List of Arsenal F.C. players

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This article is about Arsenal players with at least 100 appearances. For a list of all Arsenal players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Arsenal F.C. players. For the current Arsenal first-team squad, see Arsenal F.C.#First-team squad.

Arsenal Football Club is an English professional football club based in Holloway, North London. The club's first team has competed in numerous nationally and internationally organised competitions, and all players who have played in 100 or more such matches are listed below.

David O'Leary holds the record for the greatest number of appearances for Arsenal. Between 1975 and 1993 the Irish defender played 722 times for the club.[1] As of 2009, seven other players have made more than 500 appearances for Arsenal, including four of the so-called "famous five" defenders of the 1990s,[2] Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, David Seaman and Nigel Winterburn. The club's goalscoring record is held by Thierry Henry, who scored 228 goals in all competitions between 1999 and 2007 and during a loan spell with the club in 2012.[3] He surpassed the previous record of 185 goals, held by Ian Wright, in 2005,[4] and became the first player to score 200 goals for Arsenal the following year.[5]

Key[edit]

Playing positions[edit]

GK Goalkeeper RB Right back RW Right winger DF Defender
IF Inside forward LB Left back LW Left winger CB Centre back
FW Forward FB Full back W Winger MF Midfielder
ST Striker WH Wing half AM Attacking midfielder CM Central midfielder

Players[edit]

Tony Adams, who lies second in the all time appearance list with 668. He was also captain from 1988 to 2002
Nicknamed "The Romford Pelé", Ray Parlour has 464 appearances
Seen here during his time with Portsmouth, Paul Merson has 423 appearances
Dennis Bergkamp has more appearances than any other overseas player
Patrick Vieira was captain from 2002 to 2005
Frank McLintock made 403 appearances for the Gunners
Kenny Sansom preceded Tony Adams as captain, holding the post until 1988
Record goalscorer Thierry Henry, who was also captain from 2005 to 2007
Percy Sands made 350 appearances in the early years, when the team was known as Woolwich Arsenal
Another early player, Joe Shaw made 326 appearances
Kolo Touré made 326 appearances for the Arsenal
Bob Wilson made 234 appearances for the club in the 1960s and 70s
Cesc Fàbregas the Gunners' youngest ever goalscorer and captain from 2008 to 2011
William Gallas was Arsenal captain from 2006 to 2008
Mikel Arteta is the current captain of Arsenal
Theo Walcott has the most appearances and goals in the current squad
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the most recent player to have achieved the 100 games milestone


