2014–15 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
2014–15 season
Chairman Sir Chips Keswick
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 3rd
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Third round
FA Community Shield Winners
UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Alexis Sánchez (16)
All:
Alexis Sánchez (25)
Highest home attendance 60,081 (vs. Liverpool, 4 April 2015)
Lowest home attendance 59,439 (vs. Hull City, 4 January 2015)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2014–15 season was Arsenal's 23rd season in the Premier League and 95th consecutive season in the top flight of English football. This season Arsenal participated in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and the UEFA Champions League. An inconsistent start to the league season ended any realistic hopes for the Premier League title as Arsenal only won two out of their first eight games. Inconsistency plagued Arsenal throughout the first half of the campaign, not helped by numerous injuries to important players. At one stage, Arsenal were as low as eighth heading into early December. This would later haunt them as they mounted a superb recovery during the second half of the season where they won eight league games in a row becoming the in-form side of the division. Ultimately though, the gap between themselves and leaders Chelsea was too much, the points dropped during the inconsistent first half of the season proving too much to recover. Old habits were hard to eradicate in Europe as yet again, Arsenal were the own worse enemies. Despite being widely expected to reach the quarter-finals having been given a favourable draw in the Round of 16 vs AS Monaco, Arsenal conspired to self destruct at home where panic led to Monaco winning the first leg 3–1, a scoreline which ultimately proved fatal over the course of the tie. Arsenal, with their obligatory 0–2 away win proving useless, bowed out yet again in the round of sixteen for the fifth consecutive year. However, Arsenal reclaimed the FA Cup, thus becoming the most successful club in the history of the competition with twelve wins, comfortably beating Aston Villa 4–0 in the final. Arsenal finished the league season in third position, thereby qualifying directly to Champions league group stage and avoiding the Champions League qualifier, something Arsène Wenger was keen to avoid as he felt it had an negative impact on competing for the Premier League title, which is the primary target set by the players, manager & coaching staff, going into the next season.

Preview[edit]

Background[edit]

There were changes with both kit manufacturers and ticket prices with Arsenal this season as it marked the inaugural season in which the kits were manufactured by German sportswear company Puma, after a 20-year association with Nike came to an end.[1] The deal was worth an estimated £170million over a 5-year period, in a deal that will become the most lucrative kit manufacturer deal in English football to date. Arsenal had announced the partnership with Puma will be effective from 1 July 2014.[1] In addition, Arsenal announced an increase in their ticket prices of 3% in line with inflation, despite boasting some of the highest ticket prices of English football clubs.[2] The changes marked only the third change to ticket prices within 9 years amid recent visual protests from away fans in home matches in the last two seasons, most notably perhaps against Manchester City.[3]

Pre-season[edit]

On 27 March 2013, Arsenal announced plans to play a single pre-season friendly against the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer in the United States, for the club's first trip to the States for 25 years.[4] The match took place at the home ground for former Gunner Thierry Henry, the Red Bull Arena, on 26 July 2014 and was be the only game to be played outside of Europe for Arsenal this pre-season, subsequently marking the end of three successive Asia tours for the Gunners. The match ultimately ended in a 1–0 loss following a first half close range strike from Arsenal legend Ian Wright's son Bradley Wright-Phillips. The result was the first win for an MLS side in eight attempts against an English opposition in the summer to date. On 2 May 2014, Arsenal announced the line-up for the 2014 Emirates Cup, an annual tournament held at the Emirates Stadium. The tournament will consist of Arsenal (the hosts), Spanish side Valencia (who last participated in inaugural Emirates Cup), Portuguese side Benfica and Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.[5] Arsenal will play Benfica on 2 August 2014, followed by Monaco a day later. The winners are crowned based on points accumulated and goals scored (with shots taken being taken into account if standings remain level). The last friendly to be announced for Arsenal turned out to be the opening fixture of the pre-season schedule, with the non-World Cup participating squad members involved against Conference South side Boreham Wood. The match finished 2–0 to the Gunners following second half strikes from Kristoffer Olsson in the 68th minute and a penalty from striker Benik Afobe in the 86th minute in what proved to be a stern test for Arsène Wenger's side. Arsenal began their Emirates Cup campaign opening to Benfica on the 2nd of August. Starting the game with a high tempo, Arsenal found the breakthrough in the 26th minute following a goal by Yaya Sanogo, who scored his first goal in his Arsenal career, despite having 14 first team appearances last term. Arsenal continued the high tempo, and five minutes before time, Héctor Bellerín picked out Joel Campbell, who struck a volley past Artur to give Arsenal a two-goal advantage. Sanogo soon completed his hat-trick by netting twice in the space of as many minutes, as he first rolled into an empty net and then prodded past Artur after being picked out from the left by Kieran Gibbs. Arsenal entered half time with a 4-0 lead, and looked sure to progress further into the competition. Four minutes after the restart and Sanogo had his fourth, with Artur spilling a low drive from Ramsey into his path before calmly slotting home. Benfica, however, pulled one back just past the hour mark, with a long throw from Maxi Pereira touched on for Nicolás Gaitán to nod in from close range but Arsenal managed to progress after a busy afternoon in North London, with the match showcasing the debuts of Chilean Alexis Sánchez from the bench, along with Wenger opting to start £16m signing Calum Chambers.

Arsenal's second game in the Emirates Cup was against Ligue 1 runners up Monaco. Wenger fielded a 4-3-3 formation, which saw the introduction of first team names Wojciech Szczęsny, Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud into the side. Summer signings Sánchez and Chambers started the game, which also served as the debut for £12m signing Mathieu Debuchy. Arsenal had needed only a draw to claim the Emirates Cup, and entered the game looking for that draw. Monaco, however, were gifted the only goal of the game in the 37th minute when Radamel Falcao was given the freedom of the Arsenal penalty area to head home Joao Moutinho’s free-kick, awarded for Jack Wilshere’s clumsy lunge on Nabil Dirar, a challenge that booked the English midfielder. Having won 5-1 against Benfica 24 hours earlier, Arsenal struggled against the French side and created little in the way of clear-cut chances. Sánchez played on both flanks and then through the middle in the second period before being withdrawn in the 74th minute. Following the introduction of Chuba Akpom into the side, Arsenal showed direct running and looked for an equaliser. Akpom, who replaced Sánchez, was brought down by Danijel Subašić as Akpom burst into the box, only for referee Martin Atkinson to award a free-kick rather than a penalty — despite replays showing the foul was clearly inside the area. The game finished 1-0 to Monaco, and with Valencia winning 3-1 against Benfica earlier that day, the Spanish side won the trophy.

