2017–18 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
2017–18 season
Chairman Sir Chips Keswick
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 6th
Community Shield Winners
FA Cup Third round
EFL Cup Runners-up
UEFA Europa League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Alexandre Lacazette (14)

All:
Alexandre Lacazette (17)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2017–18 season was Arsenal's 26th in the Premier League and 98th consecutive season in the top flight of English football. The club participated in the Premier League, the FA Cup (as holders), the EFL Cup, and the UEFA Europa League.

This was the first season that Arsenal was not participating in the UEFA Champions League since 1997–98. It was the first time they have played in the UEFA Europa League since its rebranding, having last participated in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup. The season was the 21st straight and final season under manager Arsène Wenger, who announced his departure from the club on 20 April 2018.[1] This season covered the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Review[edit]

July[edit]

Arsenal took a 25-man squad to play in Australia. The squad included seven under-23s, including Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock, plus both new signings Sead Kolašinac and Alexandre Lacazette. The first match was on 13 July, which was a 2–0 win over Sydney FC, where captain Per Mertesacker scored an overhead kick and Lacazette scored a debut goal after coming on as a substitute. Two days later, Arsenal faced a second Sydney side, Western Sydney Wanderers, in front of 83,000 people. Arsenal won 3–1 after first-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny. Arsenal then travelled to China to face Bayern Munich in Shanghai in the International Champions Cup. Alex Iwobi scored an equaliser in the dying seconds of the match, which Arsenal would win on penalties 3–2. The 25-man squad travelled up to Beijing to face Premier League rivals Chelsea. The Blues won rather convincingly, scoring three times. On 29 and 30 July, the Emirates Cup was held. Arsenal, Benfica, RB Leipzig and Sevilla all took part in the tournament, which Arsenal won after a 5–2 win over Benfica, but a 2–1 loss to Sevilla. Over the tournament, Theo Walcott was the top scorer with two goals, both against Benfica. Giroud and Iwobi also scored one each against Benfica, while Lacazette scored one against Sevilla.

August[edit]

Arsenal concluded their pre-season in the Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser in English football. New signing Alexandre Lacazette hit the post on his competitive debut in a first half that saw Per Mertesacker replaced after a facial injury, with new signing Sead Kolašinac making his competitive debut as Mertesacker's replacement. After an end to the first half that yielded no goals, Chelsea took an early second half lead through Victor Moses, his close-range strike coming from a poorly defended corner. Several saved shots made it appear Arsenal were going to suffer defeat, until a rash challenge by Chelsea winger Pedro saw him sent off. The resulting free-kick was headed in by Kolašinac for a debut goal, and forced a penalty shootout. Arsenal were victorious 4–1 through goals by Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud, with Thibaut Courtois and Álvaro Morata missing penalties in the shootout that introduced the ABBA format. The result secured Arsenal's third FA Community Shield in four seasons.

Arsenal began their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester City, with the Gunners having lost their last two openers, both at home to West Ham and Liverpool. The record looked to be extended when Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki scored for the Foxes after a record equaling 94th-second opener from new signing Lacazette, opening his league debut with his first competitive Arsenal goal with only his second touch of the game. Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level in the last minute of first half stoppage time, but Vardy scored a second ten minutes into the second half to put Leicester ahead once more. The Gunners looked set to lose their first match to the Foxes since 1994 when the final ten minutes approached, but a five-minute period of pressure yielded two goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud to make it 4–3, which the Gunners held on to for only their second opening day victory since 2012.

However, Arsenal's form slipped as August began to end. They suffered a 1–0 defeat against Stoke City after a poor defensive performance and a controversially disallowed goal from Alexandre Lacazette. The poor defence form continued as they were crushed 4–0 by Liverpool and failed to register a single shot on target, sending them near the relegation zone, despite the returns of suspended defender Laurent Koscielny and injured forward Alexis Sánchez.

September[edit]

Arsenal began September with a 3–0 win over Bournemouth at home in the Premier League. Danny Welbeck scored either side of Alexandre Lacazette for an emphatic win. Five days on the Gunners would play in the Europa League having failed to secure a place for the usual Champions League. They played at home to German minnows FC Cologne and horrendously conceded a 40-yard goal as an unfortunate consequence of a mistake by second choice goalkeeper David Ospina thus were booed off the pitch at half time. However Arsenal responded in the second half. Sead Kolašinac volleyed in the equaliser then Alexis Sánchez scored to give the Gunners the lead and Héctor Bellerín added a third as the match ended 3–1 in Arsenal's favour. Moreover, the match saw Jack Wilshere return for his first Gunners appearance in over a year. On 17 September Arsenal resumed the Premier League campaign as they played against champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The match ended 0–0 despite Aaron Ramsey hitting the post and Chelsea defender David Luiz being sent off on 87 minutes. Three days later Arsenal played in the League Cup third round against League One team Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates. Theo Walcott scored the only goal of the match to send the Gunners into the fourth round but it was an unconvincing performance by Arsenal as they only managed a 1–0 win over a third tier team. On 25 September Arsenal were at home to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. The Gunners won 2–0 with Lacazette scoring both goals. To end September Arsenal played the second Europa League match of this season. They took the trip to Belarus and won 4–2 against BATE Borisov. Walcott scored two before a first Arsenal goal for Rob Holding as well as Olivier Giroud's 100th goal for Arsenal as the Gunners took those three points to England.

