List of Arsenal F.C. players

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Ian Wright is Arsenal's second-highest all-time goalscorer.

Arsenal Football Club, an association football club based in Islington, London, was founded in 1886 as Royal Arsenal. They became the first southern member[nb 1] admitted into the Football League in 1893, having spent their first four seasons solely participating in cup tournaments and friendlies.[3] The club's name, which shortly changed to Woolwich Arsenal, was shortened to Arsenal in 1914, a year after moving to Highbury.[4] Despite finishing fifth in the Second Division in 1914–15, Arsenal rejoined the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur when football resumed after the First World War.[5] Since that time, they have not fallen below the first tier of the English football league system and hold the record for the longest uninterrupted period in the top flight.[6] The club's first team has competed in numerous nationally and internationally organised competitions, and all players who have played in 100 or more such matches are listed below.

David O'Leary holds the record for the greatest number of appearances for Arsenal. Between 1975 and 1993 the Irish defender played 722 times for the club.[7] As of 2009, seven other players have made more than 500 appearances for Arsenal, including four of the so-called "famous five" defenders of the 1990s,[8] Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, David Seaman and Nigel Winterburn. The club's goalscoring record is held by Thierry Henry, who scored 228 goals in all competitions between 1999 and 2007 and during a loan spell with the club in 2012.[9] He surpassed the previous record of 185 goals, held by Ian Wright, in 2005,[10] and became the first player to score 200 goals for Arsenal the following year.[11]

In 2013, Arsenal launched the "100 Club" to formally recognise retired players with over 100 league appearances. As of September 2016, 75 living players have been inducted with a further 26 automatically enrolled once they end their careers.[12]

Key[edit]

  • The list is ordered first by date of debut, and then if necessary in alphabetical order.
  • Appearances as a substitute are included. This feature of the game was introduced in the Football League at the start of the 1965–66 season.[13]
  • Statistics are correct up to and including the match played on 13 May 2018. Where a player left the club permanently after this date, his statistics are updated to his date of leaving.
Positions key
Pre-1960s 1960s–
GK Goalkeeper
FB Full back DF Defender
HB Half back MF Midfielder
FW Forward
Nationality
Unless otherwise noted, the nationality of a player is determined by the country/countries which he has played for, or if said person has not played international football, their country of birth.
Position
Playing positions are listed according to the tactical formations that were employed at the time. Thus the change in the names of defensive and midfield positions reflects the tactical evolution that occurred from the 1960s onwards.
Club career
Club career is defined as the first and last calendar years in which the player appeared for the club in any of the competitions listed below.
Total appearances and Total goals
Total appearances and goals comprise those in the Football League, Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup, FA Charity/Community Shield, European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Football League Centenary Trophy and European Super Cup. Matches in the United League, Southern District Combination, London League and wartime competitions are excluded.

Players[edit]

Tony Adams, who lies second in the all-time appearance list with 669. He was also captain from 1988 to 2002
Percy Sands made 350 appearances in the early years, when the team was known as Woolwich Arsenal
Another early player, Joe Shaw made 326 appearances
Bob Wilson made 308 appearances for the club in the 1960s and 70s.
Frank McLintock made 403 appearances for the Gunners
Nicknamed "The Romford Pelé", Ray Parlour has 464 appearances
Seen here during his time with Portsmouth, Paul Merson has 423 appearances
Dennis Bergkamp has more appearances than any other overseas player
Patrick Vieira was captain from 2002 to 2005
Kenny Sansom preceded Tony Adams as captain, holding the post until 1988.
Record goalscorer Thierry Henry, who was also captain from 2005 to 2007.
Kolo Touré made 326 appearances for Arsenal
Cesc Fàbregas is Arsenal's youngest-ever goalscorer, and captained the side from 2008 to 2011.
Per Mertesacker is the current club captain
Aaron Ramsey has most goals and first team appearances in the current squad
Danny Welbeck is the most recent player to make his 100th appearance for Arsenal

Players highlighted in bold are still actively playing at Arsenal.

