2011–12 Arsenal F.C. season

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2011–12 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 3rd
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Robin van Persie (30)

Robin van Persie (37)
Highest home attendance 60,111 (vs. Chelsea, 21 April 2012, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 46,539 (vs. Shrewsbury Town, 20 September 2011, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 59,313
(in all competitions)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 season was Arsenal's 20th season in the Premier League, and also marked the club's 125th anniversary.[1] Arsenal's attempts to win silverware all proved fruitless. In the Premier League, Arsenal struggled to recover from a poor start to the season. Though they did finish the season in the final qualification berth for the next season's UEFA Champions League. Arsenal's UEFA Champions League campaign once again proved unsuccessful, falling at the first hurdle in the knockout stage, with a 4–0 defeat at Milan ultimately proving fatal. Exiting the FA Cup at the fifth round stage at the hands of Sunderland, and the League Cup in the quarter-finals against Manchester City, the two domestic cups were also out of Arsenal's reach.

Arsenal finished the season in third place after winning their last league match 3–2 against West Bromwich Albion on 13 May 2012.[2] It was the first season since the invicibles in 2003–04 which Arsenal finished the top London club in the league, or in which Arsenal finished ahead of Chelsea.



Captain Cesc Fàbregas rejoined Barcelona after eight years at Arsenal.

Arsenal's pre-season transfer activity was once again dominated by media speculation regarding the future of club captain Cesc Fàbregas, whose return to boyhood club Barcelona was widely expected, although not officially confirmed until the middle of August when an initial fee in the region of £30 million[3] was agreed between the two clubs.[4] Prior to this, the Gunners' first signing came in the form of young English-Finnish right-back Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic on 8 June for an initial fee of around £1 million,[5] while the first major signing did not come until 11 July with the signing of Gervinho from French champions Lille for more than £10 million.[6] The only notable exits in July came in goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who retired for the second time, having come out of his first retirement in March to solve an injury crisis that left Arsenal with just one match-fit goalkeeper, while Gaël Clichy joined Manchester City.[7] It was August before the club's transfer activity increased, with promising young striker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joining from Southampton for a reported £12 million,[8] before the departures of Fàbregas to Barcelona, the long-serving Emmanuel Eboué to Turkish side Galatasaray,[9] and Samir Nasri to Manchester City for a fee of £25 million.[10] Left-back Armand Traoré's departure to newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers on the penultimate day of the transfer window completed the departures from the first team,[11] before Arsène Wenger, under increasing criticism for the lack of arrivals so far,[12] went on something of a spending spree in the final 48 hours of the window. South Korea captain Park Chu-young joined from Monaco,[13] before left-back André Santos,[14] centre back Per Mertesacker[15] and midfielder Mikel Arteta[16] all joined in the dying hours of the window, from Fenerbahçe, Werder Bremen and Everton respectively. Yossi Benayoun also joined the club on a season long loan from Chelsea,[17] whilst striker Nicklas Bendtner was loaned to Sunderland for the same period,[18] following fellow first-team members Denílson[19] and Carlos Vela,[20] who had joined São Paulo and Real Sociedad on loan earlier in the window. At the close of the window, Arsenal had spent an estimated £51.2 million, compared to an income of nearly £75 million.

