List of Arsenal F.C. records and statistics

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Thierry Henry, Arsenal's top goalscorer with 228 goals.

Arsenal Football Club is an English professional football club based in Holloway, North London. The club was founded under the name Dial Square in 1886 by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, and renamed Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards.[1]

After turning professional in 1891 the club changed its name once again, this time to Woolwich Arsenal.[2] The club entered English football's premier knockout tournament, the FA Cup, for the first time in the 1889–90 season,[3] and joined the Football League four years later.[4] In 1913 the club relocated away from Woolwich to the new Arsenal Stadium in Highbury, and a year later shortened its name to Arsenal.[5]

The list encompasses the major honours won by Arsenal, records set by the club, their managers and their players.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Winners (13): 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1947–48, 1952–53, 1970–71, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
Runners-up (8): 1925–26, 1931–32, 1972–73, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05
Runners-up (1): 1903–04
Winners (11): 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014.
Runners-up (7): 1927, 1932, 1952, 1972, 1978, 1980, 2001
Winners (2): 1987, 1993
Runners-up (5): 1968, 1969, 1988, 2007, 2011
Winners (13): 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014
Runners-up (7): 1935, 1936, 1979, 1989, 1993, 2003, 2005
Winners (1): 1988–89

European[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2005–06
Winners (1): 1993–94
Runners-up (2): 1979–80, 1994–95
Winners (1): 1969–70
Runners-up (1): 1999-00
Runners-up (1): 1994

Doubles[edit]

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive matches only, includes appearances as substitute. Numbers in brackets indicate goals scored.

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
1 Republic of Ireland O'Leary, DavidDavid O'Leary 1975–1993 558 0(11) 70 0(1) 70 0(2) 21 0(0) 3 (0) 722 0(14)
2 England Adams, TonyTony Adams 1983–2002 504 0(32) 54 0(8) 59 0(5) 48 0(3) 4 (0) 669 0(48)
3 England Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 1961–1977 500 0(53) 60 (10) 35 0(3) 26 0(2) 0 (0) 621 0(68)
4 England Dixon, LeeLee Dixon 1988–2002 458 0(25) 54 0(1) 45 0(0) 57 0(2) 5 (0) 619 0(28)
5 England Winterburn, NigelNigel Winterburn 1987–2000 440 00(8) 47 0(0) 49 0(3) 43 0(1) 5 (0) 584 0(12)
6 England Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman 1990–2003 405 00(0) 48 0(0) 38 0(0) 69 0(0) 4 (0) 564 00(0)
7 Northern Ireland Rice, PatPat Rice 1964–1980 397 0(12) 67 0(1) 36 0(0) 27 0(0) 1 (0) 528 0(13)
8 England Storey, PeterPeter Storey 1965–1977 391 00(9) 51 0(4) 37 0(2) 22 0(2) 0 (0) 501 0(17)
9 England Radford, JohnJohn Radford 1964–1976 379 (111) 44 (15) 34 (12) 24 (11) 0 (0) 481 (149)
10 England Simpson, PeterPeter Simpson 1964–1978 370 0(10) 53 0(1) 33 0(3) 21 0(1) 0 (0) 477 0(15)

Goalscorers[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Competitive matches only. Numbers in brackets indicate appearances made.

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
1 France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry 1999–2007 & 2012 176 (258) 08 (26) 02 0(3) 42 (85) 1 (4) 228 (376)
2 England Wright, IanIan Wright 1991–1998 128 (221) 12 (16) 29 (29) 15 (21) 1 (1) 185 (288)
3 England Bastin, CliffCliff Bastin 1929–1947 150 (350) 26 (42) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 2 (4) 178 (396)
4 England Radford, JohnJohn Radford 1964–1976 111 (379) 15 (44) 12 (34) 11 (24) 0 (0) 149 (481)
5 England Drake, TedTed Drake 1934–1945 124 (168) 12 (14) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 3 (2) 139 (184)
6 England Brain, JimmyJimmy Brain 1923–1931 125 (204) 14 (27) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 0 (1) 139 (232)
7 England Lishman, DougDoug Lishman 1948–1956 125 (226) 10 (17) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 2 (1) 137 (244)
8 Netherlands van Persie, RobinRobin van Persie 2004–2012 096 (193) 10 (17) 06 (12) 20 (53) 0 (2) 132 (278)
9 England Hulme, JoeJoe Hulme 1926–1938 107 (333) 17 (39) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 1 (2) 125 (374)
10 England Jack, DavidDavid Jack 1928–1934 113 (181) 10 (25) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 1 (2) 124 (208)