As of 13 December 2014[6]
Name Nationality Position Arsenal career Appearances Goals
Crawford, GavinGavin Crawford  Scotland RW/MF 1891–1898 138 18
Davis, FredFred Davis  England MF 1893–1899 150 10
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson  England MF 1896–1903 153 11
Dick, JohnJohn Dick  Scotland MF 1898–1912 284 13
McNichol, DuncanDuncan McNichol  Scotland RB/LB 1899–1903 112 1
Jackson, JimmyJimmy Jackson  Scotland LB/MF 1899–1905 204 1
Cross, ArchieArchie Cross  England RB/LB 1900–1910 149 0
Ashcroft, JimmyJimmy Ashcroft  England GK 1900–1908 303 0
Briercliffe, TommyTommy Briercliffe  England RW 1901–1905 133 34
Gooing, BillBill Gooing  England FW 1901–1905 106 48
Coleman, TimTim Coleman  England FW 1902–1908 196 84
McEachrane, RoddyRoddy McEachrane  Scotland MF 1902–1915 346 0
Sands, PercyPercy Sands  England CB 1902–1919 350 12
Gray, ArchieArchie Gray  Scotland RB 1904–1912 200 0
Neave, DavidDavid Neave  Scotland LW 1904–1912 168 32
Satterthwaite, CharlieCharlie Satterthwaite  England FW 1904–1910 141 48
Ducat, AndyAndy Ducat  England MF 1905–1912 188 21
Sharp, JimmyJimmy Sharp  Scotland LB 1905–1908 116 5
McDonald, HughHugh McDonald  Scotland GK 1906
1908–1910
1912–1913
103 0
Lewis, CharlesCharles Lewis  England FW 1907–1920 220 34
Shaw, JoeJoe Shaw  England LB 1907–1923 326 0
Greenaway, DavidDavid Greenaway  Scotland RW 1908–1921 170 13
McKinnon, AngusAngus McKinnon  Scotland MF 1908–1922 217 4
Flanagan, PatPat Flanagan  England FW 1910–1917 121 28
Graham, AlexAlex Graham  Scotland CB/LB 1911–1924 179 20
Rutherford, JockJock Rutherford  England RW 1913–1923
1923–1926[7]
232 27
Blyth, BillyBilly Blyth  Scotland MF 1914–1929 343 51
Bradshaw, FrankFrank Bradshaw  England LB/MF 1914–1923 142 14
Butler, JackJack Butler  England CB 1914–1930 296 8
Hutchins, ArthurArthur Hutchins  England LB 1919–1923 108 1
White, HenryHenry White  England FW 1919–1923 109 45
Toner, JoeJoe Toner  Northern Ireland LW 1919–1926 100 6
Williamson, ErnestErnest Williamson  England GK 1919–1923 113 0
Baker, AlfAlf Baker  England MF 1919–1931 351 26
Mackie, AlecAlec Mackie  Northern Ireland RB 1921–1926 118 1
Milne, BillyBilly Milne  Scotland MF 1921–1927 124 3
Robson, JockJock Robson  Scotland GK 1921–1925 101 0
John, BobBob John  Wales MF 1922–1937 470 13
Kennedy, AndyAndy Kennedy  Northern Ireland LB 1922–1928 129 0
Brain, JimmyJimmy Brain  England FW 1924–1931 232 139
Hoar, SidneySidney Hoar  England LW 1924–1929 117 18
Lewis, DanDan Lewis  Wales GK 1924–1931 167 0
Buchan, CharlieCharlie Buchan  England FW 1925–1928 120 56
Hulme, JoeJoe Hulme  England RW 1926–1937 374 125
Lambert, JackJack Lambert  England FW 1926–1933 161 109
Parker, TomTom Parker  England RB 1926–1932 294 17
Roberts, HerbieHerbie Roberts  England CB 1926–1937 335 5
Hapgood, EddieEddie Hapgood  England LB 1927–1939 440 2
Jack, DavidDavid Jack  England MF 1928–1934 208 124
Jones, CharlieCharlie Jones  Wales LW/MF 1928–1934 195 8
Bastin, CliffCliff Bastin  England LW 1929–1947 396 178
James, AlexAlex James  Scotland MF 1929–1937 261 27
Compton, LeslieLeslie Compton  England CB 1930–1950 273 6
Male, GeorgeGeorge Male  England RB 1930–1948 318 0
Moss, FrankFrank Moss  England GK 1931–1936 161 1
Bowden, RayRay Bowden  England FW 1933–1937 138 48
Copping, WilfWilf Copping  England MF 1934–1939 189 0
Crayston, JackJack Crayston  England MF 1934–1939 187 17
Drake, TedTed Drake  England FW 1934–1939 184 139
Kirchen, AlfAlf Kirchen  England RW 1935–1939 101 45
Lewis, RegReg Lewis  England FW 1935–1953 176 118
Swindin, GeorgeGeorge Swindin  England GK 1936–1953 297 0
Barnes, WalleyWalley Barnes  Wales RB/LB 1946–1955 294 12
Logie, JimmyJimmy Logie  Scotland MF 1946–1955 328 76
McPherson, IanIan McPherson  Scotland RW/LW 1946–1951 163 21
Mercer, JoeJoe Mercer  England MF 1946–1954 275 2
Scott, LaurieLaurie Scott  England RB 1946–1951 126 0
Macaulay, ArchieArchie Macaulay  Scotland MF 1947–1950 108 1
Roper, DonDon Roper  England FW 1947–1956 321 95
Forbes, AlexAlex Forbes  Scotland MF 1948–1956 240 20