October[edit]

On the 1st of October the Gunners played the 7th league match of the season against newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates. Arsenal won the match 2–0 thanks to goals by Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi. Two weeks on following an international break the Gunners were away to Watford. Captain Per Mertesacker gave the Gunners a first half lead but Watford went on to win 2–1: during the second half Troy Deeney converted a penalty which was controversially given by referee Neil Swarbrick. Then in stoppage time former Manchester United and Everton player Tom Cleverley gave Watford the win. On 19 October Arsenal made the trip to Serbia for the third Europa League match against Red Star Belgrade. The Gunners won 1–0 with Olivier Giroud scoring an exceptional overhead kick. Three days sooner Arsenal went to Goodison Park to face struggling Everton. During the first half the out-of-form Toffees took the lead through a shot by Wayne Rooney just outside the 18-yard box but Arsenal equalised with Monreal's rebounded shot five minutes before the break. In the second half Mesut Özil got his first goal of the season, heading home Alexis Sánchez's cross. Then 15 minutes later Everton's Idrissa Gueye was sent off for two yellow cards, which proved to set up the Merseyside team's capitulation as goals by Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey put Arsenal 4–1 up. In stoppage time Oumar Niasse scored to give Everton hope following a mistake by Petr Čech who miscontrolled a tame back pass by Monreal. But then Sánchez scored a fifth goal for Arsenal in the final minute of stoppage time as the match ended 5–2 to the Gunners. Only two days later Arsenal played in the League Cup fourth round at home to Championship team Norwich City. During the first half Norwich grabbed a shock 1–0 lead as the Gunners were booed off on the half time whistle. However, on 85 minutes youngster Eddie Nketiah went off the bench to score an equaliser for Arsenal — his first goal on his home debut — as the match went to extra time where Nketiah scored once more for Arsenal, heading in a set piece delivery to put them 2–1 up. The match ultimately ended 2–1 to take the Gunners into the fifth round. The final match of this October was in the Premier League at home to Swansea City. The Gunners were embarrassed to be 1–0 down at half time for a second consecutive home match but they went on to win 2–1 with goals by Sead Kolašinac and Ramsey to keep the three points in Arsenal's favour.

November[edit]

The Gunners played the fourth Europa League match at home to Red Star Belgrade on 2 November but they lacked a cutting edge as they drew 0–0. Next they faced league leaders Manchester City at the Etihad in the Premier League. The Gunners were outplayed from the beginning to end: Kevin De Bruyne handed City the lead and a controversial penalty by Sergio Agüero put them 2–0 up. Sub Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope but then Gabriel Jesus scored a third Manchester City goal to end the match 3–1 to City. On 18 November following the international break it was North London derby day in the league as the Gunners played at home to Tottenham. Arsenal won the match 2–0 with first half goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sánchez to give the Gunners' first win over Tottenham in the league since 2014. Five days on Arsenal took the trip to Germany as they played the fifth match of the Europa League schedule against Cologne but despite the Gunners' heavy momentum on the back of the North London derby win they suffered a humiliating 1–0 defeat by the Bundesliga bottom team. Three days sooner Arsenal were away to Burnley in the league. Only a stoppage time penalty by Alexis Sánchez would give the Gunners the lead as the match ended 1–0 to Arsenal. The final match of November would see them play newly promoted Huddersfield at home in the Premier League. Mesut Özil produced a dazzling performance as Arsenal won 5–0 with Alexandre Lacazette scoring the opener, Olivier Giroud scoring the second and fifth, Sánchez scoring the third and Özil himself scoring the fourth. The big win meant that Arsenal would have huge momentum going into the next Premier League match to be played in December — a big one at home to Manchester United.

December[edit]