List of Arsenal F.C. players with 100 or more appearances
Player Nationality Pos Club career Starts Subs Total Goals
Appearances
Gavin Crawford  Scotland RW 1891–1898 138 0 138 18
Fred Davis  England MF 1893–1899 150 0 150 10
John Anderson  England MF 1896–1903 153 0 153 11
John Dick  Scotland MF 1898–1912 284 0 284 13
Duncan McNichol  Scotland RB/LB 1899–1903 112 0 112 1
Jimmy Jackson  Scotland LB 1899–1905 204 0 204 1
Archie Cross  England RB 1900–1910 149 0 149 0
Jimmy Ashcroft  England GK 1900–1908 303 0 303 0
Tommy Briercliffe  England RW 1901–1905 133 0 133 34
Bill Gooing  England FW 1901–1905 106 0 106 48
Tim Coleman  England FW 1902–1908 196 0 196 84
Roddy McEachrane  Scotland MF 1902–1915 346 0 346 0
Percy Sands  England CB 1902–1919 350 0 350 12
Archie Gray  Scotland RB 1904–1912 200 0 200 0
David Neave  Scotland LW 1904–1912 168 0 168 32
Charlie Satterthwaite  England FW 1904–1910 141 0 141 48
Andy Ducat  England MF 1905–1912 188 0 188 21
Jimmy Sharp  Scotland LB 1905–1908 116 0 116 5
Hugh McDonald  Scotland GK 1906
1908–1910
1912–1913
103 0 103 0
Charles Lewis  England FW 1907–1920 220 0 220 34
Joe Shaw  England LB 1907–1923 326 0 326 0
David Greenaway  Scotland RW 1908–1921 170 0 170 13
Angus McKinnon  Scotland MF 1908–1922 217 0 217 4
Pat Flanagan  England FW 1910–1917 121 0 121 28
Alex Graham  Scotland CB 1911–1924 179 0 179 20
Jock Rutherford  England RW 1913–1923
1923–1926[nb 2]
232 0 232 27
Billy Blyth  Scotland MF 1914–1929 343 0 343 51
Frank Bradshaw  England LB 1914–1923 142 0 142 14
Jack Butler  England CB 1914–1930 296 0 296 8
Arthur Hutchins  England LB 1919–1923 108 0 108 1
Henry White  England FW 1919–1923 109 0 109 45
Joe Toner  Ireland LW 1919–1926 100 0 100 6
Ernest Williamson  England GK 1919–1923 113 0 113 0
Alf Baker  England MF 1919–1931 351 0 351 26
Alec Mackie  Ireland RB 1921–1926 118 0 118 1
Billy Milne  Scotland MF 1921–1927 124 0 124 3
Jock Robson  Scotland GK 1921–1925 101 0 101 0
Bob John  Wales MF 1922–1937 470 0 470 13
Andy Kennedy  Northern Ireland LB 1922–1928 129 0 129 0
Jimmy Brain  England FW 1924–1931 232 0 232 139
Sidney Hoar  England LW 1924–1929 117 0 117 18
Dan Lewis  Wales GK 1924–1931 167 0 167 0
Charlie Buchan  England FW 1925–1928 120 0 120 56
Joe Hulme  England RW 1926–1937 374 0 374 125
Jack Lambert  England FW 1926–1933 161 0 161 109
Tom Parker  England RB 1926–1932 294 0 294 17
Herbie Roberts  England CB 1926–1937 335 0 335 5
Eddie Hapgood  England LB 1927–1939 440 0 440 2
David Jack  England MF 1928–1934 208 0 208 124
Charlie Jones  Wales LW 1928–1934 195 0 195 8
Cliff Bastin  England LW 1929–1947 396 0 396 178
Alex James  Scotland MF 1929–1937 261 0 261 27
Leslie Compton  England CB 1930–1950 273 0 273 6
George Male  England RB 1930–1948 318 0 318 0
Frank Moss  England GK 1931–1936 161 0 161 1
Ray Bowden  England FW 1933–1937 138 0 138 48
Wilf Copping  England MF 1934–1939 189 0 189 0
Jack Crayston  England MF 1934–1939 187 0 187 17
Ted Drake  England ST 1934–1939 184 0 184 139
Alf Kirchen  England RW 1935–1939 101 0 101 45
Reg Lewis  England FW 1935–1953 176 0 176 118