Aside from on-field preparations for this season, on 30 May, Arsenal announced that manager of 18 years, Arsène Wenger, had signed a new deal that would keep him at the club until 2017, marking his 21st year as Arsenal manager should he fulfil the full contract length.[6] Having a Champions League-entry record matched only by Real Madrid and the experience of 1010 games prior to the new contract as Arsenal manager, chairman Sir Chips Keswick, commentated on how Wenger "has established Arsenal for its exciting playing style around the world" and that he has "no doubt [Arsenal] have an exciting future ahead of [them] with him leading the team".[6] Amongst his honours are three league titles, five FA Cups and four Charity/Community Shields, including two league and cup doubles in 1998 and 2002. He was also the only Arsenal manager to win more than one FA Cup (having recently become the joint most successful manager of the competition with Sir Alex Ferguson with five wins) and take the club to a Champions League Final.[6]

Transfers[edit]

On 29 May 2014, a little over a fortnight from the end of the previous season, cup-winning goalie Łukasz Fabiański was said to be departing the club for Welsh club Swansea City upon the completion of his current contract, citing his need to be a first-choice keeper given the stage of his career the Pole was entering.[7] Fabianski left with 78 appearances and 25 clean sheets for Arsenal, as well as a winner's medal on his final appearance for the club. The 2014 FA Cup Final also turned out to be the final appearance for Bacary Sagna for Arsenal, as he agreed to join Manchester City upon the completion of his contract.[8] Sagna had an illustrious seven-year period with the club, making 284 appearances for club with the Frenchman becoming an integral part of the Arsenal defence following his transfer from Auxerre. Unfortunately Sagna did have to respond to distaste from some club supporters over the nature of his move to a Premier League rival, citing the move on the need to boost his career as a player, as opposed to the monetary incentives claimed.[9] Furthermore, on 26 June 2014, Arsenal announced that 11 players were to depart the club upon their contract expiration on 30 June 2014. The most notable players leaving that were not previously documented included Nicklas Bendtner who made 169 appearances during his nine-year stint at the club, scoring 47 goals, including the winner against Ipswich Town that took the Gunners to the 2011 League Cup Final and the sole Arsenal goal in a 4–1 loss at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. In addition, Park Chu-Young left the club having made seven appearances in three years that included two year-long loans spells to Celta Vigo and Watford. He scored a single goal for the club in a League Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers. Emiliano Viviano and Kim Källström both departed the club following the expiration of their loan deals, ultimately going back to parent clubs Palermo and Spartak Moscow respectively. Lastly, Real Sociedad confirmed that Arsenal had sold their remaining contractual rights on Carlos Vela for a fee believed to be around £12m.[10][11] This enabled Real Sociedad to have full control over the player, relinquishing any ability for Arsenal to buy Vela for a pre-determined fee.

Alexis Sánchez joined for an undisclosed fee from Barcelona

Amongst the 11 player departures were four reserve-team players after they too reached the end of their current contracts. The most notable departing player was Chuks Aneke whose development was somewhat hindered by the lack of first-team action. As a result he joined Zulte Waregem on a Bosman free transfer citing the Belgian style of play as his deciding factor.[12] The remaining players whose contracts were not renewed included Daniel Boateng, Leander Siemann, Zak Ansah and Zach Fagan, the latter two joining Charlton Athletic and Welling United respectively.

Arsenal announced their first signing on the eve of their kit launch with the much anticipated Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez[13] joining the club on a long term contract from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £30m.[14] It was the second largest transfer fee the club had paid for a single player at the time of the transfer and was the marquee signing fans had been calling for. With the ability to play in many positions, manager Wenger praised the added "power, creativity and much quality" the player would add to the squad, with Sánchez himself praising the manager, squad and fan support. A week later, the club announced the signing of French international Mathieu Debuchy[15] from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £12m.[16] He became a direct replacement for the departing Bacary Sagna and in turn was the second signing of the summer transfer window for Arsenal. On 27 July 2014, the club announced the signing of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina[17] from French club Nice for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £3.2m.[18] A replacement for the departing Łukasz Fabiański, he was also signed to compete with Wojciech Szczęsny for the number one spot. He became Arsenal's third first team signing bringing the total money spent above the spendings of the previous season. Shortly afterwards, the club announced their fourth summer addition of promising defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £11m, rising to a potential £16m with performance-related add ons.[19] Although he was brought on promise due his age of 19, he is able to play in the right back, centre back and defensive midfield positions which presented Wenger a risk he was willing to take.[20] Chambers himself said that Arsenal's playing style is what attracted him to the club, as well as the chance to compete with the top sides in Europe.[21]

August[edit]

Arsenal began their season with the Community Shield against Manchester City. The Gunners won the match 3–0, with goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.[22] The trophy was Arsène Wenger's 13th in 17 years of being in charge of Arsenal.[23]

The Premier League began at home for Arsenal in a London derby at home to Crystal Palace. The visitors took the lead through Brede Hangeland's header from a corner in the 35th minute, but Arsenal replied with goals from Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey to make the final scoreline 2–1 to Arsenal.[24]

Arsenal began their European campaign with a trip to Turkey in the Champions League qualifying match against Beşiktaş. Aaron Ramsey was sent-off in a match which ended in a 0-0 draw.[25][26]

Arsenal continued their Premier League campaign with their first away game which was against Everton at Goodison Park, where Arsenal came from 2–0 down to draw 2–2. During the match, Olivier Giroud, who scored in this corresponding match, picked up an injury and was forced to miss out for approximately four months.[27]

On 27 August, Arsenal managed to progress to the Champions League group stage with a narrow 1–0 victory against Beşiktaş at the Emirates with Alexis Sánchez scoring his first goal for the club. Mathieu Debuchy was sent off during the match after getting a second yellow card.[28]

Their Premier League campaign continued with a disappointing 1–1 away draw against promoted team Leicester City on 31 August with Sánchez scoring his first league goal for Arsenal.[29]

September[edit]

On Transfer Deadline Day, Arsenal announced the signing of Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on a "long-term deal", for a reported £16m.[30] The Arsenal signing of Welbeck was the subject to the completion of regulatory formalities and would be enough to replace the injured Olivier Giroud, although Arsenal were not expected to sign a replacement for Giroud before the deal was made. Welbeck was assigned the number 23 shirt, previously worn by Nicklas Bendtner who moved to the German team Wolfsburg due to the expiration of his Arsenal contract.