Away from the transfer window, Robin van Persie was chosen to replace the departing Fàbregas as club captain, having stood in on several previous occasions when Fàbregas was not playing.[21] Pre-season saw Arsenal hold their first ever Asian tour, commencing against a Malaysian League XI in Kuala Lumpur where goals from Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Carlos Vela and Tomáš Rosický earned the Gunners a 4–0 win. Chinese side Hangzhou Greentown proved a tougher test in Arsenal's next match, where after falling behind in the 16th minute, Vela scored to achieve a 1–1 draw. Arsenal travelled next to Germany to face 1. FC Köln where new signing Gervinho scored twice in eight minutes on his debut to put the side two goals ahead, before fellow newcomer Carl Jenkinson put the ball through Arsenal's own net, to result in a 2–1 victory for the Gunners. Arsenal's only home pre-season matches came in the annual Emirates Cup tournament, where Boca Juniors, the New York Red Bulls and Paris Saint-Germain were welcomed to London. Arsenal's matches both ended in draws, first surrendering a Van Persie and Aaron Ramsey created two-goal lead against Boca Juniors, before conceding an 84th minutes own goal from Kyle Bartley against the New York Red Bulls the next day, cancelling out a Van Persie opener. Arsenal's run of pre-season fixtures concluded with a loss to Portuguese team Benfica in the Eusébio Cup, once again surrendering a one-goal advantage courtesy of Van Persie to end up losing 2–1 in Lisbon.


Arsenal's fixtures in the Premier League started at Newcastle United, where, despite surrendering a four-goal lead last season, they played out a 0–0 draw this time around. The match was perhaps more notable for disciplinary issues, with Gervinho receiving a straight red-card on his competitive debut, whilst Alex Song received a retrospective charge of violent conduct for stamping on Joey Barton. The Gunners faced a two-legged tie against Italian side Udinese to secure qualification to the season's UEFA Champions League competition, with Theo Walcott's fourth-minute goal separating the teams in the first leg at the Emirates, before goals from Walcott and Robin van Persie, as well as a penalty save from Wojciech Szczęsny, saw the Gunners secure victory in the away leg in Udine, and secure their place in the group stage of the competition.

The two legs were sandwiched between an early Premier League title contender clash at the Emirates against Liverpool, where an own goal from Aaron Ramsey and a last minute strike from new Liverpool signing Luis Suárez saw the team fall to a 0–2 defeat, and fuel the widely held belief that Arsenal would once again fail to prove serious challengers for the league title. Any attempt to dispel such a notion was dealt a huge blow the following week, when Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford to suffer their heaviest ever defeat in the Premier League. A hat-trick from Wayne Rooney, two goals from Ashley Young and goals from Danny Welbeck, Nani and Park Ji-sung saw the club slump to an 8–2 hammering at the hands of Manchester United, with Van Persie and Walcott's goals proving no consolation as Arsenal ended the month hovering just one place above the relegation zone, having failed to win any of their opening three league matches.

7 goals in 3 games saw Robin van Persie named October's Premier League Player of the month.


Arsenal eventually secured their first league win of the season at home to newly-promoted Swansea City at the start of September, when Andrey Arshavin's goal proved enough to separate the sides, before the team faced the first of their six Champions League group stage fixtures away to German champions Borussia Dortmund. A win looked to be on the cards thanks to Robin van Persie's first half goal, but Dortmund's Ivan Perišić equalised with just two minutes left to play leaving Arsenal to be satisfied with just a single point. Any hope of progress in the Premier League was dashed when the Gunners gave away a 2–1 half-time lead away to Blackburn Rovers, with own goals from both Alex Song and Laurent Koscielny gifting Blackburn a 4–3 victory.

Arsenal's opening match in the League Cup looked to be a straightforward home tie against League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town, but it was the opposition that opened the scoring, before Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yossi Benayoun eventually secured progress to the fourth round. This seemed to spark some life into the team, and they ran out 3–0 winners the following week against Bolton Wanderers in the league thanks to a brace from Robin van Persie and a late goal from Alex Song, before securing their first group stage win in Europe at home to Greek champions Olympiacos with goals from Oxlade-Chamberlain and André Santos.


Any suggestion that the end of September had been the start of an Arsenal turnaround was proved wrong in the North London derby at the start of October. Rafael van der Vaart's opening goal at White Hart Lane was cancelled out by Aaron Ramsey, before Kyle Walker secured the bragging rights for Tottenham Hotspur. Following an international break, the Gunners’ home match against Sunderland looked set to be heading for a 1–1 draw until Van Persie scored in the last ten minutes to secure all three points, whilst a late goal also earned an away European victory against Marseille, with Ramsey providing the required firepower.