Unfortunately Arsenal ended up losing 3–1 to Manchester United. Antonio Valencia gave the visitors an early 4th-minute lead then, only 7 minutes later, Jesse Lingard made it 2–0. The Gunners tried to take a goal back before half-time as they dominated much of the first half but United goalkeeper David de Gea produced an outstanding performance to stop them doing this. Alexandre Lacazette hit the bar and just before the break De Gea made a point-blank save to prevent United conceding an own goal. During the second half on 49 minutes the Gunners finally got a goal back as Lacazette made it 2–1 but then, with 27 minutes remaining, Lingard scored a third for United as the Arsenal defence was exposed during a United counterattack. In the 74th minute Paul Pogba was sent off for a rash challenge but it never proved to change the match as Manchester United won 3–1 and took the three points to Manchester. On 7 December Arsenal bounced back as they hammered BATE Borisov 6–0 in the final Europa League group stage match with goals by Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Elneny as well as an own goal by one of the BATE Borisov players. The Gunners topped the group and would go on to face Swedish team Östersund in the round of 32 of the Europa League which would be held in February. On 10 December Arsenal went to the South Coast to face Southampton in the league but could only manage a 1–1 draw. Three days later the Gunners faced West Ham United away from home in the Premier League but the match yielded no goals. Three more days later the Gunners played against Newcastle United at the Emirates in a third consecutive Premier League match. The match ended 1–0 to Arsenal with Mesut Özil scoring a stunning volley. On 19 December the Gunners played in the fifth round of the League Cup against West Ham at home. Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the match to send the Gunners into the semi finals. On 22 December, three days before Christmas, Arsenal faced Liverpool at the Emirates in the Premier League. Philippe Coutinho gave the visitors a first half lead then, 7 minutes into the second half, Mohamed Salah made it 2–0 to Liverpool. However Arsenal responded in quick fashion as they scored three goals in five minutes. Goals by Alexis Sánchez, Granit Xhaka and Özil turned the match round as they lead 3–2 but then on 71 minutes Roberto Firmino scored a third Liverpool goal to equalise. No further goals occurred as the match ended 3–3 with some describing it as the match of the season. On 28 December the Gunners were away to Crystal Palace in the league and earned a hard fought 3–2 win with Shkodran Mustafi scoring the opener and Sánchez scoring a brace. Arsenal's final match of 2017 was in the Premier League at West Brom. Baggies midfielder James McClean deflected Sánchez's free kick into his own net to give the Gunners a 1–0 lead on 83 minutes but then Arsenal conceded an 89th-minute penalty which was controversially and wrongly given by referee Mike Dean as the match concluded as a 1–1 draw. 2017 ended in disappointment for the Gunners.

January[edit]

The Gunners' first match of the year saw them play at home to Chelsea in the league. The match yielded no goals during the first half but the deadlock was broken by Arsenal 27 minutes before the end. Jack Wilshere put the Gunners into the lead but it lasted only four minutes and Chelsea turned the game round: Eden Hazard scored a penalty and on 84 minutes Marcos Alonso made it 2–1 to Chelsea. It seemed that it was determined for Chelsea to go on and win the match but then in the second minute of stoppage time Arsenal grabbed a late equaliser through Héctor Bellerín. In the dying moments Chelsea nearly bagged a winning goal but Davide Zappacosta hit the woodwork. The match ended 2–2. On 7 January the Gunners began the FA Cup campaign and played in the third round against Nottingham Forest who were troubled and had no manager. Arsenal who were the defending champions of the competition were expected to win this tie comfortably against a team whom they hammered in the League Cup last season but it turned out that the match was a giant killing: Arsenal were humiliated 4–2 by the Championship team and were knocked out of the FA Cup for the first time under Arsène Wenger. Three days later the Gunners played in the League Cup semi final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The match was dull and below par and no goals occurred. On 14 January Arsenal resumed the Premier League campaign at Bournemouth. Bellerín gave the Gunners the lead on 52 minutes but Bournemouth went on to win 2–1: a mistake by Petr Čech enabled former Liverpool player Jordon Ibe to equalise in the 70th minute and only four minutes later Callum Wilson struck the winner. On 20 January the Gunners played the next Premier League match at home to Crystal Palace and won 4–1 with first half goals by Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette. Four days on Arsenal faced Chelsea at the Emirates in the second leg of the League Cup semi final. During the first half Eden Hazard gave the visitors the lead but the Gunners equalised with Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger diverting Monreal's effort into his own net. Twenty minutes into the second half Granit Xhaka put Arsenal in front and they went on to win 2–1 thus sending the Gunners into the final of the League Cup where they would face Manchester City. On 30 January Arsenal's optimism and enthusiasm were dampened suffering a shock 3–1 defeat at Swansea City in the Premier League – a match which involved a second mistake by Petr Čech of the month. The Czech goalkeeper had failed to keep a clean sheet in seven league matches and was aiming to earn his 200th in the Premier League.

February[edit]

On 3 February the Gunners played in the Premier League at home to Everton — a match where Arsenal handed home debuts and first starts for January signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, both of whom played together previously for Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal won the match 5–1 with Mkhitaryan bagging three assists, Aaron Ramsey scoring a hat-trick and Aubameyang scoring one. It felt like a new beginning for Arsenal with those new signings — and Mesut Özil's new contract — but it never seemed to be different on 9 February: the Gunners faced Tottenham at Wembley in a Premier League North London derby and lost 1–0 thanks to a goal by Harry Kane. Five days on Arsenal would play the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 at Swedish team Östersund where the Gunners prevailed 3–0. The next Arsenal match would be the second leg of the round at the Emirates where Östersund rallied scoring two goals in the first half. One more goal would even the tie but then in the second half Sead Kolašinac sent the Gunners back into the comfort zone making it 4–2 on aggregate. Arsenal progressed into the next round of the Europa League despite the shock 2–1 home defeat by the Swedish underdogs. On 25 February Arsenal returned to Wembley where they would face Manchester City in the League Cup final. The Gunners were horrendously outplayed by the runaway Premier League leaders and lost 3–0. Sergio Agüero handed Manchester City the lead following a big Arsenal defensive error. On 58 minutes skipper Vincent Kompany made it 2–0 to City and David Silva added a third. Following the Arsenal humiliation former Gunner Ian Wright said that it was 'an insipid performance' by Arsenal.