On 13 September, Arsenal played at home to defending league champions, Manchester City, a game in which Danny Welbeck made his Arsenal debut. The match ended 2–2 with goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sánchez. The match also featured Mathieu Debuchy limping out with an injury that would rule him out for three months.[31] Three days later, Arsenal played their first match in the group stage of the Champions League, which was a 2–0 away defeat to Borussia Dortmund, that saw Arsenal outclassed and outplayed by German opposition.[32] Arsenal went back in form on 20 September with a comfortable 3–0 away victory against Aston Villa, with Welbeck scoring his first goal for the club, along with a goal from Mesut Özil and an own goal from Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho.[33] Their next league game was the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates. Nacer Chadli gave Tottenham the lead but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first goal of the season ensured a 1–1 draw.[34]

October[edit]

Arsenal were back in action in the Champions League with their second group stage game on 1 October. They played against Turkish opponents, Galatasaray at the Emirates which concluded as a 4–1 victory with Danny Welbeck scoring his first hat trick of his senior career. Wojciech Szczęsny was red carded during the match and was forced to miss the upcoming third group stage game.[35] On 5 October, Arsenal suffered their first league defeat of the season as they were beaten by eventual league winners Chelsea 2–0 at Stamford Bridge meaning that Arsène Wenger had not beaten José Mourinho in 12 attempts.[36]

Arsenal continued their Premier League campaign without their playmaker Mesut Özil who was ruled out for three months with an injury. Arsenal played against Hull at home and the match ended with a disappointing 2–2 draw. Alexis Sánchez gave the hosts the lead but Hull quickly equalized through Mohamed Diamé who appeared to have fouled Mathieu Flamini before he scored and Danny Welbeck's late goal ensured a frustrating draw after Hull had taken the lead 30 seconds into the second half.[37] Four days later, Arsenal went for a trip to Belgium for their third Champions League group stage match against Anderlecht where Arsenal's third choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez made his Champions League debut, in replacement for suspended Wojciech Szczęsny and injured David Ospina. The match was also held on Arsène Wenger's birthday. The Gunners produced a poor performance during the match and it looked set to be a dismal day for Wenger when Anderlecht took the lead in the 71st minute. But Kieran Gibbs and substitute Lukas Podolski scored in the final minutes of the game to seal a 2–1 victory.[38] Their next game, on 25 October, was a league game away against Sunderland which resulted in a 2–0 win, with Alexis Sánchez capitalising on mistakes made by Wes Brown and former Arsenal goalkeeper, Vito Mannone.[39]

November[edit]

The next league game for Arsenal saw them dispatch Burnley in a 3–0 home victory with Alexis Sánchez scoring twice and taking his tally to ten goals in his first season with the club. Theo Walcott came off the bench after recovering from his injury last season.[40] After the game Arsène Wenger compared Sánchez with Luis Suárez during his post match interview. Arsenal's fourth Champions League group stage game was a massive disappointment. Arsenal played Anderlecht at home and were leading 3–0 but Anderlecht went on to draw with them 3–3.[41] Five days later, Arsenal took a trip to South Wales to face Swansea City in the league. Swansea came from 1–0 down to win 2–1 which led to a disappointing week of football for Arsenal.[42]

On 22 November, Arsenal played at the Emirates facing a Manchester United side that was under the management of Louis Van Gaal. Manchester United had a much weaker side, due to injuries, resulting in starts for inexperienced players such as Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett. Despite this, Arsenal still lost to them 1–2, following a decisive own goal by Kieran Gibbs and a goal via a counter attack from Wayne Rooney. Returning from his injury, Olivier Giroud came off the bench and scored in injury time but Arsenal could not find an equalizer. This defeat would deny Arsenal their Premier League title hopes as they suffered their first home defeat in the league this season. To make matters worse, Jack Wilshere ended up with an injury during the match and he remained sidelined for five months.[43] Four days later, Arsenal recovered from negativity as they progressed to the next round of the Champions League with a convincing 2–0 home win against Dortmund. Yaya Sanogo scored his first competitive goal for Arsenal after two minutes of the game and Alexis Sánchez also scored as he netted in his twelfth goal for the club.[44] Arsenal then beat West Brom away from home 1–0, courtesy of Danny Welbeck scoring an 'old-fashioned' header.[45]

December[edit]

On 3 December, Arsenal played at home with a comfortable 1–0 win against Southampton with Alexis Sánchez scoring his thirteenth goal for the club.[46] Three days later, Arsenal played against Stoke City away from home and lost 3–2. Former Liverpool player Peter Crouch gave Stoke the lead after only 19 seconds of the match. Bojan doubled Stoke's lead and Jon Walters added a third. Arsenal came back in the second half. Santi Cazorla scored from a penalty and Aaron Ramsey volleyed in from a Santi Cazorla corner. Calum Chambers was sent off after getting a second yellow card and with ten men, Arsenal could not find an equalizer. Hence, they were criticized on their train journey home.[47]

However, on 9 December, Arsenal bounced back with a 4–1 away win against Galatasaray in the final game of the group stage of the Champions League and during the match, Aaron Ramsey scored a tremendous 35-yard left-footed volley in the 29th minute. Mathieu Debuchy also returned to the starting line-up after three months out with his injury. Arsenal progressed to the next round of the Champions league as the runners-up of their group.[48] On 13 December, Santi Cazorla scored a brace on his 30th birthday as Arsenal thrashed Newcastle 4–1 at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud also scored a brace, showing his full fitness and his form.[49] On 21 December, Arsenal took on Premier League strugglers Liverpool at Anfield. In the match, Philippe Coutinho gave Liverpool the lead but Debuchy's first goal for Arsenal levelled the scoring. In the second half, Giroud gave Arsenal the lead but in the 97th minute of the match, Martin Škrtel gave Liverpool a late equaliser, despite having 10 men. The match ended a 2–2 draw.[50]

