1989–90 Arsenal F.C. season

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1989–90 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager George Graham
Stadium Highbury
First Division 4th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Alan Smith (10)

Alan Smith (13)
Highest home attendance 43,483 vs. Queens Park Rangers
(27 January 1990)
Lowest home attendance 26,865 vs. Southampton
(2 May 1990)

The 1989–90 season was Arsenal's 70th consecutive season in the top division of English football. After winning the title the previous season, Arsenal finished fourth in 1989–90, behind champions Liverpool, runners-up Aston Villa and third-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the title challenge.



FA Charity Shield[edit]

As league champions, Arsenal contested the 1989 FA Charity Shield against Liverpool, who beat their local rivals Everton to win the 1989 FA Cup Final. Liverpool won the match on 12 August 1989 by 1-0 with a goal from Peter Beardsley.

Football League First Division[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Arsenal entered the FA Cup in the third round (last 64), in which they were drawn to face Stoke City of the Football League Second Division away from home.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
Scorers Attendance
Third round 6 January 1990 Stoke City A W 1–0 Quinn 23,827
Fourth round 27 January 1990 Queens Park Rangers H D 0–0 43,483
Fourth round replay 31 January 1990 Queens Park Rangers A L 0–2 21,547

Football League Cup[edit]

Arsenal entered the Football League Cup in the second round, where they were drawn against Plymouth Argyle in a two-legged tie.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
Scorers Attendance
Second round
first leg
19 September 1989 Plymouth Argyle H W 2–0 Smith, o.g. 26,865
Second round
second leg
3 October 1989 Plymouth Argyle A W 6–1 Thomas (3), Groves, Smith, o.g. 17,360
Third round 25 October 1989 Liverpool H W 1–0 Smith 40,814
Fourth round 22 November 1989 Oldham Athletic A L 1–3 Quinn 14,924

Squad statistics[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with Arsenal.
Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Charity Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England John Lukic 38 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 46 0

Source: [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Arsenal first team line up (1991–92)". Andy's Arsenal Resource Website. Retrieved 5 April 2013.