2006–07 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
2006–07 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 4th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Runners-up
UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Robin van Persie (11)
All:
Robin van Persie (13)
Highest home attendance 60,128 (vs. Manchester United, 21 January 2007)
Lowest home attendance 56,761 (vs. Blackburn Rovers, 17 February 2007)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2006–07 season was the 109th season of competitive football played by Arsenal. It was the first season in which home matches were played at the over-60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium; the club's former ground Highbury was to be redeveloped as a residential development. Arsenal ended their Premier League campaign in fourth, level on points with third-placed Liverpool but with a marginally lower goal difference. In the League Cup, a competition which offered manager Arsène Wenger the chance to play his younger players, Arsenal reached the final but lost to a relatively experienced Chelsea side. The defeat was followed by exits in the FA Cup to Blackburn Rovers and in the UEFA Champions League to PSV Eindhoven.

Twenty-eight different players represented Arsenal in four competitions and there were 18 different goalscorers. Arsenal's top goalscorer was Robin van Persie, who scored 13 goals in 31 appearances.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Type
Moving from
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
17 DM Song Non-EU Cameroon 18 Transferred Green tickY BastiaFrance Summer Undisclosed £1M BBC
7 AM Rosický EU Czech Republic 25 Transferred Green tickY Borussia DortmundGermany Summer Undisclosed Undisclosed BBC
9 AM Baptista Non-EU Brazil 24 Loan Green tickY Real MadridSpain Summer May 2007 N/A BBC
10 CB Gallas EU France 29 Swap Green tickY Chelsea Summer Undisclosed Free
Swap
BBC
15 MF Denílson Non-EU Brazil 18 Transferred Green tickY São Paulo Brazil Summer Undisclosed £3.4M BBC

Out[edit]

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Status
Moving to
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
10 SS Bergkamp EU Netherlands 37 Retired Green tickY BBC
7 AM Pirès EU France 32 Transferred Green tickY Villarreal Summer Free BBC
MF Smith EU England 19 Transferred Green tickY Derby County Summer Undisclosed BBC
29 MF Larsson EU Sweden 21 Loaned out Green tickY Birmingham City Summer N/A BBC
23 CB Campbell EU England 31 Transferred Green tickY Portsmouth Summer Free BBC
CF Lupoli EU Italy 19 Loaned out Green tickY Derby County Summer N/A BBC
18 DF Cygan EU France 32 Transferred Green tickY Villarreal Summer £2M BBC
9 MF Reyes EU Spain 22 Loaned out Green tickY Real MadridSpain Summer N/A (Included in Baptista transfer) BBC
3 LB Cole EU England 25 Transferred Green tickY Chelsea Summer £5M + Gallas BBC
FW Stokes EU Republic of Ireland 18 Transferred Green tickY Sunderland Winter £2M BBC
12 RB Lauren Non-EU Cameroon 29 Transferred Green tickY Portsmouth Winter £0.5M BBC
17 DM Song Non-EU Cameroon 19 Loaned out Green tickY Charlton Athletic Winter N/A BBC
29 MF Larsson EU Sweden 21 Transferred Green tickY Birmingham City Winter £1M BBC

Last updated: 2 August 2008
EU = if holds or not a European Union passport; Country: when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; N = number on jersey; P = Position (for position name, pause mouse pointer on abbreviation); Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on name); Age = age on the day of the signing; Moving from = only indicate the club the player was playing before start playing for this club in this season, for the type of the moving see Status column; Moving to = only indicates the club the player is going to play next, for the type of the moving see Status column; Ends = when the player's current contract ends; n/a = Not applicable.

Premier League[edit]

Matches[edit]

Classification[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 5 5 83 27 +56 89 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 24 11 3 64 24 +40 83
3 Liverpool 38 20 8 10 57 27 +30 68 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38 19 11 8 63 35 +28 68

Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(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
38 19 11 8 63 35  +28 68 12 6 1 43 16  +27 7 5 7 20 19  +1

Last updated: 2 Aug 2008.
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
Ground H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A A H H A A H A H A H H A A A H A H H A H H A
Result D L D W W W W W D L W D L L W D W D W W L W W W D W W W L L L D W W D W D D

Last updated: 2 Aug 2008.
Source: Arsenal F.C.
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group G
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Arsenal 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11
Portugal Porto 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11
Russia CSKA Moscow 6 2 2 2 4 5 −1 8
Germany Hamburg 6 1 0 5 7 15 −8 3

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006–07 FA Cup

League Cup[edit]

Arsenal entered the competition in the third round and faced West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, where striker Aliadière scored twice to secure a 2–0 victory for the visitors.[1] They then travelled to Goodison Park in the fourth round to play Everton. Arsenal won the match 0–1 courtesy of a late Adebayor goal, which came from a corner. For much of the game Everton played with a man disadvantage as striker James McFadden was sent off in the 19th minute for dissent.[2]

Closing stages of Arsenal's second leg match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool were Arsenal's opponent in the fifth round. The match, scheduled on 19 December 2006 at Anfield, was postponed by referee Martin Atkinson because of heavy fog.[3] Atkinson's decision infuriated the managers of both clubs, with Rafael Benítez commenting: "There were a lot of people looking forward to the game and it's really difficult to explain."[4] The tie was rescheduled for 9 January 2007 and on the night Arsenal took the lead when Aliadière scored in the 27th minute. Robbie Fowler equalised for Liverpool six minutes later. Later, two goals from Baptista and goal from Alex Song put Arsenal 4–1 ahead at half time. In the second half, Baptista completed his hat-trick; although Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypiä scored to close the scoreline gap for Liverpool, Baptista added his fourth goal of the match in the 84th minute. The final score was 6–3, Liverpool's heaviest defeat at Anfield in 76 years.[5] In his match report for The Guardian, Taylor praised Arsenal's reserve team and summarised, "The difference between the two teams was immense. Arsenal played with flair and purpose; Liverpool were dishevelled and short of leadership."[6]