On Boxing Day, Arsenal played at home against Queens Park Rangers and won 2–1. Alexis Sánchez scored the first goal and Tomáš Rosický added the second after Olivier Giroud had been sent off after headbutting QPR defender Nedum Onuoha.[51] Two days later, Arsenal ended 2014 with a 2–1 away victory over West Ham United.[52]

January[edit]

In their opening game of 2015, Arsenal were upset as they lost 2–0 to Southampton away from home.[53] However, three days later, Arsenal bounced back in their FA Cup third round game, beating Hull 2–0 at the Emirates — a repeat of the 2014 FA Cup Final from last season. Per Mertesacker rose high to head in Alexis Sánchez's corner and Sánchez, himself, scored the second goal, thus progressing to the fourth round of the FA Cup as they hope to defend their FA Cup title from last year.[54] On 11 January, Arsenal played their next league game which was at home to Stoke. Arsenal won 3–0 with Sánchez being involved in all three goals, assisting Laurent Koscielny's header and scoring the two remaining goals to seal a comfortable victory. The match itself saw decent performances from Arsenal players who were used successfully for experimentation such as Francis Coquelin, Héctor Bellerín and goalkeeper David Ospina who would take over as Arsenal's Premier League first choice keeper for the rest of the season. The match also saw Mesut Özil coming on as a 72nd minute substitute, having returned from his injury.

On 18 January, Arsenal played against the league champions Manchester City away from home at the Etihad and convincingly beat them 2–0. Santi Cazorla converted a penalty and Olivier Giroud headed in from Santi Cazorla's free kick.[55] The win at Manchester City was the turning point of Arsenal's season as Arsène Wenger confirmed this victory as the best performance of their season. On 25 January, Arsenal were in FA Cup action for the fourth round, playing against Brighton away from home and prevailed 3–2 with goals from Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil and Tomáš Rosický, thus making it to the fifth round.[56]

Transfers[edit]

Arsenal agreed to send two first team players on loan in the January transfer window. On 5 January, Arsenal sent Lukas Podolski on loan to Inter for the remainder of the season. Podolski, himself, made only two starts and scored only three goals during the season, including a brace in a 4–1 away victory against Galatasaray in the Champions League group stage.[57] Elsewhere, on 13 January, Arsenal transferred Yaya Sanogo on loan to Crystal Palace also for the rest of the season. Sanogo scored only one goal for Arsenal, which was against Dortmund in the 2–0 Champions League home victory.[58]

On 21 January, Arsenal announced a minor signing of 17-year-old Polish teenager Krystian Bielik, from the Polish club Legia Warsaw, for a reported 2.4m. The deal was said to be only subject to the completion of regulatory processes.[59]

On 28 January, Arsenal announced the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista from the La Liga side Villarreal, for an undisclosed fee, reported 11.2m.[60] Gabriel is capable of playing as centre-back and he is also able to play as full-back. He was given the number 5 shirt, previously worn by Thomas Vermaelen who was signed by Barcelona during the pre-season. In addition, Arsenal's Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell was signed by Villarreal on loan, during the day before the signing of Gabriel from that club.[61] Therefore, the loan signing of Campbell to the Spanish club was in exchange for Gabriel to transfer to Arsenal.

February[edit]

The first day of February saw Arsenal dispatch Aston Villa 5–0 at home with goals from Olivier Giroud, Mesut Özil, Theo Walcott, a penalty from Santi Cazorla and a first goal in professional football from Héctor Bellerín.[62] The overall performance was perfect preparation for their North London Derby league match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. However, Arsenal then lost in that North London derby match on 7 February. Özil gave Arsenal a 1–0 lead but two goals from Harry Kane turned the match on its head as Tottenham won the London derby 2–1.[63]

On 10 February, Arsenal beat Leicester City 2–1 at the Emirates.[64] Five days later, Arsenal began their FA Cup fifth round match at home against Middlesbrough (who knocked out Manchester City in the fourth round). Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 2–0, with two goals both scored by Olivier Giroud. It was also a match in which Gabriel made his debut for the club.[65] Arsenal would go on to face Manchester United in the quarter-finals of this FA Cup. In the next penultimate weekend of league football, Arsenal travelled to the south of London and beat Crystal Palace 2–1.[66]

On 25 February, Arsenal played in the next round of the Champions League, after proceeding from the group stage as the runners-up. They played in the first leg at home against French club Monaco. Arsenal were handed a favourable draw when they were tied against the Ligue 1 side during the draw for this round and were highly expected to comfortably make it through the quarter-finals, considering that Monaco were perceived as an easy team to beat. However, an Arsenal performance that plumbed the depths of naivety and incompetence made them suffer a shock 3–1 defeat to the unsung French opposition. Geoffrey Kondogbia gave Monaco the lead when his long-range shot was deflected off Per Mertesacker. Then former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov doubled Monaco's lead after a simple counter attack. An injury time goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Arsenal hope but it proved to matter not when Monaco scored again as Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco scored in the final minute of injury time after another counter attack. This shock defeat would send Arsenal on the brink of Champions League elimination in this round once more.[67]

March[edit]

On the first day of March, Arsenal played against Everton at the Emirates. Arsenal were under pressure by their fans prior to the match after their miserable Champions League home defeat to Monaco. Nonetheless, Arsenal put their capitulation behind them as they beat Everton 2–0. The first goal came from Olivier Giroud, who struggled badly during their defeat to Monaco, missing every clear chance that came his way, but he managed to score the opening goal which delivered relief to the Arsenal fans. The second goal was scored by Tomáš Rosický after coming off the bench during the match as Arsenal were back in winning form.[68] Three days later, Arsenal travelled to the west of London and won against QPR 2–1 with goals from Giroud and Alexis Sánchez, the latter ending a run of seven games without a goal.[69]

On 9 March, Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals and Arsenal won 2–1. Danny Welbeck scored the winning goal to knock out his former club and send Arsenal into the semi-finals of the FA Cup for a record 28th time.[70] Five days later, Arsenal beat West Ham 3–0 at the Emirates. Goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini were perfect preparation in order to overturn the Champions League 3–1 deficit against Monaco.[71]

On 17 March, Arsenal took a trip to Monaco for their Champions League second leg match and needed to score at least three goals to progress to the quarter-finals of the European competition. Olivier Giroud scored the first goal of the match and Aaron Ramsey added a second. The Gunners had several other chances but could not find a third goal as the match ended 2–0, making it 3–3 on aggregate. Monaco went through to the quarter-finals due to the away goals rule as Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League at this round for the fifth consecutive season.[72] Their final game in March was a 2–1 away victory over Newcastle.[73]

