1994–95 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1994–95 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager George Graham (until 22 February)
Stewart Houston (caretaker from 22 February)
Stadium Highbury
Premiership 12th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Quarter–finals
Cup Winners' Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Wright (18)
All: Wright (30)
Average home league attendance 35,330

During the 1994–95 English football season, Arsenal competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

The sacking of long-serving and highly successful manager George Graham following a bungs scandal saw Arsenal endure their most frustrating season in 10 years. They finished 12th in the Premier League - below unfancied London rivals Queens Park Rangers and Wimbledon - and also had to endure the loss of Paul Merson for three months while he underwent treatment to combat drug and gambling addictions.

Graham's assistant Stewart Houston took over as manager until the end of the season, and the changeover coincided with a horrible run of 6 defeats in 7 games, leaving Arsenal in serious danger of being relegated just four years after winning the title and two years after their domestic cup double. Fortunately the team rallied in the final weeks and took 8 points from their final 5 games, securing their Premier League spot. The FA Cup only added to the frustration, as they were embarrassingly knocked out at the first hurdle by London rivals Millwall, though they at least had a comparatively decent League Cup run, losing in the fifth round to eventual winners Liverpool.

Despite their domestic troubles, the team reached the European Cup Winners' Cup final for the second year in succession. With 120 minutes showing on the clock in Paris, a penalty shoot-out was looking certain as Arsenal were drawing 1–1 with Real Zaragoza. But a last minute goal by former Tottenham Hotspur player Nayim from 40 yards out saw the Gunners lose defence of the trophy and it went to the Spaniards instead.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Blackburn Rovers (C) 42 27 8 7 80 39 +41 89 1995–96 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 42 26 10 6 77 28 +49 88 1995–96 UEFA Cup First round
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 11 9 72 43 +29 77
4 Liverpool 42 21 11 10 65 37 +28 74
5 Leeds United 42 20 13 9 59 38 +21 73
6 Newcastle United 42 20 12 10 67 47 +20 72
7 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 14 12 66 58 +8 62
8 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 9 16 61 59 +2 60
9 Wimbledon 42 15 11 16 48 65 −17 56
10 Southampton 42 12 18 12 61 63 −2 54
11 Chelsea 42 13 15 14 50 55 −5 54
12 Arsenal 42 13 12 17 52 49 +3 51
13 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 12 17 49 57 −8 51
14 West Ham United 42 13 11 18 44 48 −4 50
15 Everton 42 11 17 14 44 51 −7 50 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
16 Coventry City 42 12 14 16 44 62 −18 50
17 Manchester City 42 12 13 17 53 64 −11 49
18 Aston Villa 42 11 15 16 51 56 −5 48
19 Crystal Palace (R) 42 11 12 19 34 49 −15 45 Relegation to 1995–96 Football League First Division
20 Norwich City (R) 42 10 13 19 37 54 −17 43
21 Leicester City (R) 42 6 11 25 45 80 −35 29
22 Ipswich Town (R) 42 7 6 29 36 93 −57 27

Updated to games played on 14 May 1995.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Everton qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup winners.
(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
42 13 12 17 52 49  +3 51 6 9 6 27 21  +6 7 3 11 25 28  −3

Last updated: 14 May 1995.
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 39 40 41 42
Ground H A A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A A H H A H A H A H A H H A H A A A H A H H A H H A
Result W L L D D L W L W W W D D L L D D W L D W L L D W D L D W W L L L L W L L W W D D L
Position 2 6 14 13 12 15 14 14 12 11 9 10 10 10 11 12 12 11 11 11 9 13 13 13 11 10 11 12 10 8 9 9 13 14 10 12 12 10 10 10 11 12

Last updated: 14 May 1995.
Source: Competitive Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK David Seaman
2 England DF Lee Dixon
3 England DF Nigel Winterburn
4 England MF Paul Davis
5 England DF Andy Linighan
6 England DF Tony Adams
7 England FW Kevin Campbell
8 England FW Ian Wright
9 England FW Alan Smith
10 England MF Paul Merson
11 Republic of Ireland MF Eddie McGoldrick
12 England DF Steve Bould
13 England GK Vince Bartram
14 England DF Martin Keown
15 Sweden MF Stefan Schwarz
16 Wales FW John Hartson
No. Position Player
17 Denmark MF John Jensen
18 England DF David Hillier
19 England MF Jimmy Carter
21 Northern Ireland MF Steve Morrow
22 England MF Ian Selley
23 England MF Ray Parlour
24 Scotland FW Paul Dickov
25 England MF Mark Flatts
26 England GK Lee Harper
27 Scotland DF Scott Marshall
28 England MF Paul Shaw
29 England MF Stephen Hughes
30 England MF Adrian Clarke
31 England FW Chris Kiwomya
32 Netherlands MF Glenn Helder
33 England DF Gavin McGowan

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
20 Norway MF Pal Lydersen (to IK Start)

Squad statistics[edit]

As of 10 May 1995[2]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England David Seaman 48 0 31 0 2 0 6 0 9 0
2 DF England Lee Dixon 55 1 39 1 2 0 5 0 9 0
3 DF England Nigel Winterburn 55 0 39 0 2 0 5 0 9 0
4 MF England Paul Davis 6 1 3+1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
5 DF England Andy Linighan 27 2 13+7 2 2 0 2 0 3 0
6 DF England Tony Adams 40 4 27 3 0+1 0 4 1 8 0
7 FW England Kevin Campbell 33 5 19+4 4 1+1 0 5 1 1+2 0
8 FW England Ian Wright 45 30 30+1 18 2 0 3 3 9 9
9 FW England Alan Smith 27 4 17+2 2 1 0 3 1 4 1
10 MF England Paul Merson 34 7 24 4 0 0 2 1 8 2
11 MF Republic of Ireland Eddie McGoldrick 18 0 9+2 0 0 0 3+2 0 1+1 0
12 DF England Steve Bould 43 2 30+1 0 1 0 5 0 5+1 2
13 GK England Vince Bartram 12 0 11+0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
14 DF England Martin Keown 43 1 24+7 1 1+1 0 3+2 0 5 0
15 MF Sweden Stefan Schwarz 47 4 34 2 1 0 4 0 8 2
16 FW Wales John Hartson 20 8 14+1 7 0 0 0 0 4+1 1
17 MF Denmark John Jensen 33 1 24 1 2 0 1+1 0 5 0
18 DF England David Hillier 17 0 5+4 0 2 0 2 0 2+2 0
19 MF England Jimmy Carter 3 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF Northern Ireland Steve Morrow 22 2 11+4 1 1 0 1+1 1 0+4 0
22 MF England Ian Selley 17 1 10+3 0 0 0 3 0 1 1
23 MF England Ray Parlour 45 0 22+8 0 2 0 5 0 7+1 0
24 FW Scotland Paul Dickov 13 3 4+5 0 0 0 2+2 3 0 0
25 MF England Mark Flatts 4 0 1+2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF England Paul Shaw 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 MF England Stephen Hughes 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
30 MF England Adrian Clarke 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 FW England Chris Kiwomya 17 3 5+9 3 0 0 0 0 1+2 0
32 MF Netherlands Glenn Helder 13 0 12+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 DF England Gavin McGowan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Matches[edit]

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

First round

Second round

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994–95 FA Cup

League Cup[edit]

References[edit]