International[edit]

NB Cesc Fàbregas has subsequently won a medal at 2010 FIFA World Cup. Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski all won winners' medals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2007, George Eastham was retrospectively awarded a medal for being a non-playing member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning side.[14] Alan Ball, Thierry Henry, Robert Pirès and Gilberto Silva have also won World Cup winners' medals, but not while with Arsenal.
NB Cesc Fàbregas has subsequently won a medal at Euro 2008. John Jensen, Santi Cazorla, Robert Pirès and Sylvain Wiltord have also won European Championship winners' medals, but not while with Arsenal.[15]

Transfers[edit]

For consistency, fees in the record transfer tables below are all sourced from the Evening Standard's contemporary reports of each transfer. Where the report mentions an initial fee potentially rising to a higher figure depending on contractual clauses being satisfied in the future, only the initial fee is listed in the tables.

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

# Fee Paid to For Date Notes Ref
1 £42.5m Real Madrid  GER Mesut Özil 2 September 2013 [16]
2 £31.7m Barcelona  CHI Alexis Sánchez 10 July 2014 [17]
3 £17m Manchester United  ENG Danny Welbeck 1 September 2014 [18]
4 £13m Bordeaux  FRA Sylvain Wiltord 26 August 2000 [19]
5 £12m Zenit St. Petersburg  RUS Andrei Arshavin 3 February 2009 A further £3m in add-ons. [20]

Record transfer fees received[edit]

# Fee Received from For Date Notes Ref
1 £29.8m Barcelona  ESP Cesc Fàbregas 15 August 2011 A further £5.3m in add-ons. [21]
2 £25m Barcelona  NED Marc Overmars 28 July 2000 [22]
= £25m Manchester City  TOG Emmanuel Adebayor 19 July 2009 [23]
4 £23.5m Real Madrid  FRA Nicolas Anelka 2 August 1999 [24]
5 £22.5m Manchester United  NED Robin Van Persie 15 August 2012 [25]

Managerial records[edit]

  • First full-time manager: Thomas Mitchell – Mitchell was manager of Arsenal for 1-year
  • Longest-serving manager: Arsène Wenger17 years, 351 days (1 October 1996 to present)

Club records[edit]

Matches[edit]

Firsts[edit]

Record wins[edit]

Arsenal beat Clapton Orient 15–2 in a wartime cup tie on 8 February 1941, but this is not counted as an official first-class match.[32][33]
  • Record Premier League win:[31]
7–0 against Everton, 11 May 2005
7–0 against Middlesbrough, 14 January 2006
7–0 against Standard Liège, Cup Winners' Cup, 3 November 1993
7–0 against Slavia Prague, Champions League, 23 October 2007

Record defeats[edit]

0–6 against Sunderland, 21 January 1893
0–6 against Derby County, 28 January 1899
0–6 against West Ham United, 5 January 1946

Record consecutive results[edit]

  • Most consecutive wins overall: 14 (12 September to 11 November 1987)[36]
  • Most consecutive league wins: 14 (10 February to 18 August 2002)[36][37]
  • Most consecutive wins coming from behind: 4 (11 February – 12 March 2012)
  • Most consecutive draws: 6 (3 March – 1 April 1961)[36]
  • Most consecutive losses overall: 8 (12 February to 12 March 1977)[36]
  • Most consecutive league losses: 7 (12 February to 12 March 1977)[36]
  • Most consecutive matches unbeaten: 28 (9 April 2007 to 24 November 2007)[36]
  • Most consecutive matches unbeaten in the league: 49 (7 May 2003 to 16 October 2004)[36]

Goals[edit]

Points[edit]

  • Most points in a league season:
    • Two points for a win: 66 (in 42 matches in 1930–31, First Division)[41]
    • Three points for a win: 90 (in 38 matches in 2003–04, Premier League)[42]
  • Fewest points in a League season:
    • Two points for a win: 18 (in 38 matches in 1912–13, First Division)[39]
    • Three points for a win: 51 (in 42 matches in 1994–95, Premier League)

Attendances[edit]

Only competitive first-team matches are considered.