Arsenal's season continued to improve with a 3–1 league victory against Stoke City thanks to two goals from Van Persie and a strike from Gervinho, before Arshavin and Park Chu-young saw the team past Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round of the League Cup. The turnaround was complete when Arsenal beat title-rivals Chelsea 5–3 at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from André Santos and Theo Walcott, as well as a hat-trick from Van Persie, a performance that helped the Dutchman to the Premier League player of the month award, and saw the Gunners finish October, seventh in the table.


November opened with Marseille visiting the Emirates for the return leg of the Champions League fixture, a game that ended in a 0–0 draw. In the Premier League, Arsenal's good form continued with a 3–0 victory over West Bromwich Albion thanks to goals from Van Persie, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen, whose return from injury provided further good news for the team. After another international break, Arsenal continued where they left off with a 2–1 win at Norwich City thanks to two more goals from Robin van Persie, making him just the third player since the Premier League's inception after Alan Shearer and former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry to score 30 goals in a calendar year.

With their Premier League campaign seemingly re-energised, Arsenal's attention turned once more to the Champions League, with Borussia Dortmund being the latest visitors to the Emirates. Arsenal knew a win would be sufficient to secure progression to the knockout phase, but it was Dortmund who made the brighter start until injuries forced two of their key players – Sven Bender and Mario Götze, to be substituted before half time. This allowed Arsenal to capitalise, with man of the moment Van Persie netting two goals in the second half thanks to assists first from Alex Song and then Thomas Vermaelen, before Shinji Kagawa netted the Germans a consolation goal in injury time. The 2–1 victory was not only enough to secure the Gunners' progression, but also top spot in Group F thanks to Olympiacos' victory over second-placed Marseille in the night's other match.

This Champions League success came at a price, however, with the team appearing off form in their next Premier League game against Fulham, who took the lead in the match thanks to a Thomas Vermaelen own goal. It was only when the Belgian defender was able to convert into the right net in the 82nd minute that the Gunners were able to draw level, and end the match with a 1–1 draw. The impact of the result was only alleviated by results elsewhere, with four of the six teams above Arsenal in the table – Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle United all playing out draws in the same weekend.

November ended on somewhat of a negative note, with the team exiting the League Cup with a fifth round loss to Manchester City, although the Gunners were by no means overwhelmed by the Premier League leaders. Instead, the young and relatively inexperienced side that included the likes of Emmanuel Frimpong, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Park Chu-young, as well as reserve team players Ignasi Miquel and Francis Coquelin, held their own for much of the match, with just a single goal by Sergio Agüero in the 83rd minute being able to separate the two sides.


A 4–0 win in the Premier League away at Wigan Athletic allowed Arsenal to continue their progression up the league table thanks to goals from Mikel Arteta, Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho and Robin van Persie, before the team travelled to Athens to face Olympiacos in their final group stage match in the Champions League. With a group topping position already secured, Arsène Wenger chose to field a much weakened side, making ten changes from the team that started at Wigan three days earlier, and this was evident as the team fell to a 3–1 defeat. The game was perhaps most notable for highlighting Arsenal's ongoing out of sight goalkeeping problems, with Łukasz Fabiański being forced off injured in 25th minute to be replaced by Vito Mannone, whose erratic goalkeeping gifted the Greek side's second goal.

The return of Arsenal's stronger starting 11 in their next Premier League match saw the team return to winning ways, securing a 1–0 victory at home to Everton, before making the trip to the Etihad Stadium a week later to face league leaders Manchester City without both first choice full-backs, Bacary Sagna and André Santos. Despite these absences, the Gunners put up a strong fight, and it was only David Silva's effort early in the second half that was enough to separate the teams at the final whistle. Arsenal entered the Christmas fixtures with a 2–1 victory over Aston Villa, with Van Persie scoring his 34th Premier League goal of 2011, equalling Thierry Henry's club record, before Yossi Benayoun secured his first league goal for Arsenal, along with all three points.