March[edit]

On 1 March Arsenal resumed the Premier League campaign by playing at home to Manchester City. The Gunners failed to avenge the League Cup final defeat and they were beaten 3–0 with first half goals by Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sané while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty in the second half. This Arsenal defeat would send City nearer to title triumph and would only inflict more misery on the Gunners and Arsène Wenger. It only got worse for them on 4 March where the Gunners lost 2–1 at Brighton in the Premier League further increasing the pressure on Wenger. However, on 8 March the Gunners responded in the Europa League first leg match where they won 2–0 against A.C. Milan in Italy and three days on they would win 3–0 at home to Watford thanks to goals by Shkodran Mustafi, Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. It was also the match where Petr Čech finally kept his 200th Premier League clean sheet and he had to save Troy Deeney's penalty to ensure this. The Gunners' final match of March was the second leg of the Europa League round at the Emirates. Milan took the lead on 35 minutes but Arsenal went on to win 3–1 with goals by Danny Welbeck and Granit Xhaka with the former scoring a brace. The Gunners won the tie 5–1 on aggregate thus taking them into the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
4 DF Germany Per Mertesacker 33 EU 2011 221 10 2018 £8.0M Club captain
6 DF France Laurent Koscielny 32 EU 2010 324 24 2020 £8.5M Vice captain
7 (77)[a] MF Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan 29 Non-EU 2018 (Winter) 17 3 2021
8 MF Wales Aaron Ramsey 27 EU 2008 329 58 2019 £4.8M
9 FW France Alexandre Lacazette 27 EU 2017 39 17 2022 £46.5M
10 MF England Jack Wilshere 26 EU 2008 196 14 2018 Youth system
11 MF Germany Mesut Özil 29 EU 2013 195 37 2021 £42.5M
13 GK Colombia David Ospina 29 Non-EU 2014 70 0 2019 £3.2M
14 FW Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 29 EU 2018 (Winter) 14 10 2021 £56.0M Current record signing
16 DF England Rob Holding 22 EU 2016 44 1 2020 £2.0M
17 FW Nigeria Alex Iwobi 22 EU 2015 98 9 2020 Youth system
18 DF Spain Nacho Monreal 32 EU 2013 (Winter) 212 9 2019 £8.5M
19 MF Spain Santi Cazorla 33 EU 2012 180 29 2018 £12.0M
20 DF Germany Shkodran Mustafi 26 EU 2016 75 5 2021 £35.0M
21 DF England Calum Chambers 23 EU 2014 83 3 2021 £16.0M
22 MF France Jeff Reine-Adélaïde 20 EU 2016 8 0 2019 Youth system On loan at Angers
23 FW England Danny Welbeck 27 EU 2014 112 27 2019 £16.0M
24 DF Spain Héctor Bellerín 23 EU 2013 162 7 2023 Youth system
25 DF England Carl Jenkinson 26 EU 2011 62 1 Undisclosed £1.0M On loan at Birmingham City
26 GK Argentina Emiliano Martínez 25 Non-EU 2010 13 0 2022 Youth system On loan at Getafe
27 DF Greece Konstantinos Mavropanos 20 EU 2018 (Winter) 3 0 £1.8M
28 FW Spain Lucas Pérez 29 EU 2016 21 7 2020 £17.1M On loan at Deportivo La Coruña
29 MF Switzerland Granit Xhaka 25 EU 2016 94 7 2021 £30.0M
30 MF England Ainsley Maitland-Niles 20 EU 2014 38 0 Youth system
31 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac 25 EU 2017 36 5 2022 Free
32 FW England Chuba Akpom 22 EU 2013 12 0 2019 Youth system On loan at Sint-Truidense
33 GK Czech Republic Petr Čech 36 EU 2015 117 0 2019 £10.0M 3rd captain
35 MF Egypt Mohamed Elneny 26 Non-EU 2016 (Winter) 72 2 2020 £7.4M
40 DF England Cohen Bramall 22 EU 2017 0 0 Undisclosed £40.0K On loan at Birmingham City
FW Japan Takuma Asano 23 Non-EU 2016 0 0 £0.8M On loan at Stuttgart
FW Costa Rica Joel Campbell 26 Non-EU 2011 41 4 2018 £0.9M On loan at Real Betis
  • Last updated: 13 May 2018
  • Source:Arsenal F.C. and footballdatabase.com (for EU passport, country as international player, contract ending and transfer fee)
  • Ordered by squad number.
  1. ^ Henrikh Mkhitaryan could not wear number 7 in the Europa League as Alexis Sánchez previously wore that number in the competition. He wore the number 77.