George Swindin  England GK 1936–1953 297 0 297 0
Walley Barnes  Wales RB 1946–1955 294 0 294 12
Jimmy Logie  Scotland MF 1946–1955 328 0 328 76
Ian McPherson  Scotland RW 1946–1951 163 0 163 21
Joe Mercer  England MF 1946–1954 275 0 275 2
Laurie Scott  England RB 1946–1951 126 0 126 0
Archie Macaulay  Scotland MF 1947–1950 108 0 108 1
Don Roper  England FW 1947–1956 321 0 321 95
Alex Forbes  Scotland MF 1948–1956 240 0 240 20
Doug Lishman  England FW 1948–1955 244 0 244 137
Lionel Smith  England LB 1948–1954 181 0 181 0
Peter Goring  England FW/MF 1949–1959 240 0 240 53
Jack Kelsey  Wales GK 1949–1962 352 0 352 0
Cliff Holton  England FW 1950–1958 217 0 217 88
Dave Bowen  Wales MF 1951–1959 162 0 162 2
Dennis Evans  England LB 1951–1960 207 0 207 12
Bill Dodgin  England CB 1953–1960 207 0 207 1
Len Wills  England RB 1953–1961 209 0 209 4
Jimmy Bloomfield  England FW 1954–1960 227 0 227 56
Danny Clapton  England RW 1954–1962 225 0 225 27
Joe Haverty  Ireland LW 1954–1961 122 0 122 26
Derek Tapscott  Wales MF 1954–1958 132 0 132 68
Stan Charlton  England RB 1955–1958 110 0 110 3
Vic Groves  England MF 1955–1964 203 0 203 37
David Herd  Scotland FW 1955–1961 180 0 180 107
John Barnwell  England MF 1957–1964 151 0 151 24
Jackie Henderson  Scotland FW 1958–1961 111 0 111 29
Billy McCullough  Northern Ireland LB 1958–1966 268 0 268 5
Eddie Magill  Northern Ireland RB/LB 1959–1965 131 0 131 0
George Eastham  England FW 1960–1966 223 0 223 41
Terry Neill  Northern Ireland CB 1960–1970 272 3 275 10
Alan Skirton  England RW 1960–1966 153 1 154 54
Geoff Strong  England FW 1960–1964 137 0 137 77
Laurie Brown  England CB 1961–1963 109 0 109 2
Johnny MacLeod  Scotland RW 1961–1964 112 0 112 28
George Armstrong  England RW 1962–1977 607 14 621 68
Joe Baker  England FW 1962–1966 156 0 156 100
David Court  England MF 1962–1970 194 10 204 18
Jim Furnell  England GK 1963–1968 167 0 167 0
Jon Sammels  England MF 1963–1971 226 4 270 52
Ian Ure  Scotland CB 1963–1969 202 0 202 2
Bob Wilson  Scotland GK 1963–1974 308 0 308 0
Frank McLintock  Scotland CB 1964–1973 401 2 403 32
John Radford  England ST 1964–1976 475 6 481 149
Peter Simpson  England CB 1964–1978 458 19 477 15
Peter Storey  England RB 1965–1977 494 7 501 17
George Graham  Scotland FW 1966–1972 296 12 308 77
Bob McNab  England LB 1966–1975 362 3 365 6
Pat Rice  Northern Ireland RB 1967–1980 521 7 528 13
Charlie George  England FW 1969–1975 157 22 179 49
Eddie Kelly  Scotland MF 1969–1975 211 11 222 19
Ray Kennedy  England FW 1969–1974 206 6 212 71
Sammy Nelson  Northern Ireland LB 1969–1981 325 14 339 12
Alan Ball  England MF 1971–1976 217 0 217 52
Liam Brady  Ireland MF 1973–1980 295 12 307 59
David Price  England MF 1973–1981 165 11 176 19
Jimmy Rimmer  England GK 1974–1977 146 0 146 0
David O'Leary  Ireland CB 1973–1993 681 41 722 14
Frank Stapleton  Ireland FW 1975–1981 297 3 300 108
John Devine  Ireland RB 1976–1983 108 3 111 0
Malcolm Macdonald  England FW 1976–1979 107 1 108 57
Pat Jennings  Northern Ireland GK 1977–1984 327 0 327 0