Arsenal ended December with two games in four days, and Gervinho's eighth-minute goal looked to have set the Gunners off well against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Steven Fletcher's equaliser later in the first half ended up restricting them to just a single point. The year ended with a 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates, with Van Persie's goal being enough to secure him the club record for goals scored in a calendar year, although he did fall a single strike short of equalling Alan Shearer's Premier League record of 36.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry rejoined on loan in the January transfer window.


Arsenal's new year seemed set to get off to a good start, with Laurent Koscielny's goal grabbing a lead against Fulham in their opening match, but in what has become something of an Arsenal trait, the team could not strengthen their position, and Fulham seized on this. Late goals from Steve Sidwell and Bobby Zamora undid Arsenal and saw the team fall to a 2–1 defeat. The defeat was, however, somewhat overshadowed by the club's announcement a few days later that the Gunners' record goal-scorer and former Captain Thierry Henry was returning to the Emirates for a short-term loan during the close-season of the North America's Major League Soccer (MLS), in which Henry now plays full-time.

Henry's second debut for the club came as a substitute in the team's first foray in this season's FA Cup, against Leeds United in the Third Round. Given Henry's record of 226 goals in his 370 appearances during his first stint at Arsenal, it came as little surprise when he netted the game's only goal just ten minutes after coming onto the pitch, securing the team's progress to the Fourth Round.

However, if things were going well in the Cup, the same could not be said for progress in the Premier League. Arsenal first surrendered an early lead against Swansea, before giving away another goal just seconds after grabbing an equaliser in the second half to go down 3–2 in South Wales. The following week, the Gunners hosted Manchester United for the first time since last year's 8–2 humiliation at Old Trafford. Despite United leading at half-time, Van Persie scored his 19th league goal of the season to draw the teams level, before Danny Welbeck took advantage of further defensive lapses to inflict the Arsenal's third defeat in a row, and further hamper the team's quest for qualification to next season's Champions League.

With the Premier League title now out of reach, Arsenal hosted Aston Villa in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup knowing that it was their last realistic chance of silverware. This chance did little to spur the team on, and goals from Richard Dunne and Darren Bent in the first half saw the Gunners’ facing exit from the competition at half time. However, a spirited Arsenal performance in the opening spell of the second half, including three goals in seven minutes from Van Persie (2) and Theo Walcott, saw the team claim a 3–2 victory and secure a place in the Fifth Round.


Arsenal opened February with an emphatic 7–1 victory over struggling Blackburn to halt their poor run of league form. Van Persie brought his goal tally in all competitions to 28 with a hat-trick, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued his impressive run of form by scoring his first and second Premier League goals. Mikel Arteta also found the net, before Henry scored his first Premier League goal in nearly six years to complete the victory in stoppage time. Henry's talents were required again in Arsenal's next league match, away to Sunderland, who were on a superb run of form under new manager Martin O’Neill. Henry secured all three points for the Gunners in injury time, following Aaron Ramsey's earlier goal that cancelled out James McClean's goal for Sunderland.

Despite an apparent resurgence in the Premier League, Arsenal's cup ambitions took consecutive knocks in mid-February. They first lost the opening leg of their Champions League round of 16 match against Milan 4–0, before being knocked out of the FA Cup by Sunderland just three days later, leaving the team facing yet another season without any silverware.

These cup exits left Arsenal to focus solely on achieving fourth position in the league, and thus ensuring further Champions League football at the Emirates. This aim would be tested heavily in their next game, the North London derby against age-old rivals Tottenham, who have spent the season so far above Arsenal in the table. It seemed that Arsenal’s poor form against their rivals in recent years was likely to continue, falling 2–0 behind through goals from Louis Saha and former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor, before Bacary Sagna and the ever-reliable Van Persie scored in quick succession to bring the teams level at half-time. Arsenal continued to press in the second-half, and were rewarded with a goal from Tomáš Rosický and a brace from Theo Walcott to secure a memorable 5–2 victory that the Gunners would savour, and that saw the team strengthen their challenge for fourth place.