April[edit]

Olivier Giroud was named as the Premier League Player of the Month, having scored in all Premier League games held in March, along with Arsène Wenger being named the Premier League Manager of the Month after managing Arsenal to victory in all Premier League games in March.[74] On 4 April, Arsenal played at home to Liverpool and convincingly thrashed them 4–1. Goals came from Héctor Bellerín, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Player of the Month, Giroud, thus giving Arsenal a very high possibility of finishing in the top four of the league.[75] Then on 11 April, they beat Burnley 1–0 away from home.[76]

Seven days later, Arsenal played in their FA Cup semi-final match against Championship side Reading at Wembley and Arsenal won the match 2–1. Alexis Sánchez gave Arsenal the lead in the 39th minute and then scored himself the winner in extra-time, sending Arsenal into the final of the FA Cup for a record 19th time.[77] Eight more days later, Arsenal played at home to Chelsea for their next league game. The match ended as a 0–0 draw, thus ending Arsenal's winning run of eight league games.[78]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Further information: Arsenal F.C. § Players
N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Poland Szczęsny, WojciechWojciech Szczęsny 25 EU 2007 181 0 undisclosed[79] Youth system
2 DF France Debuchy, MathieuMathieu Debuchy 29 EU 2014 15 1 undisclosed £12.0M[16]
3 DF England Gibbs, KieranKieran Gibbs 25 EU 2007 179 5 undisclosed[80] Youth system
4 DF Germany Mertesacker, PerPer Mertesacker 30 EU 2011 171 8 undisclosed[81] £8.0M[82]
5 DF Brazil Paulista, GabrielGabriel Paulista 24 Non-EU 2015 (Winter) 8 0 undisclosed[83] £11.3M[84]
6 DF France Koscielny, LaurentLaurent Koscielny 29 EU 2010 204 16 undisclosed[85] £8.5M[86]
7 MF Czech Republic Rosický, TomášTomáš Rosický 34 EU 2006 245 28 undisclosed[81] £6.8M[87]
8 MF Spain Arteta, MikelMikel Arteta 33 EU 2011 136 16 2015[88] £10.0M[89]
9 FW Germany Podolski, LukasLukas Podolski 29 EU 2012 82 31 2016[90] £10.9M[91] On loan to Internazionale
10 MF England Wilshere, JackJack Wilshere 23 EU 2008 154 12 2018[92] Youth system
11 MF Germany Özil, MesutMesut Özil 26 EU 2013 72 12 undisclosed[93] £42.5M[94][95][96]
12 FW France Giroud, OlivierOlivier Giroud 28 EU 2012 134 58 undisclosed[97] £12.8M[98]
13 GK Colombia Ospina, DavidDavid Ospina 26 Non-EU 2014 23 0 undisclosed[17] £3.2M[18]
14 FW England Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott 26 EU 2006 (Winter) 302 76 undisclosed[99] £9.0M[100]
15 MF England Oxlade-Chamberlain, AlexAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain 21 EU 2011 116 12 undisclosed[101] £12.0M[102]
16 MF Wales Ramsey, AaronAaron Ramsey 24 EU 2008 225 37 undisclosed[103] £4.8M[104]
17 FW Chile Sánchez, AlexisAlexis Sánchez 26 Non-EU 2014 52 25 undisclosed[13] £30.0M[14]
18 DF Spain Monreal, NachoNacho Monreal 29 EU 2013 (Winter) 86 2 undisclosed[105] £8.5M[106]
19 MF Spain Cazorla, SantiSanti Cazorla 30 EU 2012 148 27 undisclosed[103] £12.0M[107]
20 MF France Flamini, MathieuMathieu Flamini 31 EU 2013 222 11 undisclosed[108] Free[108]
21 DF England Chambers, CalumCalum Chambers 20 EU 2014 36 1 undisclosed[21] £11.0m[19]
22 FW France Sanogo, YayaYaya Sanogo 22 EU 2013 20 1 undisclosed[109] Free[109] On loan to Crystal Palace
23 FW England Welbeck, DannyDanny Welbeck 24 EU 2014 34 8 2019 £16.0M
24 MF France Diaby, AbouAbou Diaby 29 EU 2006 (Winter) 180 19 2015[110] £2.0M[111]
25 DF England Jenkinson, CarlCarl Jenkinson 23 EU 2011 57 1 undisclosed[112] £1.0M[113] On loan to West Ham United
26 GK Argentina Martínez, DamiánDamián Martínez 22 Non-EU 2010 8 0 undisclosed Youth system
27 FW Germany Gnabry, SergeSerge Gnabry 19 EU 2012 19 1 undisclosed[114] Youth system
28 FW Costa Rica Campbell, JoelJoel Campbell 22 Non-EU 2011 10 0 undisclosed[115] £0.9M[116] On loan to Villarreal
31 FW Japan Miyaichi, RyoRyo Miyaichi 22 Non-EU 2011 (Winter) 7 0 undisclosed[117] Free On loan to F.C. Twente
34 MF France Coquelin, FrancisFrancis Coquelin 24 EU 2008 73 0 undisclosed[118] Youth system
35 MF United States Zelalem, GedionGedion Zelalem 18 EU 2013 2 0 undisclosed[103] Youth system
36 MF Poland Bielik, KrystianKrystian Bielik 17 EU 2015 (Winter) 0 0 undisclosed[119] £2.5M[119]
38 FW England Akpom, ChubaChuba Akpom 19 EU 2013 9 0 undisclosed Youth system
39 DF Spain Bellerín, HéctorHéctor Bellerín 20 EU 2013 29 2 undisclosed Youth system
42 DF England Hayden, IsaacIsaac Hayden 20 EU 2013 2 0 undisclosed Youth system
  • Last updated: 30 May 2015
  • Source: Arsenal F.C. and footballdatabase.com (for EU passport, country as international player, contract ending and transfer fee)
  • Ordered by squad number.