Graham Rix  England LW 1977–1988 447 17 464 51
Alan Sunderland  England FW 1977–1983 278 3 281 92
Willie Young  Scotland CB 1977–1981 236 1 237 19
John Hollins  England MF 1979–1983 164 9 172 13
Brian Talbot  England MF 1979–1985 311 16 327 49
Paul Davis  England MF 1980–1994 416 31 447 37
Kenny Sansom  England LB 1980–1988 394 0 394 6
Stewart Robson  England MF 1981–1986 185 1 186 21
Chris Whyte  England CB 1981–1985 108 5 113 8
Tony Woodcock  England FW 1982–1986 164 5 169 68
Tony Adams  England CB 1983–2002 663 6 669 48
Ian Allinson  England MF 1983–1987 75 30 105 23
Charlie Nicholas  Scotland FW 1983–1987 176 8 184 54
Viv Anderson  England RB 1984–1987 150 0 150 15
Steve Williams  England MF 1984–1988 119 2 121 5
John Lukic  England GK 1984–1990
1996–2001
298 0 298 0
Martin Hayes  England LW 1985–1990 92 40 132 34
David Rocastle  England MF 1985–1992 260 17 277 34
Martin Keown  England CB 1985–1986
1993–2004
408 41 449 8
Perry Groves  England RW 1986–1992 120 83 203 28
Paul Merson  England FW 1986–1997 381 44 425 99
Alan Smith  England ST 1987–1995 318 29 347 115
Kevin Richardson  England MF 1987–1990 111 11 121 8
Michael Thomas  England MF 1987–1991 187 21 208 30
Steve Bould  England CB 1988–1999 348 24 372 22
Kevin Campbell  England FW 1988–1995 166 62 228 59
Lee Dixon  England RB 1988–2002 598 21 618 28
Nigel Winterburn  England LB 1987–2000 572 12 584 12
David Hillier  England MF 1990–1996 113 30 143 2
Anders Limpar  Sweden LW 1990–1994 96 20 116 20
Andy Linighan  England CB 1990–1996 135 21 156 8
David Seaman  England GK 1990–2003 564 0 564 0
Ian Wright  England ST 1991–1998 279 9 288 185
John Jensen  Denmark MF 1992–1996 130 8 138 1
Ray Parlour  England MF 1992–2004 390 76 464 32
Dennis Bergkamp  Netherlands FW 1995–2006 345 78 423 120
David Platt  England MF 1995–1998 77 31 108 15
Patrick Vieira  France MF 1996–2005 396 10 406 33
Gilles Grimandi  France CB/MF 1997–2002 128 42 170 6
Marc Overmars  Netherlands LW 1997–2000 127 15 142 41
Emmanuel Petit  France MF 1997–2000 114 4 118 11
Fredrik Ljungberg  Sweden RW 1998–2007 285 43 328 72
Ashley Cole  England LB 1999–2006 218 10 228 9
Thierry Henry  France ST 1999–2007
2012
337 40 377 228
Nwankwo Kanu  Nigeria ST 1999–2004 104 94 198 44
Oleg Luzhny  Ukraine RB 1999–2003 91 19 110 0
Sylvain Wiltord  France FW 2000–2004 124 51 176 49
Robert Pirès  France LW 2000–2006 238 46 284 84
Lauren  Cameroon RB 2000–2007 227 14 241 9
Sol Campbell  England CB 2001–2006
2010
208 3 211 12
Edu  Brazil MF 2001–2005 76 51 127 15
Gilberto Silva  Brazil MF 2002–2008 213 31 245 24
Kolo Touré  Ivory Coast CB 2002–2009 295 31 326 14
Jens Lehmann  Germany GK 2003–2008
2011
199 1 200 0
Cesc Fàbregas  Spain MF 2003–2011 266 37 303 57
Gaël Clichy  France LB 2003–2011 230 34 264 2
Philippe Senderos   Switzerland CB 2003–2010 105 12 117 4
Manuel Almunia  Spain GK 2004–2012 173 2 175 0
José Antonio Reyes  Spain FW 2004–2007 89 21 110 23
Robin van Persie  Netherlands ST 2004–2012 211 67 278 132
Mathieu Flamini  France MF 2004–2008
2013–2016
174 72 246 13
Johan Djourou   Switzerland CB 2004–2014 123 21 144 1