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Arsenal's announced their first summer signing, Sead Kolašinac, on 6 June 2017. The left-back arrived on a free transfer when his contract at Schalke 04 expired.[2] He was joined by Alexandre Lacazette just under a month later, who joined from Lyon for a reported club-record fee of £46.5 million on 5 July.[3] Arsenal's first January transfer window signing was Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina,[4] while acquiring Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap-deal with Alexis Sánchez on 22 January 2018.[5] The club then reunited Mkhitaryan with former teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a club-record deal worth £56.0 million on 31 January.[6]

# Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
31 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac Germany Schalke 04 Free transfer 6 June 2017 First team [7]
9 FW France Alexandre Lacazette France Lyon Undisclosed (~£46,500,000) 5 July 2017 [8]
27 DF Greece Konstantinos Mavropanos Greece PAS Giannina Undisclosed (~£1,800,000) 4 January 2018 [9]
7 (77) MF Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan England Manchester United Swap deal (with Alexis Sánchez) 22 January 2018 [10]
14 FW Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Germany Borussia Dortmund Undisclosed (~£56,000,000) 31 January 2018 [11]

Total spending: Decrease Undisclosed (~£104,300,000)

Transfers out[edit]

Arsenal released Yaya Sanogo, Stefan O'Connor, Kostas Pilea and Kristopher Da Graca on 9 June 2017. Sanogo's four-year stay only included 11 league appearances for the club, while O'Connor, Pilea and Da Graca never appeared for the first team.[12] Academy product Chris Willock joined Benfica on June 30 upon the expiry of his contract, signing a five-year deal.[13] Kaylen Hinds, another academy product, departed the club on 8 July, joining Wolfsburg for £2.5 million on a three-year deal.[14] Additional reserve players Glen Kamara and Daniel Crowley also departed the club, joining Dundee and Willem II respectively.[15][16] Wojciech Szczęsny, who amassed over 150 appearances for the club during an eight-year stay, joined Italian champions Juventus for £10.0 million after his two-year loan at Roma expired.[17] Meanwhile, club mainstay Kieran Gibbs departed for West Bromwich Albion for a £7.0 million fee, leaving after recording 230 appearances over 11 seasons.[18] On deadline day, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was in the final year of his contract at the club, transferred to Liverpool for a record sale fee of £35.0 million[19] and Donyell Malen returned to the Netherlands to join PSV Eindhoven.[20] In the January window, Arsenal allowed the departures of many first-team players, including Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin, who left for combined fees of £32.0 million.[21][22] Moreover, Alexis Sánchez departed to Manchester United in a swap-deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrive at the Emirates,[5] while also sanctioning the departures of French first-team pair Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy,[23][24] while academy product Marcus McGuane joined Barcelona. All in all, 22 players departed the club.

# Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Team Source
22 FW France Yaya Sanogo France Toulouse Free transfer (Released) 9 June 2017 First team [12] [a]
52 DF England Stefan O'Connor England Newcastle United Reserves [12] [b]
76 Cyprus Kostas Pilea Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta [12] [c]
42 Sweden Kristopher Da Graca Sweden IFK Göteborg [12] [d]
68 FW England Chris Willock Portugal Benfica Free transfer 30 June 2017 [27]
48 England Kaylen Hinds Germany Wolfsburg Undisclosed (~£2,500,000) 8 July 2017 [28]
52 MF Finland Glen Kamara Scotland Dundee Undisclosed (~£500,000) 13 July 2017 [15]
42 England Daniel Crowley Netherlands Willem II Free transfer 17 July 2017 [16]
1 GK Poland Wojciech Szczęsny Italy Juventus Undisclosed (~£10,000,000 each) 19 July 2017 First team [29]
5 DF Brazil Gabriel Spain Valencia 18 August 2017 [30]
36 MF Algeria Ismaël Bennacer Italy Empoli Undisclosed 21 August 2017 Reserves [31]
60 Greece Savvas Mourgos England Norwich City 22 August 2017 [32]
66 Spain Jon Toral England Hull City Undisclosed (~£3,000,000) 24 August 2017 [33]
3 DF England Kieran Gibbs England West Bromwich Albion Undisclosed (~£7,000,000) 30 August 2017 First team [34][35]
15 MF England Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain England Liverpool Undisclosed (~£35,000,000) 31 August 2017 [36]
56 FW Netherlands Donyell Malen Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Undisclosed Reserves [37]
34 MF France Francis Coquelin Spain Valencia Undisclosed (~£12,000,000) 11 January 2018 First team [38]
14 England Theo Walcott England Everton Undisclosed (~£20,000,000) 17 January 2018 [39]
7 FW Chile Alexis Sánchez England Manchester United Swap deal (with Henrikh Mkhitaryan) 22 January 2018 [10]
58 MF England Marcus McGuane Spain Barcelona Undisclosed 30 January 2018 Reserves [40]
12 FW France Olivier Giroud England Chelsea Undisclosed (~£18,000,000) 31 January 2018 First team [41]
2 DF France Mathieu Debuchy France Saint-Étienne Free transfer [42] [e]
  1. ^ Yaya Sanogo joined Toulouse following his release.[25]
  2. ^ Stefan O'Connor joined Newcastle United following his release.[26]
  3. ^ Kostas Pilea joined Anorthosis Famagusta following his release.
  4. ^ Kristopher Da Graca joined IFK Göteborg following his release.
  5. ^ Debuchy's contract was terminated by the club, and he joined Saint-Étienne following his release.