The North London derby victory spurred Arsenal on to continue their good Premier League form at the start of March. A Robin van Persie brace was enough to come from behind to beat Liverpool at Anfield, before securing a 3–0 home victory against Milan thanks to goals from Laurent Koscielny, Tomáš Rosický and Van Persie. Although not enough to overturn the first leg deficit, the win did allow the Gunners to bow out of European football for the season in excellent style.

Arsenal's reduced fixture-load soon became evident in results in the Premier League. They first secured an injury time victory against fellow competitors for the European places in the table, Newcastle. Vermaelen scored the winner in the fifth minute of added time at the end of the match, after Van Persie had drawn the teams level early in the first half. It was Vermaelen who again secured all three points in Arsenal's next match, away to Everton, a victory that was also enough to propel Arsenal above Tottenham into third place in the league table.

A 3–0 victory against Aston Villa, with goals from Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta, took Arsenal's run of form to seven consecutive Premier League victories, a feat the team had not managed since October 2007, as well as strengthening their position in third place. The team, however, fell one game short of going the whole of March unbeaten, falling to a 2–1 defeat away to QPR, where Walcott's strike proved insufficient to secure any points for the Gunners.

Laurent Koscielny scored the crucial goal in Arsenal's final match of the season that secured the team's qualification to next season's Champions League group stage.


April started well for Arsenal, with back to back victories helping them to maintain their position in the Premier League's Champions League qualifications places. A Mikel Arteta goal in the 87th minute was enough to first secure a 1–0 home victory over championship contenders Manchester City, before Van Persie, Walcott and Benayoun all scored to record a 3–0 victory at struggling Wolves.

Arsenal stuttered as April progressed however, falling first to a 2–1 home defeat to Wigan, where Thomas Vermaelen's goal was not enough to overcome two early Wigan goals, before the team played out a goalless draw with fellow European contenders Chelsea. Another draw completed Arsenal's April, sharing the points with Stoke after a 1–1 stalemate, with Van Persie adding another goal to his already impressive tally, pushing him closer to the Premier League's golden boot award, but also cancelling out Peter Crouch’s earlier goal for the home side at the Britannia Stadium.


Arsenal's attempts to secure Champions League qualification continued into their final two matches of the season in May. Yossi Benayoun's opening goal just two minutes into their final home match of the season, against Norwich, seemed to have got them off to a good start, before two goals in twenty minutes gave the visitors an unexpected lead. A Van Persie brace in eight minutes put the Gunners back ahead, and seemingly on the verge of all but securing third place in the table. A Norwich equaliser in the 85th minute, however, shattered that dream, meaning their ongoing battle with Tottenham for guaranteed Champions League football would have to be settled on the final day of the season.

That final day saw Arsenal travel to face West Brom whilst Tottenham hosted Fulham, with an Arsenal win being enough to guarantee third. Tottenham took the lead in the second minute to take them above Arsenal in the table, but a second goal in as many games from Benayoun saw the Gunners retake the position just two minutes later. However, a brace from West Brom within four minutes saw Arsenal fall behind, and apparently gifting Spurs the last definite English berth in the Champions League, before André Santos was able to draw Arsenal back level before half-time. As it stood, however, Arsenal were still outside the Premier League top three, and it fell to Laurent Koscielny to score in the 54th minute to secure both victory, and perhaps more importantly, the final English group stage place in the next season's Champions League competition. As the season concluded, captain Robin van Persie was confirmed as the winner of the Premier League's Golden Boot award with 30 goals in the season. This was the club's only hint of a trophy, however, with the Gunners now having gone seven years without any silverware.