National records[edit]

Arsenal hold many English football records, including:

  • Most consecutive seasons in the top flight: 93 (record ongoing since 1919, though no League football was played due to war between 1939 and 1946)[45]
  • Longest unbeaten sequence in the top flight: 49 (7 May 2003 – 16 October 2004)[46]
    • This includes the entire 2003–04 season unbeaten in the League (38 matches), with the side known as The Invincibles as a result.
  • Longest unbeaten away sequence in league football: 27 (5 April 2003 – 25 September 2004)[36]
  • Most consecutive league wins: 14 (10 February 2002 and 24 August 2002) (other teams also achieved 14 wins but not in the top flight)[37]
  • Most consecutive league titles: 3 (1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34) (joint record with 3 other clubs).[47]
  • Most consecutive scoring league games in league football: 55 (19 May 2001 – 30 November 2002)[36]
  • Most consecutive scoring away matches: 27 (19 May 2001 – 23 November 2002)[48]
  • Most away goals scored in a league season: 60 (1930–31)[49]
  • Most goals by a top flight league winners: 127 (1930–31)
  • Most goals by a single player in a top flight game: 7, Ted Drake for Arsenal v Aston Villa (away), 14 Dec 1935[50]
  • Highest scoring draw in English football: – 6–6 away v Leicester City (21 April 1930)[51]
  • Highest scoring League Cup game: Reading 5-7 Arsenal, fourth round, 30 October 2012.[52]
  • Most players from one club in an England starting line-up: 7 (14 November 1934 v. Italy – the so-called "Battle of Highbury")[53]
  • Youngest player to play for England: Theo Walcott, 17 years 75 days (30 May 2006, England v. Hungary)[54]
  • Highest attendance in League football: 83,260 (Manchester United v. Arsenal, at Maine Road, First Division, 17 January 1948)
NB All of the top three attendances in league football occurred at Arsenal games.[55]
  • Most FA Cup wins: 11 (joint record with Manchester United).[56]
  • Most FA Cup final appearances: 18 (joint record with Manchester United).[57]
  • Most league and cup doubles – 3 (joint record with Manchester United)[58]
  • First team to win FA Cup and League Cup double: 1993[59]
  • Most FA Cup and League Cup doubles: 1 (joint record with Liverpool and Chelsea)[60]

European statistics[edit]

Global records[edit]

  • First team to use shirt numbers during a game: 1927[61]
  • First team to play a match broadcast live on radio: v Sheffield United, 22 January 1927[62]
  • First team to play a match broadcast live on television: v Arsenal Reserves, 16 September 1937[63]
  • First team to play a match broadcast live in 3D: v Manchester United, 31 January 2010[64]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Unusually, Arsenal were forced to play two matches on the same day on 12 December 1896; while the first team took on Loughborough in the League, the reserves played Leyton in the FA Cup. The irony is that the reserves won handsomely, 5–0 , whilst the seniors suffered Arsenal's record League defeat. Additionally, Arsenal lost 0–9 to Chelsea in a wartime London Combination match on 21 April 1916, but this is not counted as an official first-class match.
  2. ^ Arsenal were given permission by The Football Association to play their home Champions League games at Wembley Stadium. As Highbury was limited to 38,000, the club explored possible ways to increase crowd capacity for home games, later coming to a consensus of constructing a new stadium. Wembley hosted Champions League matches in 1998–99 and 1999–2000 before Arsenal switched back to Highbury for the 2000–01 season.[43]

References[edit]

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  50. ^ GGM 38: Ted Drake scores seven in one game | News Archive | News | Arsenal.com
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References[edit]

  • Soar, Phil & Tyler, Martin (2005). The Official Illustrated History of Arsenal. Hamlyn. ISBN 0-600-61344-5. 
  • "Club Records". Arsenal.com. Retrieved 16 April 2006.