Total income: Increase Undisclosed (~£118,000,000)

Loans out[edit]

Takuma Asano had his season-long loan at Stuttgart from the previous season extended for an additional year.[43] Marc Bola later joined Bristol Rovers on a season-long loan. About three weeks later, Emiliano Martínez left for Getafe and Stephy Mavididi went to Preston North End.[44] Meanwhile, English full-back pair Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall were loaned to Birmingham City, while reserve player Kelechi Nwakali departed to join Eredivisie outfit VVV-Venlo.[45][46] On deadline day, fringe players Lucas Pérez and Joel Campbell, who have compiled 34 domestic appearances collectively, joined Spanish outfits Deportivo La Coruña and Real Betis respectively.[47] In January, Stephy Mavididi had his loan cut short from Preston North End and, for the second time, was then loaned out to Charlton Athletic. English duo Tafari Moore and Ben Sheaf were then loaned out to fourth-tier sides Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage, respectively, while four additional loans were completed on deadline day. Reserve pair Julio Pleguezuelo and Krystian Bielik joined Gimnàstic Tarragona and Walsall, while fringe first-team players Chuba Akpom and Jeff Reine-Adélaïde were also loaned out to conclude Arsenal's transfers for the season.

# Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Team Source
FW Japan Takuma Asano Germany Stuttgart 22 June 2017 30 June 2018 First team [43]
38 DF England Marc Bola England Bristol Rovers 14 July 2017 Reserves [44]
26 GK Argentina Emiliano Martínez Spain Getafe 2 August 2017 First team [48]
57 FW England Stephy Mavididi England Preston North End 4 August 2017 1 January 2018 Reserves [49]
25 DF England Carl Jenkinson England Birmingham City 21 August 2017 30 June 2018 First team [50]
40 England Cohen Bramall [50]
98 MF Nigeria Kelechi Nwakali Netherlands VVV-Venlo 31 August 2017 Reserves [51]
28 FW Spain Lucas Pérez Spain Deportivo La Coruña First team [52]
27 Costa Rica Joel Campbell Spain Real Betis [53]
57 England Stephy Mavididi England Charlton Athletic 3 January 2018 Reserves [54]
59 DF England Tafari Moore England Wycombe Wanderers 12 January 2018 [55]
65 MF England Ben Sheaf England Stevenage 26 January 2018 [56]
64 DF Spain Julio Pleguezuelo Spain Gimnàstic Tarragona 31 January 2018 [57]
37 Poland Krystian Bielik England Walsall [58]
22 MF France Jeff Reine-Adélaïde France Angers First team [59]
32 FW England Chuba Akpom Belgium Sint-Truidense [60]

Overall transfer activity[edit]

Club[edit]

Kits[edit]

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Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 13 May 2018

Numbers in parenthesis denote appearances as substitute. (R) denotes a reserve player.