Key events[edit]


Squad information[edit]

Further information: Arsenal F.C.
Transfer fee
1 GK Spain Almunia, ManuelManuel Almunia 34 EU 2004 175 0 2012[22] £0.5M[23]
2 MF France Diaby, AbouAbou Diaby 26 EU 2006 (Winter) 163 19 undisclosed[24] £2.0M[25]
3 DF France Sagna, BacaryBacary Sagna 29 EU 2007 205 4 2014[26] £7.5M[27]
4 DF Germany Mertesacker, PerPer Mertesacker 27 EU 2011 27 0 2015[28] £8.0M[29]
5 DF Belgium Vermaelen, ThomasThomas Vermaelen (vice-captain) 26 EU 2009 90 14 2015[30] £10.0M[31]
6 DF France Koscielny, LaurentLaurent Koscielny 26 EU 2010 85 6 undisclosed[32] £8.5M[32]
7 MF Czech Republic Rosický, TomášTomáš Rosický 31 EU 2006 166 19 2014[33] £6.8M[34]
8 MF Spain Arteta, MikelMikel Arteta 30 EU 2011 38 6 2015[16] £10.0M[35]
9 FW South Korea Park, Chu-youngPark Chu-young 26 Non-EU 2011 6 1 undisclosed[13] £1.8M[36]
10 FW Netherlands van Persie, RobinRobin van Persie (captain) 28 EU 2004 278 132 2013[37] £2.75M[38]
11 DF Brazil Santos, AndréAndré Santos 29 Non-EU 2011 21 3 undisclosed[14] £6.2M[39]
13 GK Poland Szczęsny, WojciechWojciech Szczęsny 22 EU 2007 72 0 undisclosed[40] Youth system
14 FW England Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott 23 EU 2006 (Winter) 220 42 2013[41] £9.0M[42]
15 FW England Oxlade-Chamberlain, AlexAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain 18 EU 2011 26 4 undisclosed[8] £12.0M[43]
16 MF Wales Ramsey, AaronAaron Ramsey 21 EU 2008 103 9 undisclosed[44] £4.8M[45]
17 MF Cameroon Song, AlexAlex Song 24 EU 2005 204 10 2014[46] £1.0M[47]
18 DF France Squillaci, SébastienSébastien Squillaci 31 EU 2010 38 2 2013[48] £3.3M[48]
19 MF England Wilshere, JackJack Wilshere 20 EU 2008 64 3 undisclosed[49] Youth system
20 DF Switzerland Djourou, JohanJohan Djourou 25 EU 2003 142 1 2015[50] Youth system
21 GK Poland Fabiański, ŁukaszŁukasz Fabiański 27 EU 2007 62 0 undisclosed[51] £2.0M[52]
23 MF Russia Arshavin, AndreyAndrey Arshavin 30 Non-EU 2009 (Winter) 133 30 2013[53] £15.0M[54] On loan to Zenit St. Petersburg
24 GK Italy Mannone, VitoVito Mannone 24 EU 2005 10 0 2014[55] £0.35M[56] On loan to Hull City
25 DF England Jenkinson, CarlCarl Jenkinson 20 EU 2011 14 0 undisclosed[57] £1.0M[58]
26 MF Ghana Frimpong, EmmanuelEmmanuel Frimpong 20 EU 2008 14 0 undisclosed[59] Youth system
27 FW Ivory Coast Gervinho 24 Non-EU 2011 37 4 undisclosed[6] £10.5M[60]
28 DF England Gibbs, KieranKieran Gibbs 22 EU 2007 72 2 undisclosed[61] Youth system
29 FW Morocco Chamakh, MarouaneMarouane Chamakh 28 EU 2010 63 12 undisclosed[62] Free
30 MF Israel Benayoun, YossiYossi Benayoun 32 Non-EU 2011 25 6 2012[17] Loan On loan from Chelsea
31 FW Japan Miyaichi, RyoRyo Miyaichi 19 Non-EU 2011 (Winter) 2 0 undisclosed[63] Free On loan to Bolton Wanderers
39 MF France Coquelin, FrancisFrancis Coquelin 21 EU 2008 21 0 undisclosed[64] Youth system
46 MF England Lansbury, HenriHenri Lansbury 21 EU 2007 8 1 undisclosed[65] Youth system On loan to West Ham United
52 FW Denmark Bendtner, NicklasNicklas Bendtner 24 EU 2004 157 45 undisclosed[66] Youth system On loan to Sunderland
MF Brazil Denílson 24 Non-EU 2006 153 10 undisclosed[67] £3.5M[68] On loan to São Paulo
FW Mexico Vela, CarlosCarlos Vela 23 EU 2005 62 11 2013[69] £0.5M[70] On loan to Real Sociedad
FW Costa Rica Campbell, JoelJoel Campbell 19 Non-EU 2011 0 0 undisclosed[71] £0.9M[72] On loan to FC Lorient
  • Last updated: 13 May 2012
  • Source: Arsenal F.C. and footballdatabase.com (for EU passport, country as international player, contract ending and transfer fee)
  • Ordered by squad number.