Pre-match presentation

Tottenham Hotspur faced Arsenal in the semi-final which was played over two legs. A goal from Dimitar Berbatov gave Tottenham the lead in the 12th minute and they extended their advantage after Baptista inadvertently kicked the ball into his own goal. Baptista, however, made amends in the second half, scoring twice in the space of 13 minutes to level the score at 2–2.[7] The second leg at the Emirates Stadium saw Arsenal dominate proceedings, but only took the lead in the 77th minute when Adebayor scored. Mido equalised for Tottenham, which took the match into extra time because of the away goals rule. Aliadière's goal in the 105th minute restored Arsenal's lead and an own goal scored by Pascal Chimbonda ensured the home team progressed to the final, winning 3–1 after extra time and 5–3 on aggregate.[8]

Arsenal played Chelsea in the final at the Millennium Stadium on 23 February 2007. Wenger continued his policy of naming a young team, which took the lead in the 12th minute when Walcott converted his chance.[9] Chelsea striker Didier Drogba equalised and scored in the 84th minute to earn his side victory. A fracas occurred between the Arsenal and Chelsea players occurred during stoppage time, resulting in Touré and Adebayor getting shown a red card each.[9] Wenger later apologised for his players' conduct, but was charged £2,500 for accusing the linesman of lying in his account of Adebayor's actions.[10][11] Both clubs were fined £100,000 each by The Football Association for their inability to control their players and Eboué was retrospectively charged with violent conduct for striking Wayne Bridge.[12]

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Germany Jens Lehmann 44 0 36+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 8+0 0
2 MF France Abou Diaby 18 1 9+3 1 1+0 0 3+1 0 0+1 0
4 MF Spain Cesc Fàbregas 54 4 34+4 2 2+0 0 3+1 0 10+0 2
5 DF Ivory Coast Kolo Touré 53 4 35+0 3 4+0 1 4+0 0 10+0 0
6 DF Switzerland Philippe Senderos 25 0 9+5 0 4+0 0 5+0 0 2+0 0
7 MF Czech Republic Tomáš Rosický 37 6 22+4 3 3+1 2 0+1 0 6+0 1
8 MF Sweden Fredrik Ljungberg 26 2 16+2 0 2+1 1 0+0 0 4+1 1
9 AM Brazil Júlio Baptista 35 10 11+13 3 2+2 0 3+0 6 1+3 1
10 DF France William Gallas 29 3 21+0 3 2+0 0 0+0 0 6+0 0
11 FW Netherlands Robin van Persie 31 13 17+5 11 1+0 0 0+0 0 7+1 2
12 DF Cameroon Lauren 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
13 AM Belarus Alexander Hleb 48 3 27+6 2 3+0 0 0+2 0 10+0 1
14 FW France Thierry Henry 27 12 16+1 10 3+0 1 0+0 0 5+2 1
15 MF Brazil Denílson 19 0 4+6 0 2+0 0 6+0 0 1+0 0
16 MF France Mathieu Flamini 32 4 9+11 3 3+0 0 2+1 0 3+3 1
17 DM Cameroon Alex Song 6 1 1+1 0 0+0 0 3+0 1 0+1 0
19 MF Brazil Gilberto Silva 47 11 34+0 10 3+0 0 1+0 0 8+1 1
20 DF Switzerland Johan Djourou 30 0 18+3 0 1+0 0 3+0 0 5+0 0
21 GK Estonia Mart Poom 2 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
22 DF France Gaël Clichy 40 0 26+1 0 3+2 0 1+1 0 5+1 0
24 GK Spain Manuel Almunia 14 0 1+0 0 5+0 0 6+0 0 2+0 0
25 FW Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 44 12 21+8 8 2+1 2 3+1 2 6+2 0
27 DF Ivory Coast Emmanuel Eboué 35 1 23+1 0 2+0 0 1+2 0 6+0 1
30 FW France Jérémie Aliadière 23 4 4+7 0 2+2 0 6+0 4 0+2 0
31 DF England Justin Hoyte 36 1 18+4 1 2+2 0 4+0 0 5+1 0
32 FW England Theo Walcott 32 1 5+11 0 2+2 0 6+0 1 0+6 0
33 DF England Matthew Connolly 2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+1 0 0+0 0
43 MF England Mark Randall 2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
45 DF France Armand Traoré 7 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 5+1 0 0+0 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Brom 0–2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Everton 0–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 8 November 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Benitez & Wenger rue postponement". BBC Sport. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Rich, Tim (20 December 2006). "Chaos looms through Anfield fog". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Winter, Henry (10 January 2007). "Baptista revels in Arsenal's extravaganza". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Daniel (10 January 2007). "Baptista grabs four as Liverpool hit for six". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  7. ^ McCarra, Kevin (25 January 2007). "Baptista at the double spikes Spurs". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Lyon, Sam (31 January 2007). "Arsenal 3–1 Tottenham (agg 5–3)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Dickinson, Matt (26 February 2007). "Tempers snap in the Snarling Cup". The Times. London. p. S2. 
  10. ^ Isaacs, Marc (28 February 2007). "Wenger says sorry for Arsenal's part in cup final brawl". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Wenger fined and censured by FA". BBC Sport. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "FA Statement". The Football Association. 27 February 2007. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2015.