No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
4 DF  GER Per Mertesacker 4(2) 1 1 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 10(2) 2
6 DF  FRA Laurent Koscielny 25 2 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 33 2
7 (77)[68] MF  ARM Henrikh Mkhitaryan 10(2) 2 0 0 5(1) 1 14(3) 3
8 MF  WAL Aaron Ramsey 21(3) 7 0 0 1(1) 0 6 4 0 0 28(4) 11
9 FW  FRA Alexandre Lacazette 26(6) 14 0 0 2 0 4 3 1 0 33(6) 17
10 MF  ENG Jack Wilshere 12(8) 1 0 0 5 0 12(1) 1 0 0 29(9) 2
11 MF  GER Mesut Özil 24(2) 4 0 0 2 0 7 1 0 0 33(2) 5
13 GK  COL David Ospina 4(1) 0 1 0 5 0 10 0 0 0 20(1) 0
14 FW  GAB Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 12(1) 10 1 0 13(1) 10
16 DF  ENG Rob Holding 9(3) 0 1 0 4 0 7(1) 1 1 0 22(4) 1
17 FW  NGA Alex Iwobi 22(4) 3 1 0 3(2) 0 3(3) 0 1 0 30(9) 3
18 DF  ESP Nacho Monreal 26(2) 5 0 0 2 0 7 1 1 0 35(2) 6
19 MF  ESP Santi Cazorla 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF  GER Shkodran Mustafi 25(2) 3 0 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 36(2) 3
21 DF  ENG Calum Chambers 10(2) 0 0 0 4 0 5(3) 0 0 0 19(5) 0
23 FW  ENG Danny Welbeck 12(16) 5 1 1 2(1) 1 9(1) 3 1 0 25(18) 10
24 DF  ESP Héctor Bellerín 34(1) 2 0 0 3 0 8 1 1 0 46(1) 3
27 DF  GRE Konstantinos Mavropanos 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
29 MF   SUI Granit Xhaka 37(1) 1 0 0 3 1 5(1) 1 1 0 46(2) 3
30 MF  ENG Ainsley Maitland-Niles 8(7) 0 1 0 3 0 8(1) 0 0 0 20(8) 0
31 DF  BIH Sead Kolašinac 25(2) 2 0 0 1(2) 0 2(3) 2 0(1) 1 28(8) 5
33 GK  CZE Petr Čech 34 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 38 0
35 MF  EGY Mohamed Elneny 11(2) 0 1 0 4(1) 0 9(3) 1 1 0 26(6) 1
43 MF  ENG Josh Dasilva (R) 0 0 0 0 0(3) 0 0 0 0 0 0(3) 0
54 GK  ENG Matt Macey (R) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
61 MF  ENG Reiss Nelson 2(1) 0 1 0 2(1) 0 3(5) 0 0(1) 0 8(8) 0
62 FW  ENG Eddie Nketiah (R) 0(3) 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 2 0(5) 0 0 0 0(10) 2
69 MF  ENG Joe Willock 1(1) 0 1 0 1(2) 0 3(2) 0 0 0 6(5) 0
Players out on loan for rest of the season
22 MF  FRA Jeff Reine-Adélaïde 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF  ENG Carl Jenkinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 GK  ARG Emiliano Martínez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW  CRI Joel Campbell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 FW  ESP Lucas Pérez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 FW  ENG Chuba Akpom 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0
40 DF  ENG Cohen Bramall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
65 MF  ENG Ben Sheaf (R) 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(2) 0
FW  JPN Takuma Asano 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players sold but featured this season
2 DF  FRA Mathieu Debuchy 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 1 0 0 7 1
7 FW  CHI Alexis Sánchez 17(2) 7 0 0 1(1) 0 1 1 0 0 19(3) 8
12 FW  FRA Olivier Giroud 1(15) 4 0 0 3 0 6 3 0(1) 0 10(16) 7
14 FW  ENG Theo Walcott 0(6) 0 1 0 3 1 5 3 0(1) 0 9(7) 4
15 MF  ENG Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
34 MF  FRA Francis Coquelin 1(6) 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 7(6) 0
58 MF  ENG Marcus McGuane (R) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0 0(2) 0

Goalscorers[edit]

As of 13 May 2018
Rank Position Name Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
1 FW France Alexandre Lacazette 14 0 0 3 0 17
2 MF Wales Aaron Ramsey 7 0 0 4 0 11
3 FW Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 10 0 0 0 0 10
FW England Danny Welbeck 5 1 1 3 0 10
5 FW Chile Alexis Sánchez 7 0 0 1 0 8
6 FW France Olivier Giroud 4 0 0 3 0 7
7 DF Spain Nacho Monreal 5 0 0 1 0 6
8 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac 2 0 0 2 1 5
MF Germany Mesut Özil 4 0 0 1 0 5
10 FW England Theo Walcott 0 0 1 3 0 4
11 DF Spain Héctor Bellerín 2 0 0 1 0 3
FW Nigeria Alex Iwobi 3 0 0 0 0 3
MF Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan 2 0 0 1 0 3
DF Germany Shkodran Mustafi 3 0 0 0 0 3
MF Switzerland Granit Xhaka 1 0 1 1 0 3
16 DF France Laurent Koscielny 2 0 0 0 0 2
DF Germany Per Mertesacker 1 1 0 0 0 2
FW England Eddie Nketiah 0 0 2 0 0 2
MF England Jack Wilshere 1 0 0 1 0 2
20 DF France Mathieu Debuchy 0 0 0 1 0 1
MF Egypt Mohamed Elneny 0 0 0 1 0 1
DF England Rob Holding 0 0 0 1 0 1
Own goals 1 0 1 2 0 4
Total 74 2 6 30 1 113

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of 13 May 2018
Rank Position Name Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
1 DF Greece Konstantinos Mavropanos 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 MF Switzerland Granit Xhaka 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
3 MF England Jack Wilshere 6 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
4 DF Spain Héctor Bellerín 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
5 DF Germany Shkodran Mustafi 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
6 DF Spain Nacho Monreal 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
7 MF Egypt Mohamed Elneny 3 0[a] 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
8 DF England Rob Holding 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
DF France Laurent Koscielny 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
MF Germany Mesut Özil 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
FW Chile Alexis Sánchez 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
13 DF England Calum Chambers 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF France Francis Coquelin 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
DF France Mathieu Debuchy 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Ainsley Maitland-Niles 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
MF Wales Aaron Ramsey 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Danny Welbeck 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
19 FW England Chuba Akpom 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
GK Czech Republic Petr Čech 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW Nigeria Alex Iwobi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW France Alexandre Lacazette 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF Germany Per Mertesacker 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Reiss Nelson 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK Colombia David Ospina 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 58 1 4 0 13 0 14 0 1 0 88 1

Clean sheets[edit]

As of 13 May 2018
Rank Name Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
1 Czech Republic Petr Čech 11 0 0 1 0 12
2 Colombia David Ospina 2 0 2 4 0 8
3 England Matt Macey 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total 13 0 2 6 0 21