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 10 January 2012.[73][74]

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

No. Position Player
33 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Benik Afobe
34 Nigeria MF Chuks Aneke
35 Ghana FW Zak Ansah
37 Ghana DF Daniel Boateng
38 England DF George Brislen-Hall
40 England MF Craig Eastmond
43 Switzerland DF Sead Hajrović
44 Republic of Ireland MF Conor Henderson
45 Trinidad and Tobago DF Gavin Hoyte
47 Republic of Ireland GK Sean McDermott
48 Jamaica MF Jernade Meade
49 Spain DF Ignasi Miquel
No. Position Player
50 Republic of Ireland FW Rhys Murphy
51 Jamaica FW Nigel Neita
53 Turkey MF Oğuzhan Özyakup
55 Jamaica MF Sanchez Watt
56 Cyprus DF Nico Yennaris
57 Switzerland DF Martin Angha
58 Netherlands MF Kyle Ebecilio
59 Argentina GK Damián Martinez
60 Switzerland DF Elton Monteiro
61 England MF Josh Rees
62 England GK James Shea



# Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
25 DF England Carl Jenkinson England Charlton Athletic £1,000,000 8 June 2011 First-team [5]
MF Spain Jon Toral Spain Barcelona £350,000 1 July 2011 Academy [75]
DF Spain Héctor Bellerín Spain Barcelona £400,000 1 July 2011 Academy [75]
27 FW Ivory Coast Gervinho France Lille £10,500,000 11 July 2011 First-team [6]
15 FW England Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain England Southampton £12,000,000 8 August 2011 First-team [8]
FW Costa Rica Joel Campbell Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa £900,000 19 August 2011 First-team [71]
9 FW South Korea Park Chu-young France Monaco £1,800,000 30 August 2011 First-team [13]
11 DF Brazil André Santos Turkey Fenerbahçe £6,200,000 31 August 2011 First-team [14]
4 DF Germany Per Mertesacker Germany Werder Bremen £8,000,000 31 August 2011 First-team [15]
8 MF Spain Mikel Arteta England Everton £10,000,000 31 August 2011 First-team [16]
MF Germany Thomas Eisfeld Germany Borussia Dortmund £420,000 31 January 2012 Reserves [76]
MF England Tarum Dawkins England Luton Town Undisclosed 2 March 2012 Academy [77]