Emmanuel Eboué  Ivory Coast RB 2005–2011 159 55 214 10
Alexander Hleb  Belarus MF 2005–2008 109 21 130 10
Nicklas Bendtner  Denmark ST 2005–2014 83 88 171 47
Alex Song  Cameroon MF 2005–2012 179 25 204 10
Emmanuel Adebayor  Togo FW 2006–2009 114 28 142 62
William Gallas  France CB 2006–2010 142 0 142 17
Theo Walcott  England MF 2006–2018 252 145 397 108
Abou Diaby  France MF 2006–2015 136 44 180 19
Tomáš Rosický  Czech Republic MF 2006–2016 158 88 246 28
Denílson  Brazil MF 2006–2013 120 33 153 10
Bacary Sagna  France RB 2007–2014 272 12 284 5
Kieran Gibbs  England LB 2007–2017 183 47 230 6
Aaron Ramsey  Wales MF 2008– 237 92 329 58
Samir Nasri  France MF 2008–2011 110 15 125 27
Jack Wilshere  England MF 2008–2018 150 47 197 14
Francis Coquelin  France MF 2008–2018 115 45 160 0
Andrey Arshavin  Russia MF 2009–2013 97 47 144 31
Thomas Vermaelen  Belgium CB 2009–2014 136 14 150 15
Wojciech Szczęsny  Poland GK 2009–2017 181 0 181 0
Laurent Koscielny  France CB 2010– 318 6 324 24
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain  England MF 2011–2017 115 83 198 20
Per Mertesacker  Germany CB 2011–2018 215 6 221 10
Mikel Arteta  Spain MF 2011–2016 131 19 150 16
Olivier Giroud  France ST 2012–2018 169 84 253 105
Santi Cazorla  Spain MF 2012–2018 166 14 180 29
Nacho Monreal  Spain LB 2013– 187 25 212 9
Mesut Özil  Germany MF 2013– 187 9 196 37
Héctor Bellerín  Spain RB 2013– 150 12 162 7
Alexis Sánchez  Chile FW 2014–2018 153 12 165 80
Danny Welbeck  England FW 2014– 71 41 112 27
Petr Čech  Czech Republic GK 2015– 117 0 117 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ A club located in the southern counties of England. Initially these were amateur clubs, as professionalism in football was not as readily accepted in the south as in the north. In the 1893–94 season, Arsenal (under its former name Woolwich Arsenal) turned professional and became the first southern club admitted to the northern-oriented Football League. The following year saw the creation of the Southern Football League, which was composed of amateur and professional teams. By the 1920–21 season, the top division of the Southern Football League was absorbed by the Football League, to create its third division.[1][2]
  2. ^ Rutherford left Arsenal to join Stoke in March 1923, but returned six months later.

References[edit]

General

Specific

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  2. ^ Freeman, Nicholas (2011). 1895: Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain. Edinburgh University Press. p. 39. ISBN 0-7486-4056-8. 
  3. ^ Joy (1952), p. 9.
  4. ^ Joy (1952), p. 32.
  5. ^ Joy (1952), p. 28.
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  7. ^ Fearon, Matthew (18 March 2009). "Dream Teams: Arsenal". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
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  12. ^ "The Arsenal 100 Club". Arsenal F.C. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Watts, Nick. "1963 to 1988". The Football League. Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.