UEFA Reserve squad[edit]

As of 10 February 2015.[120][121]

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

No. Position Player
43 England GK Ryan Huddart
44 Republic of Macedonia GK Dejan Iliev
45 England FW Alex Iwobi
47 Finland MF Glen Kamara
52 England DF Tafari Moore
54 England DF Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill
64 England DF George Dobson
No. Position Player
67 England FW Kaylen Hinds
68 England DF Chiori Johnson
70 England MF Ainsley Maitland-Niles
73 England DF Stefan O'Connor
74 England MF Tyrell Robinson
77 England FW Chris Willock

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

# Position: Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
DF Greece Elias Chatzitheodoridis Greece Mas Kallitheakos Undisclosed 6 June 2014 Academy [122]
MF England Ben Sheaf England West Ham United Undisclosed 2 July 2014 Academy [123]
GK Finland Hugo Keto Finland HJK Helsinki Undisclosed 4 July 2014 Academy [124]
17 FW Chile Alexis Sánchez Spain Barcelona Undisclosed (~ £30,000,000)[14] 10 July 2014 First team [13]
2 DF France Mathieu Debuchy England Newcastle United Undisclosed (~ £12,000,000)[16] 17 July 2014 First team [15]
13 GK Colombia David Ospina France Nice Undisclosed (~ £3,200,000)[18] 27 July 2014 First team [17]
21 DF England Calum Chambers England Southampton Undisclosed (~ £16,000,000)[19] 28 July 2014 First team [21]
23 FW England Danny Welbeck England Manchester United Undisclosed (~ £16,000,000) 2 September 2014 First team [125]
36 MF Poland Krystian Bielik Poland Legia Warsaw Undisclosed (~ £2,400,000) 21 January 2015 First team [126]
5 DF Brazil Gabriel Paulista Spain Villarreal Undisclosed (~ £11,300,000) 28 January 2015 First team [127]

Loans in[edit]

# Position Player Loaned from Date Loan expires Team Source

Total spending: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £85,800,000)

Transfers out[edit]

#[1] Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Team Source
43 DF England Zachari Fagan England Welling United Free transfer (Released) 20 May 2014 Reserves [128][129]
21 GK Poland Łukasz Fabiański Wales Swansea City Free transfer (End of contract)[2] 29 May 2014 First team [130]
39 FW Ghana Zak Ansah England Charlton Athletic Free transfer (Released) 9 June 2014 Reserves [128][131]
3 DF France Bacary Sagna England Manchester City Free transfer (End of contract)[2] 13 June 2014 First team [8]
38 MF England Chuks Aneke Belgium Zulte Waregem Free transfer (Released) 21 June 2014 Reserves [12]
41 DF England Daniel Boateng Bosnia and Herzegovina Olimpic [a] Free transfer (Released) 1 July 2014 Reserves [128]
30 FW South Korea Park Chu-Young Saudi Arabia Al Shabab Free transfer (Released) 1 July 2014 First team [128][134]
42 MF Germany Thomas Eisfeld England Fulham Undisclosed 23 July 2014 Reserves [135]
55 DF Germany Leander Siemann Portugal Porto B Free transfer (Released) 2 August 2014 Reserves [128][136]
DF Switzerland Johan Djourou Germany Hamburg Undisclosed (~ £2,500,000)[137] 7 August 2014 First team [138]
5 DF Belgium Thomas Vermaelen Spain Barcelona Undisclosed (~ £15,000,000)[139] 9 August 2014 First team [140]
23 FW Denmark Nicklas Bendtner Germany Wolfsburg Free transfer (Released) 15 August 2014 First team [128][141]
51 DF Spain Ignasi Miquel England Norwich City Undisclosed (~ £1,500,000)[142] 1 September 2014 Reserves [143]
53 MF Sweden Kristoffer Olsson Denmark FC Midtjylland Undisclosed 6 January 2015 Reserves [144]
36 FW England Benik Afobe England Wolverhampton Wanderers Undisclosed (~ £2,000,000)[145] 14 January 2015 Reserves [146]
Position Player Rights sold to Rights Fee Date Rights Sold Source
MF Spain Cesc Fàbregas England Chelsea Undisclosed (~ £5,600,000)[147] 13 June 2014 Buy-back option[3] [147][148]
FW Mexico Carlos Vela Spain Real Sociedad Undisclosed (~ £12,000,000)[10] 24 June 2014 Buy-back option[4] [11]
  1. ^ Shirt numbers are according to Arsenal at the time of the player's departure from the club[149][150]
  2. ^ "End of contract" indicates the club had not released the player according to official club rosters provided to the Premier League on 23 May 2014,[151] but had since been unable to agree a new contract with the player, allowing their bosman transfer to another club.
  3. ^ Arsenal reportedly received a fee of £5.6m from the sale of Fàbregas to Chelsea, as the club did not activate the "first-option buy-back" clause to re-sign their former captain from Barcelona.
  4. ^ The sale of the buy-back option meant that Real Sociedad have full control of the player, with Arsenal no longer having a pre-determined fee enabling Vela to rejoin the club
    1. ^ Following Boateng's release on 1 July 2014, he later signed for Olimpic on 15 January 2015.[132][133]

Loans out[edit]

# Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Team Source
58 FW Brazil Wellington Silva Spain Almería 21 July 2014 30 June 2015 Reserves [152]
25 DF England Carl Jenkinson England West Ham United 31 July 2014 30 June 2015 First team [153]
36 FW England Benik Afobe England Milton Keynes Dons 4 August 2014 14 January 2015 Reserves [154][155]
48 FW England Austin Lipman England Boreham Wood 7 August 2014 30 June 2015 Reserves [156]
56 MF Spain Jon Toral England Brentford 15 August 2014 30 June 2015 Reserves [157]
31 FW Japan Ryo Miyaichi Netherlands Twente 1 September 2014 30 June 2015 First team [158]
53 MF Sweden Kristoffer Olsson Denmark FC Midtjylland 2 September 2014 31 December 2014 Reserves [159]
46 MF England Jack Jebb England Stevenage 16 October 2014 17 January 2015 Reserves [160][161]
34 MF France Francis Coquelin England Charlton Athletic 3 November 2014 12 December 2014 First team [162][163][164]
57 GK England Josh Vickers England Concord Rangers 7 November 2014 30 June 2015 Reserves [165][166]
9 FW Germany Lukas Podolski Italy Internazionale 5 January 2015 30 June 2015 First team [167]
49 GK England Matt Macey England Accrington Stanley 8 January 2015 7 February 2015 Reserves [168]
22 FW France Yaya Sanogo England Crystal Palace 13 January 2015 30 June 2015 First team [169]
28 FW Costa Rica Joel Campbell Spain Villarreal 27 January 2015 30 June 2015 First team [170]
26 GK Argentina Damián Martínez England Rotherham United 20 March 2015 20 May 2015 First team [171]
37 DF Nigeria Semi Ajayi Wales Cardiff City 25 March 2015 30 June 2015 Reserves [172]
38 FW England Chuba Akpom England Nottingham Forest 26 March 2015 30 June 2015 First team [173]
46 MF England Jack Jebb England Stevenage 26 March 2015 30 June 2015 Reserves [174]