Lishman, DougDoug Lishman  England FW 1948–1955 244 137
Smith, LionelLionel Smith  England LB 1948–1954 181 0
Goring, PeterPeter Goring  England FW/MF 1949–1959 240 53
Kelsey, JackJack Kelsey  Wales GK 1949–1962 352 0
Holton, CliffCliff Holton  England FW/MF 1950–1958 217 88
Bowen, DaveDave Bowen  Wales MF 1951–1959 162 2
Evans, DennisDennis Evans  England LB 1951–1960 207 12
Dodgin, BillBill Dodgin  England CB 1953–1960 207 1
Wills, LenLen Wills  England RB 1953–1961 208 4
Bloomfield, JimmyJimmy Bloomfield  England FW 1954–1960 227 56
Clapton, DannyDanny Clapton  England RW 1954–1962 225 27
Haverty, JoeJoe Haverty  Ireland LW 1954–1961 122 26
Tapscott, DerekDerek Tapscott  Wales MF 1954–1958 132 68
Charlton, StanStan Charlton  England RB 1955–1958 110 3
Groves, VicVic Groves  England MF 1955–1964 203 37
Herd, DavidDavid Herd  Scotland FW 1955–1961 180 107
Barnwell, JohnJohn Barnwell  England MF 1957–1964 151 24
Henderson, JackieJackie Henderson  Scotland FW 1958–1961 111 29
McCullough, BillyBilly McCullough  Northern Ireland LB 1958–1966 268 5
Magill, EddieEddie Magill  Northern Ireland RB/LB 1959–1965 131 0
Eastham, GeorgeGeorge Eastham  England FW 1960–1966 223 41
Neill, TerryTerry Neill  Northern Ireland CB 1960–1970 275 10
Skirton, AlanAlan Skirton  England RW 1960–1966 154 54
Strong, GeoffGeoff Strong  England FW 1960–1964 137 77
Brown, LaurieLaurie Brown  England CB 1961–1963 109 2
MacLeod, JohnnyJohnny MacLeod  Scotland RW 1961–1964 112 28
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong  England RW/LW 1962–1977 621 68
Baker, JoeJoe Baker  England FW 1962–1966 156 100
Court, DavidDavid Court  England MF 1962–1970 204 18
Furnell, JimJim Furnell  England GK 1963–1968 167 0
Sammels, JonJon Sammels  England MF 1963–1971 270 52
Ure, IanIan Ure  Scotland CB 1963–1969 202 2
Wilson, BobBob Wilson  Scotland GK 1963–1974 308 0
McLintock, FrankFrank McLintock  Scotland CB/MF 1964–1973 403 32
Radford, JohnJohn Radford  England FW 1964–1976 481 149
Simpson, PeterPeter Simpson  England CB 1964–1978 477 15
Storey, PeterPeter Storey  England RB/MF 1965–1977 501 17
Graham, GeorgeGeorge Graham  Scotland FW 1966–1972 308 77
McNab, BobBob McNab  England LB 1966–1975 365 6
Rice, PatPat Rice  Northern Ireland RB 1967–1980 528 13
George, CharlieCharlie George  England FW 1969–1975 179 49
Kelly, EddieEddie Kelly  Scotland MF 1969–1975 222 19
Kennedy, RayRay Kennedy  England FW 1969–1974 212 71
Nelson, SammySammy Nelson  Northern Ireland LB 1969–1981 339 12
Ball, AlanAlan Ball  England MF 1971–1976 217 52
Brady, LiamLiam Brady  Ireland MF 1973–1980 307 59
Price, DavidDavid Price  England MF 1973–1981 176 19
Rimmer, JimmyJimmy Rimmer  England GK 1974–1977 146 0
O'Leary, DavidDavid O'Leary  Ireland CB 1973–1993 722 14
Stapleton, FrankFrank Stapleton  Ireland FW 1975–1981 300 108
Devine, JohnJohn Devine  Ireland RB 1976–1983 111 0
Macdonald, MalcolmMalcolm Macdonald  England FW 1976–1979 108 57
Jennings, PatPat Jennings  Northern Ireland GK 1977–1984 327 0
Rix, GrahamGraham Rix  England LW 1977–1988 464 51
Sunderland, AlanAlan Sunderland  England FW 1977–1983 281 92
Young, WillieWillie Young  Scotland CB 1977–1981 237 19
Hollins, JohnJohn Hollins  England MF 1979–1983 172 13
Talbot, BrianBrian Talbot  England MF 1979–1985 327 49
Davis, PaulPaul Davis  England MF 1980–1994 447 37
Sansom, KennyKenny Sansom  England LB 1980–1988 394 6
Robson, StewartStewart Robson  England MF 1981–1986 186 21
Whyte, ChrisChris Whyte  England CB 1981–1985 113 8
Woodcock, TonyTony Woodcock  England FW 1982–1986 169 68
Adams, TonyTony Adams  England CB 1983–2002 668 48
Allinson, IanIan Allinson  England MF 1983–1987 105 23
Nicholas, CharlieCharlie Nicholas  Scotland FW 1983–1987 184 54
Anderson, VivViv Anderson  England RB 1984–1987 150 15
Williams, SteveSteve Williams  England MF 1984–1988 121 5
Lukic, JohnJohn Lukic  England GK 1984–1990
1996–2001
298 0
Hayes, MartinMartin Hayes  England LW 1985–1990 132 34
Rocastle, DavidDavid Rocastle  England MF 1985–1992 277 34
Keown, MartinMartin Keown  England CB 1985–1986
1993–2004