Total spending: Decrease £51,570,000


# Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
13 GK Germany Jens Lehmann Retired N/A 1 July 2011 [78]
38 DF England Thomas Cruise England Torquay United Free transfer 1 July 2011 [79]
54 MF England Mark Randall England Chesterfield Free transfer 1 July 2011 [80]
39 FW England Roarie Deacon England Sunderland Free transfer 1 July 2011 [81]
22 DF France Gaël Clichy England Manchester City £7,000,000 4 July 2011 [7]
41 MF England Jay Emmanuel-Thomas England Ipswich Town £1,100,000 26 July 2011 [82]
MF England Jamie Edge England West Bromwich Albion Free transfer 2 August 2011 [83]
4 MF Spain Cesc Fàbregas Spain Barcelona £35,000,000 15 August 2011 [4]
27 DF Ivory Coast Emmanuel Eboué Turkey Galatasaray £3,000,000 16 August 2011 [9]
8 MF France Samir Nasri England Manchester City £25,000,000 24 August 2011 [10]
30 DF Senegal Armand Traoré England Queens Park Rangers £1,500,000 30 August 2011 [11]
54 FW France Gilles Sunu France Lorient £1,300,000 31 August 2011 [84]
41 FW England Luke Freeman England Stevenage Undisclosed 10 January 2011 [85]

Total income: Increase £73,900,000

Loan in[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned from Date Loan expires Team Source
30 MF Israel Yossi Benayoun England Chelsea 31 August 2011 End of the season First-team [17]
12 FW France Thierry Henry United States New York Red Bulls 6 January 2012 16 February 2012 First-team [86]

Loan out[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Source
FW Brazil Wellington Spain Levante 10 July 2011 End of the season [87]
15 MF Brazil Denílson Brazil São Paulo 19 July 2011 End of the season [19]
GK England James Shea England Dagenham and Redbridge 26 July 2011 5 December 2011[88] [89]
MF Bolivia Samuel Galindo Spain Gimnàstic de Tarragona 4 August 2011 End of the season [90]
DF England Kyle Bartley Scotland Rangers 5 August 2011 End of the season [91]
11 FW Mexico Carlos Vela Spain Real Sociedad 16 August 2011 End of the season [20]
DF Brazil Pedro Botelho Spain Rayo Vallecano 16 August 2011 End of the season [20]
46 MF England Henri Lansbury England West Ham United 31 August 2011 End of the season [92]
FW Costa Rica Joel Campbell France Lorient 31 August 2011 End of the season [93]
52 FW Denmark Nicklas Bendtner England Sunderland 31 August 2011 End of the season [18]
1 GK Spain Manuel Almunia England West Ham United 30 September 2011 31 October 2011[94] [95]
41 FW England Luke Freeman England Stevenage 18 November 2011 8 January 2012 [96]
34 MF England Chuks Aneke England Stevenage 22 November 2011 6 March 2012[97] [98]
55 FW England Sanchez Watt England Sheffield Wednesday 23 November 2011 16 January 2012[99] [100]
26 MF Ghana Emmanuel Frimpong England Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 January 2012 End of the season [101]
24 GK Italy Vito Mannone England Hull City 4 January 2012 End of the season [102]
43 DF Switzerland Sead Hajrović England Barnet 18 January 2012 18 February 2012 [103]
FW Brazil Wellington Spain Alcoyano 20 January 2012 End of the season [104]
37 DF Ghana Daniel Boateng England Swindon Town 20 January 2012 End of the season [105]
55 MF England Sanchez Watt England Crawley Town 26 January 2012 End of the season [106]
45 DF England Gavin Hoyte England AFC Wimbledon 27 January 2012 27 February 2012 [107]
50 FW Republic of Ireland Rhys Murphy England Preston North End 30 January 2012 End of the season [108]
31 FW Japan Ryo Miyaichi England Bolton Wanderers 31 January 2012 End of the season [109]
40 MF England Craig Eastmond England Wycombe Wanderers 21 February 2012 End of the season [110]
23 MF Russia Andrey Arshavin Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 25 February 2012 End of the season [111]
47 GK Republic of Ireland Sean McDermott England Leeds United 12 March 2012 12 April 2012 [112]
33 FW England Benik Afobe England Reading 22 March 2012 End of the season [113]
34 MF England Chuks Aneke England Preston North End 22 March 2012 End of the season [114]
56 DF England Nico Yennaris England Notts County 23 March 2012 End of the season [115]

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