Total incoming: Increase Undisclosed (~ £38,600,000)

Overall transfer activity[edit]

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

This is Arsène Wenger's 19th season with Arsenal.
Position Staff
Manager France Arsène Wenger[6]
Assistant manager England Steve Bould
First team coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Boro Primorac
England Neil Banfield
Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton
Fitness coach England Tony Colbert
England Craig Gant
England Andrew Rolls
Physiotherapist England Colin Lewin
England Ben Ashworth
England Declan Lynch (Leaving at end of season)
Kit manager England Paul Johnson
England Vic Akers
England Paul Akers
Masseur England Darren Page
England Chris Harvey
England Chris Senior
Performance analyst England Ben Knapper
Head of athletic performance enhancement United States Shad Forsythe
Club doctor Republic of Ireland Gary O'Driscoll
Chief scout England Steve Rowley

Last updated: 1 September 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Puma / Sponsor: Fly Emirates

Home
Home alt.
Away
Away alt.
Away alt. 2
Third
Third alt.
Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper 3

Kit information[edit]

Puma are the new club's kit supplier this season, ending a 20-year partnership with the previous supplier Nike.

  • Home The new home kit, Representing 'Forever' stays true to the traditional red-and-white Arsenal colours that first appeared in 1933. Inspired by the strong and loyal fanbase Arsenal has built over the years, the round-neck shirt has a red body and white sleeves and is paired with white shorts and red-and-white hooped socks. Which is the most distinctive feature of the kit. The hooped socks are inspired by Herbert Chapman, who famously changed the kit in the mid 1930s. The home kit was presented by Mikel Arteta.[175]
  • Away The new away kit, Representing 'Victorious' is the theme of the away shirt, designed in the iconic yellow and navy blue colours worn by Arsenal during some of the most famous Gunners' away victories away, including the FA Cup final in 1971 and 1979 wins, and the title-winning victory at Anfield in 1989. The V-neck shirt features a yellow body with blue sleeves, blue shorts and blue-and-yellow hooped socks. The away kit was presented by Santi Cazorla.[176]
  • Third The new third kit, Representing 'Future' blue and lime green cup kit will be worn by Arsenal away from home in cup competitions, including the Champions League and FA Cup. It symbolises the desire for innovation and progression that has driven the club through its history, and features a button-down collared shirt with blue and sky blue striped panels across the body. The kit also features blue shorts and two-tone blue hooped socks. The third kit was presented by Mathieu Flamini.[177]
  • Keeper The three goalkeeper kit are based on Puma's Statement template, which features a unique all-over print. The home kit is black, while the away kit is green and the third kit is orange.

Other information[edit]

The Emirates Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Premier League.
Chairman England Sir Chips Keswick
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Emirates Stadium (60,355 / 113x76 metres)

Last updated: 30 May 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Key

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute. Players with number struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.

As of 30 May 2015
No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK  POL Wojciech Szczęsny 17 0 5 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 29 0
2 DF  FRA Mathieu Debuchy 10 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 15 1
3 DF  ENG Kieran Gibbs 18 (4) 0 3 0 0 0 6 (1) 1 1 0 28 (5) 1
4 DF  GER Per Mertesacker 35 0 4 2 0 0 9 0 0 0 48 2
5 DF  BRA Gabriel 4 (2) 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 (3) 0
6 DF  FRA Laurent Koscielny 26 (1) 3 5 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 38 (1) 3
7 MF  CZE Tomáš Rosický 5 (10) 1 2 (1) 1 1 0 0 (4) 0 0 (1) 0 8 (16) 3
8 MF  ESP Mikel Arteta 6 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 11 (1) 1
9 FW  GER Lukas Podolski 0 (7) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (4) 3 0 0 2 (11) 3
10 MF  ENG Jack Wilshere 9 (5) 2 0 (1) 0 1 0 4 (1) 0 1 0 15 (7) 2
11 MF  GER Mesut Özil 21 (1) 4 5 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 31 (1) 5
12 FW  FRA Olivier Giroud 21 (6) 14 2 (3) 3 0 0 3 1 0 (1) 1 26 (10) 19
13 GK  COL David Ospina 18 0 1 0 1 0 2 (1) 0 0 0 22 (1) 0
14 FW  ENG Theo Walcott 4 (10) 5 3 (2) 2 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 7 (14) 7
15 MF  ENG Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 17 (6) 1 1 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 5 (4) 2 0 (1) 0 23 (14) 3
16 MF  WAL Aaron Ramsey 23 (6) 6 3 (1) 0 0 0 6 (1) 3 1 1 33 (8) 10
17 FW  CHI Alexis Sánchez 34 (1) 16 5 (1) 4 1 1 9 4 1 0 50 (2) 25
18 DF  ESP Nacho Monreal 26 (2) 0 4 1 0 0 6 0 0 (1) 0 36 (3) 1
19 MF  ESP Santi Cazorla 33 (4) 7 5 0 0 (1) 0 8 (1) 0 1 1 47 (6) 8
20 MF  FRA Mathieu Flamini 15 (8) 1 2 0 0 0 4 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 21 (12) 1
21 DF  ENG Calum Chambers 17 (6) 1 3 (1) 0 1 0 6 (1) 0 1 0 28 (8) 1
22 FW  FRA Yaya Sanogo 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 5 (1) 1
23 FW  ENG Danny Welbeck 18 (7) 4 3 1 0 0 6 3 0 0 27 (7) 8
24 MF  FRA Abou Diaby 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 GK  ARG Emiliano Martínez 3 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 (1) 0
27 FW  GER Serge Gnabry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 FW  CRI Joel Campbell 0 (4) 0 1 0 1 0 1 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 3 (7) 0
34 MF  FRA Francis Coquelin 19 (3) 0 4 (1) 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 26 (4) 0
35 MF  GER Gedion Zelalem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
36 MF  POL Krystian Bielik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 FW  ENG Chuba Akpom 0 (3) 0 0 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (7) 0
39 DF  ESP Héctor Bellerín 17 (3) 2 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 25 (3) 2
42 DF  ENG Isaac Hayden 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
70 MF  ENG Ainsley Maitland-Niles 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (3) 0
73 DF  ENG Stefan O'Connor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0