Pre-season[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

On 9 May 2017, Arsenal announced they would travel to Australia as part of their pre-season schedule and play two matches against Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.[69] The club also faced Bayern Munich in Shanghai as a part of the International Champions Cup, and Chelsea in Beijing.[70] Arsenal then hosted the 2017 Emirates Cup, and played Benfica and Sevilla as part of the tournament.[71]

Friendlies[edit]

International Champions Cup[edit]

FAW Toyota Cup[edit]

Emirates Cup[edit]

Competitions[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Overview[edit]

Competition Record
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
Premier League 38 19 6 13 74 51 +23 050.00
Community Shield 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 2 4 −2 000.00
EFL Cup 6 4 1 1 6 5 +1 066.67
Europa League 14 8 3 3 30 12 +18 057.14
Total 60 31 11 18 113 73 +40 051.67

Last updated: 13 May 2018.
Source: Competitions

Community Shield[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
4 Liverpool 38 21 12 5 84 38 +46 75 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
5 Chelsea 38 21 7 10 62 38 +24 70 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[b]
6 Arsenal 38 19 6 13 74 51 +23 63
7 Burnley 38 14 12 12 36 39 −3 54 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[b]
8 Everton 38 13 10 15 44 58 −14 49
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored. 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[72]
Notes:
  1. ^ Mohamed Elneny's red card against Southampton on 8 April 2018 was overturned by the Football Association following an appeal.
  2. ^ a b Since the winners of the 2017–18 FA Cup (Chelsea) and the winners of the 2017–18 EFL Cup (Manchester City) both qualified for European competition based on their league positions, the berths awarded to the 5th-placed team (Europa League group stage) and the League Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) were passed down the league.

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 6 13 74 51  +23 63 15 2 2 54 20  +34 4 4 11 20 31  −11

Last updated: 13 May 2018.
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 H A A H A H A H H A A H H A A H A H A H A H A H H H A H A H A A
Result W L L W D W W L W W L W W W L D D W D W D D L W L W L L L W W W L W L W L W
Position 5 11 16 11 12 7 5 6 5 5 6 6 4 4 5 5 7 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Last updated: 13 May 2018.
Source: 11v11.com

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

On 14 June 2018, Arsenal's Premier League fixtures were announced, with the first game scheduled at home to Leicester City, and be the sixth season running Arsenal would start their league campaign at home. Also, Arsenal would play in the first Premier League match of the season.[73][74]

FA Cup[edit]

In the FA Cup, Arsenal entered the competition in the third round and were drawn away to Nottingham Forest [80]. Arsenal were knocked out in the third round for the first time under Arsène Wenger.

EFL Cup[edit]

Arsenal entered the competition in the third round and were drawn at home to Doncaster Rovers.[81] The Gunners were drawn at home for the fourth round with Norwich City the confirmed visitors.[82] Arsenal were drawn against West Ham United at home for the quarter-finals.[83] Arsenal drew Chelsea in the semi-finals, with the first leg taking place at Stamford Bridge.[84]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

On 25 August 2017, the group stages were announced with Arsenal drawn out in Group H alongside BATE Borisov, 1.FC Köln and Red Star Belgrade.[85]

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARS ZVE KLN BATE
1 England Arsenal 6 4 1 1 14 4 +10 13 Advance to knockout phase 0–0 3–1 6–0
2 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 6 2 3 1 3 2 +1 9 0–1 1–0 1–1
3 Germany 1. FC Köln 6 2 0 4 7 8 −1 6 1–0 0–1 5–2
4 Belarus BATE Borisov 6 1 2 3 6 16 −10 5 2–4 0–0 1–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 32[edit]

The draw was held on 11 December 2017, with Arsenal amongst the seeded teams (as group winners) drawn against one of the unseeded runners-up, Östersund. The first leg was played away on 15 February 2018, and the second leg was played at home on 22 February 2018.[87]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]
Semi-finals[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Lead sponsors Global sponsors

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac 50%[97]
September Spain Nacho Monreal 45%[98]
October Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac (2) 50%[99]
November Germany Mesut Özil[100] 59%[101]
December Germany Mesut Özil (2) 40%[102]
January Egypt Mohamed Elneny 57%[103]
February Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan 72%[104]
March Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan (2) 58%[105]

Arsenal Player of the Season award[edit]

The Player of the Season was awarded to Aaron Ramsey.[106]

Arsenal Goal of the Month award[edit]

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

Month Player Competition Opponent Votes
August France Olivier Giroud Premier League Leicester City 45%[107]
September Chile Alexis Sánchez UEFA Europa League 1. FC Köln 52%[108]
October France Olivier Giroud (2) Red Star Belgrade 79%[109]
November Germany Shkodran Mustafi Premier League Tottenham Hotspur 39%[110]
December Germany Mesut Özil Newcastle United 76%[111]
January England Jack Wilshere Chelsea 51%[112]
February Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Everton 59%[113]
March Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan UEFA Europa League A.C. Milan 63%[114]

Arsenal Goal of the Season award[edit]

The Goal of the Season was awarded to Aaron Ramsey with his lobbed volley against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Europa League.[115]

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