 0 1 0 0 0 4 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 20 (6) 0
21 DF  ENG Calum Chambers 14 (4) 1 2 0 1 0 6 (1) 0 1 0 24 (5) 1
22 FW  FRA Yaya Sanogo 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 5 (1) 1
23 FW  ENG Danny Welbeck 15 (1) 4 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 19 (1) 7
24 MF  FRA Abou Diaby 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 GK  ARG Emiliano Martínez 3 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 (1) 0
27 FW  GER Serge Gnabry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 FW  CRI Joel Campbell 0 (4) 0 1 0 1 0 1 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 3 (7) 0
34 MF  FRA Francis Coquelin 4 (3) 0 1 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 (4) 0
35 MF  GER Gedion Zelalem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
38 FW  ENG Chuba Akpom 0 (1) 0 0 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (4) 0
39 DF  ESP Héctor Bellerín 4 (2) 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 (2) 0
42 DF  ENG Isaac Hayden 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
70 MF  ENG Ainsley Maitland-Niles 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (3) 0
73 DF  ENG Stefan O'Connor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
MF  POL Krystian Bielik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Source:[113]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 25 January 2015
Place Position Nationality Number Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
1 FW Chile 17 Alexis Sánchez 12 1 1 4 0 18
2 FW France 12 Olivier Giroud 6 0 0 0 1 7
FW England 23 Danny Welbeck 4 0 0 3 0 7
4 MF Spain 19 Santi Cazorla 5 0 0 0 1 6
MF Wales 16 Aaron Ramsey 3 0 0 2 1 6
6 FW Germany 9 Lukas Podolski 0 0 0 3 0 3
7 DF France 6 Laurent Koscielny 2 0 0 0 0 2
MF England 15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1 0 0 1 0 2
MF Germany 11 Mesut Özil 1 1 0 0 0 2
MF Czech Republic 7 Tomáš Rosický 1 1 0 0 0 2
11 MF Spain 8 Mikel Arteta 0 0 0 1 0 1
DF England 21 Calum Chambers 1 0 0 0 0 1
DF France 2 Mathieu Debuchy 1 0 0 0 0 1
DF England 3 Kieran Gibbs 0 0 0 1 0 1
DF Germany 4 Per Mertesacker 0 1 0 0 0 1
FW France 22 Yaya Sanogo 0 0 0 1 0 1
FW England 14 Theo Walcott 0 1 0 1 0 1
MF England 10 Jack Wilshere 1 0 0 0 0 1
Own Goals 1 0 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 39 5 1 16 3 64

Source:[113]

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of 18 January 2015
Number Nationality Position Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
21 England DF Calum Chambers 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 1
2 France DF Mathieu Debuchy 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1
16 Wales MF Aaron Ramsey 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1
1 Poland GK Wojciech Szczęsny 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
12 France FW Olivier Giroud 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
20 France MF Mathieu Flamini 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
10 England MF Jack Wilshere 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
19 Spain MF Santi Cazorla 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
34 France MF Francis Coquelin 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
18 Spain DF Nacho Monreal 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
15 England MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
17 Chile FW Alexis Sánchez 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
3 England DF Kieran Gibbs 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
23 England FW Danny Welbeck 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
8 Spain MF Mikel Arteta 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
39 Spain DF Héctor Bellerín 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
6 France DF Laurent Koscielny 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
4 Germany DF Per Mertesacker 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
11 Germany MF Mesut Özil 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
9 Germany FW Lukas Podolski 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
7 Czech Republic MF Tomáš Rosický 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 41 2 2 0 2 0 14 3 0 0 63 5

Source:[113]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
FA Community Shield Final Winners 10 August 2014
Premier League 5th 16 August 2014
League Cup Third round Third round 23 September 2014 23 September 2014
FA Cup Third round Fifth round 4 January 2015
UEFA Champions League Play-off round Round of 16 19 August 2014

Last updated: 25 January 2015
Source: Competitions

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Last updated: 8 August 2014
Source:Arsenal F.C.

FA Community Shield[edit]

Last updated: 10 August 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
3 Southampton 22 13 3 6 37 16 +21 42 Qualification to Champions League group stage
4 Manchester United 22 11 7 4 36 21 +15 40 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
5 Arsenal 22 11 6 5 39 25 +14 39 Qualification to UEFA Europa League group stage
6 Tottenham Hotspur 22 11 4 7 32 30 +2 37
7 West Ham United 22 10 6 6 35 25 +10 36
Updated to match(es) played on 19 January 2015. Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

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
22 11 6 5 39 25 +14 39 6 3 1 21 10 +11 5 3 4 18 15 +3

Last updated: 18 January 2015.
Source: Premier League

Results by matchday[edit]

Matchday 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 A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A
Result W D D D W D L D W W L L W W L W D W W L W W
Position 1 3 7 7 4 4 8 6 5 4 6 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 5 5

Last updated: 18 January 2015.
Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Last updated: 18 January 2015
Source: Arsenal F.C.
Note: Premier League fixtures not listed due to copyright

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014–15 FA Cup

Last updated: 25 January 2015
Source: Arsenal F.C.

League Cup[edit]

Last updated: 23 September 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Play-off round[edit]

Last updated: 27 August 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DOR ARS AND GAL
1 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 4 1 1 14 4 +10 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–1 4–1
2 England Arsenal 6 4 1 1 15 8 +7 13 2–0 3–3 4–1
3 Belgium Anderlecht 6 1 3 2 8 10 −2 6 Qualification to Europa League 0–3 1–2 2–0
4 Turkey Galatasaray 6 0 1 5 4 19 −15 1 0–4 1–4 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Last updated: 15 December 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Awards[edit]

Arsenal Player of the Month award[edit]

Awarded monthly to the player that was chosen by fan voting on Arsenal.com

Month Player Votes
August England Calum Chambers 34.8%[114]
September Chile Alexis Sánchez 48.8%[115]
October Chile Alexis Sánchez 90.1%[116]
November Chile Alexis Sánchez 74.4%[117]
December Spain Santi Cazorla 52.8%[118]

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