Source:[178]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 30 May 2015
Place Position Nationality Number Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
1 FW Chile 17 Alexis Sánchez 16 4 1 4 0 25
2 FW France 12 Olivier Giroud 14 3 0 1 1 19
3 MF Wales 16 Aaron Ramsey 6 0 0 3 1 10
4 MF Spain 19 Santi Cazorla 7 0 0 0 1 8
FW England 23 Danny Welbeck 4 1 0 3 0 8
6 FW England 14 Theo Walcott 5 2 0 0 0 7
7 MF Germany 11 Mesut Özil 4 1 0 0 0 5
8 DF France 6 Laurent Koscielny 3 0 0 0 0 3
MF England 15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1 0 0 2 0 3
FW Germany 9 Lukas Podolski 0 0 0 3 0 3
MF Czech Republic 7 Tomáš Rosický 2 1 0 0 0 3
12 DF Spain 39 Héctor Bellerín 2 0 0 0 0 2
DF Germany 4 Per Mertesacker 0 2 0 0 0 2
MF England 10 Jack Wilshere 2 0 0 0 0 2
15 MF Spain 8 Mikel Arteta 0 0 0 1 0 1
DF England 21 Calum Chambers 1 0 0 0 0 1
DF France 2 Mathieu Debuchy 1 0 0 0 0 1
MF France 20 Mathieu Flamini 1 0 0 0 0 1
DF England 3 Kieran Gibbs 0 0 0 1 0 1
DF Spain 18 Nacho Monreal 0 1 0 0 0 1
FW France 22 Yaya Sanogo 0 0 0 1 0 1
Own Goals 2 0 0 0 0 2
TOTALS 71 15 1 19 3 109

Source:[178]

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of 30 May 2015
Number Nationality Position Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
21 England DF Calum Chambers 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 1
16 Wales MF Aaron Ramsey 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 1
12 France FW Olivier Giroud 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
2 France DF Mathieu Debuchy 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1
1 Poland GK Wojciech Szczęsny 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1
39 Spain DF Héctor Bellerín 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
34 France MF Francis Coquelin 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
20 France MF Mathieu Flamini 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
18 Spain DF Nacho Monreal 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
17 Chile FW Alexis Sánchez 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
10 England MF Jack Wilshere 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
19 Spain MF Santi Cazorla 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
6 France DF Laurent Koscielny 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
15 England MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
23 England FW Danny Welbeck 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
3 England DF Kieran Gibbs 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
8 Spain MF Mikel Arteta 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
11 Germany MF Mesut Özil 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
5 Brazil DF Gabriel Paulista 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
7 Czech Republic MF Tomáš Rosický 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
9 Germany FW Lukas Podolski 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 62 2 6 0 2 0 18 3 0 0 91 5

Source:[178]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
FA Community Shield Final Winners 10 August 2014
Premier League 3rd 16 August 2014 24 May 2015
League Cup Third round Third round 23 September 2014 23 September 2014
FA Cup Third round Winners 4 January 2015 30 May 2015
UEFA Champions League Play-off round Round of 16 19 August 2014 17 March 2015

Last updated: 30 May 2015
Source: Competitions

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Last updated: 8 August 2014
Source:Arsenal F.C.

FA Community Shield[edit]

Last updated: 10 August 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 26 9 3 73 32 +41 87 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 38 24 7 7 83 38 +45 79
3 Arsenal 38 22 9 7 71 36 +35 75
4 Manchester United 38 20 10 8 62 37 +25 70 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 19 7 12 58 53 +5 64 Qualification to Europa League group stage[a]
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since winners of the 2014–15 FA Cup, Arsenal, and winners of the 2014–15 Football League Cup, Chelsea, qualified for the Champions League based on league position, the spot awarded to the FA Cup winner (Europa League group stage) is passed to sixth-placed team, Liverpool, and the spot awarded to the League Cup winner (Europa League third qualifying round) is passed to the seventh-placed team, Southampton, since those teams were the first teams in the table not already qualified for any European competition.

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 22 9 7 71 36 +35 75 12 5 2 41 14 +27 10 4 5 30 22 +8

Last updated: 24 May 2015.
Source: Premier League

Results by matchday[edit]

Matchday 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 A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H
Result W D D D W D L D W W L L W W L W D W W L W W W L W W W W W W W W D W L D D W
Position 1 3 7 7 4 4 8 6 5 4 6 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 5 5 5 6 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3

Last updated: 24 May 2015.
Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Last updated: 24 May 2015
Source: Arsenal F.C.
Note: Premier League fixtures not listed due to copyright

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014–15 FA Cup

Last updated: 30 May 2015
Source: Arsenal F.C.

League Cup[edit]

Last updated: 23 September 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Play-off round[edit]

Last updated: 27 August 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DOR ARS AND GAL
1 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 4 1 1 14 4 +10 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–1 4–1
2 England Arsenal 6 4 1 1 15 8 +7 13 2–0 3–3 4–1
3 Belgium Anderlecht 6 1 3 2 8 10 −2 6 Transfer to Europa League 0–3 1–2 2–0
4 Turkey Galatasaray 6 0 1 5 4 19 −15 1 0–4 1–4 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Last updated: 17 March 2015
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Awards[edit]

Arsenal Player of the Month award[edit]

Awarded monthly to the player that was chosen by fan voting on Arsenal.com

Month Player Votes
August England Calum Chambers 34.8%[180]
September Chile Alexis Sánchez 48.8%[181]
October Chile Alexis Sánchez 90.1%[182]
November Chile Alexis Sánchez 74.4%[183]
December Spain Santi Cazorla 52.8%[184]
January Spain Santi Cazorla 61.6%[185]
February Germany Mesut Özil 33.5%[186]
March France Olivier Giroud 73.7%[187]
April Germany Mesut Özil 36%[188]

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