449 8
Groves, PerryPerry Groves  England RW 1986–1992 203 28
Merson, PaulPaul Merson  England FW/RW 1986–1997 423 99
Smith, AlanAlan Smith  England FW 1987–1995 347 115
Richardson, KevinKevin Richardson  England MF 1987–1990 121 8
Thomas, MichaelMichael Thomas  England MF 1987–1991 208 30
Bould, SteveSteve Bould  England CB 1988–1999 369 22
Campbell, KevinKevin Campbell  England FW 1988–1995 228 59
Dixon, LeeLee Dixon  England RB 1988–2002 618 28
Winterburn, NigelNigel Winterburn  England LB 1988–2000 584 12
Hillier, DavidDavid Hillier  England MF 1990–1996 142 2
Limpar, AndersAnders Limpar  Sweden LW 1990–1994 116 20
Linighan, AndyAndy Linighan  England CB 1990–1996 156 8
Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman  England GK 1990–2003 563 0
Wright, IanIan Wright  England FW 1991–1998 288 185
Jensen, JohnJohn Jensen  Denmark MF 1992–1996 138 1
Parlour, RayRay Parlour  England MF 1992–2004 464 32
Bergkamp, DennisDennis Bergkamp  Netherlands FW 1995–2006 423 120
Platt, DavidDavid Platt  England MF 1995–1998 108 15
Vieira, PatrickPatrick Vieira  France MF 1996–2005 407 33
Grimandi, GillesGilles Grimandi  France CB/MF 1997–2002 169 6
Overmars, MarcMarc Overmars  Netherlands LW 1997–2000 143 41
Petit, EmmanuelEmmanuel Petit  France MF 1997–2000 118 11
Ljungberg, FreddieFreddie Ljungberg  Sweden RW 1998–2007 328 72
Cole, AshleyAshley Cole  England LB 1999–2006 228 9
Henry, ThierryThierry Henry  France FW 1999–2007
2012
377 228
Kanu, NwankwoNwankwo Kanu  Nigeria FW 1999–2004 197 44
Luzhny, OlegOleg Luzhny  Ukraine RB 1999–2003 110 0
Wiltord, SylvainSylvain Wiltord  France FW 2000–2004 176 49
Pires, RobertRobert Pires  France LW 2000–2006 284 84
Lauren, Lauren  Cameroon RB 2000–2007 241 9
Campbell, SolSol Campbell  England CB 2001–2006
2010
211 12
Edu, Edu  Brazil MF 2001–2005 127 15
Silva, GilbertoGilberto Silva  Brazil MF 2002–2008 245 24
Touré, KoloKolo Touré  Ivory Coast CB 2002–2009 326 14
Lehmann, JensJens Lehmann  Germany GK 2003–2008
2011
200 0
Fàbregas, CescCesc Fàbregas  Spain MF 2003–2011 303 57
Clichy, GaëlGaël Clichy  France LB 2003–2011 264 2
Senderos, PhilippePhilippe Senderos   Switzerland CB 2003–2010 117 4
Almunia, ManuelManuel Almunia  Spain GK 2004–2012 175 0
Antonio Reyes, JoséJosé Antonio Reyes  Spain FW 2004–2007 110 23
van Persie, RobinRobin van Persie  Netherlands FW 2004–2012 278 132
Flamini, MathieuMathieu Flamini  France MF 2004–2008
2013–
210 10
Djourou, JohanJohan Djourou   Switzerland CB 2004–2014 144 1
Eboué, EmmanuelEmmanuel Eboué  Ivory Coast RB 2005–2011 214 10
Hleb, AlexanderAlexander Hleb  Belarus MF 2005–2008 130 10
Bendtner, NicklasNicklas Bendtner  Denmark FW 2005–2014 171 47
Song, AlexandreAlexandre Song  Cameroon MF 2005–2012 204 10
Adebayor, EmmanuelEmmanuel Adebayor  Togo FW 2006–2009 142 62
Gallas, WilliamWilliam Gallas  France CB 2006–2010 142 17
Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott  England RW/FW 2006– 283 69
Diaby, AbouAbou Diaby  France MF 2006– 180 19
Rosický, TomášTomáš Rosický  Czech Republic MF 2006– 229 25
Denílson, Denílson  Brazil MF 2006–2013 153 10
Sagna, BacaryBacary Sagna  France RB 2007–2014 284 5
Gibbs, KieranKieran Gibbs  England LB 2007– 165 5
Ramsey, AaronAaron Ramsey  Wales MF 2008– 205 33
Nasri, SamirSamir Nasri  France MF 2008–2011 125 27
Wilshere, JackJack Wilshere  England MF 2008– 148 11
Arshavin, AndreyAndrey Arshavin  Russia MF 2009–2013 144 31
Vermaelen, ThomasThomas Vermaelen  Belgium CB 2009–2014 150 15
Szczesny, WojciechWojciech Szczesny  Poland GK 2009– 172 0
Koscielny, LaurentLaurent Koscielny  France CB 2010– 178 14
Oxlade-Chamberlain, AlexAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain  England MF 2011– 105 11
Mertesacker, PerPer Mertesacker  Germany CB 2011– 145 6
Arteta, MikelMikel Arteta  Spain MF 2011– 136 16
Giroud, OlivierOlivier Giroud  France FW 2012– 107 44
Cazorla, SantiSanti Cazorla  Spain MF 2012– 119 23

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Rutherford left Arsenal to join Stoke in March 1923, but returned six months later.