List of Arsenal F.C. records and statistics

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This article is about all-time records. For a season-by-season statistical breakdown, see List of Arsenal F.C. seasons.
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Thierry Henry became Arsenal's record goalscorer in October 2005.

Arsenal Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Holloway, London. The club was formed in Woolwich in 1886 as Royal Arsenal before being renamed as Woolwich Arsenal in 1893.[1] The club was renamed a second time in 1914 as Arsenal F.C. after moving to Highbury a year earlier.[2] After spending their first four seasons solely participating in cup tournaments and friendlies, Arsenal became the first southern member admitted into the Football League in 1893.[3] In spite of finishing fifth in the Second Division in 1919, the club was voted to rejoin the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.[4] 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period in the top flight.[5] The club remained in the Football League until 1992, when its First Division was superseded as English football's top level by the newly formed Premier League, of which they were an inaugural member.[6]

The list encompasses the major honours won by Arsenal, records set by the club, their managers and their players. The player records section itemises the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made most appearances in first-team competitions. It also records notable achievements by Arsenal players on the international stage, and the highest transfer fees paid and received by the club. Attendance records at Highbury, the Emirates Stadium, the club's home ground since 2006, and Wembley Stadium, their temporary home for UEFA Champions League games between 1998 and 1999, are also included.

Arsenal have won 13 top-flight titles, and also hold the record for the most FA Cup wins, with 12. The club's record appearance maker is David O'Leary, who made 722 appearances between 1975 and 1993. Thierry Henry is Arsenal's record goalscorer, scoring 228 goals in total.

All figures are correct as of the match played on 7 February 2016.

Honours[edit]

Arsenal's first ever silverware was the Kent Junior Cup which they won as Royal Arsenal in 1890.[7] Their first national senior honour came in 1930, when they won the FA Cup.[8] The club enjoyed further success in the 1930s, winning another FA Cup and five Football League First Division titles.[9][10] Arsenal won their first league and cup double in the 1970–71 season and twice repeated the feat, in 1997–98 and 2001–02.[11] In 2003–04, Arsenal recorded an unbeaten top-flight league season, something once achieved before by Preston North End in 1888–89.[12] Their most recent success came in 2015, when they won the FA Cup for a record 12th time.[13]

Arsenal's honours and achievements include the following:[14][15]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Champions (13): 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1947–48, 1952–53, 1970–71, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04

Cups[edit]

A coloured photograph of two men, footballers Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs, lifting a silver-coloured trophy, adorned with ribbons.
Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs hold the FA Cup aloft at the club's victory parade in 2014
Winners (12): 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015
Winners (2): 1987, 1993
Winners (14): 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015
Winners (1): 1988–89

European[edit]

Winners (1): 1993–94
Winners (1): 1969–70

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive matches only, includes appearances as substitute. Numbers in brackets indicate goals scored.[16][17]

# Name Years Leaguea FA Cup League Cup Europe Otherb Total
1 O'Leary, DavidDavid O'Leary 1975–1993 558 (11) 70 (1) 70 (2) 21 (0) 3 (0) 722 (14)
2 Adams, TonyTony Adams 1983–2002 504 (32) 54 (8) 59 (5) 48 (3) 4 (0) 669 (48)
3 Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 1961–1977 500 (53) 60 (10) 35 (3) 26 (2) 0 (0) 621 (68)
4 Dixon, LeeLee Dixon 1988–2002 458 (25) 54 (1) 45 (0) 57 (2) 5 (0) 619 (28)
5 Winterburn, NigelNigel Winterburn 1987–2000 440 (8) 47 (0) 49 (3) 43 (1) 5 (0) 584 (12)
6 Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman 1990–2003 405 (0) 48 (0) 38 (0) 69 (0) 4 (0) 564 (0)
7 Rice, PatPat Rice 1964–1980 397 (12) 67 (1) 36 (0) 27 (0) 1 (0) 528 (13)
8 Storey, PeterPeter Storey 1965–1977 391 (9) 51 (4) 37 (2) 22 (2) 0 (0) 501 (17)
9 Radford, JohnJohn Radford 1964–1976 379 (111) 44 (15) 34 (12) 24 (11) 0 (0) 481 (149)
10 Simpson, PeterPeter Simpson 1964–1978 370 (10) 53 (1) 33 (3) 21 (1) 0 (0) 477 (15)
a. Includes the Football League and the Premier League.
b. Includes goals and appearances (including those as a substitute) in the FA Charity/Community Shield.

Goalscorers[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Thierry Henry is the all-time top goalscorer for Arsenal. He passed Ian Wright's eight-year record after scoring twice in a European tie against Sparta Prague in October 2005.[23] Henry was Arsenal's leading goalscorer for seven consecutive seasons, from 1999–2000 to 2005–06.[24]

Competitive matches only. Numbers in brackets indicate appearances made.[21][25][26]

# Name Years Leaguea FA Cup League Cup Europe Otherb Total
1 Henry, ThierryThierry Henry 1999–2007
2012
175 (258) 08 (26) 02 0(3) 42 (86) 1 (4) 228 (377)
2 Wright, IanIan Wright 1991–1998 128 (221) 12 (16) 29 (29) 15 (21) 1 (1) 185 (288)
3 Bastin, CliffCliff Bastin 1929–1947 150 (350) 26 (42) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 2 (4) 178 (396)
4 Radford, JohnJohn Radford 1964–1976 111 (379) 15 (44) 12 (34) 11 (24) 0 (0) 149 (481)
5 Brain, JimmyJimmy Brain 1923–1931 125 (204) 14 (27) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 0 (1) 139 (232)
Drake, TedTed Drake 1934–1945 124 (168) 12 (14) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 3 (2) 139 (184)
7 Lishman, DougDoug Lishman 1948–1956 125 (226) 10 (17) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 2 (1) 137 (244)
8 van Persie, RobinRobin van Persie 2004–2012 096 (193) 10 (17) 06 (12) 20 (53) 0 (2) 132 (278)
9 Hulme, JoeJoe Hulme 1926–1938 107 (333) 17 (39) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 1 (2) 125 (374)
10 Jack, DavidDavid Jack 1928–1934 113 (181) 10 (25) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 1 (2) 124 (208)
a. Includes the Football League and the Premier League.
b. Includes goals and appearances (including those as a substitute) in the FA Charity/Community Shield.

International[edit]

A black-and-white photograph of footballer Caesar Jenkyns, wearing a vertically-stripped shirt.
Caesar Jenkyns was the first Arsenal player to receive an international cap.

This section refers only to caps won while an Arsenal player.

At 17 years and 75 days, Theo Walcott became the youngest player to earn an England cap, against Hungary on 30 May 2006.[39]

Transfers[edit]

For consistency, fees in the record transfer tables below are all sourced from the London Evening Standard's contemporary reports of each transfer. Where the report mentions an initial fee potentially rising to a higher figure depending on contractual clauses being satisfied in the future, only the initial fee is listed in the tables.

Record transfer fees paid[edit]

A coloured photograph of Mesut Özil during a match against Stoke City in 2013. The game marked his debut as an Arsenal player, after completing a record transfer move.
Mesut Özil, the club's record signing
# Fee Paid to For Date Notes Ref
1 £38.2m Real Madrid Mesut Özil 2 September 2013 A further £4.3m in add-ons. [40]
2 £31.7m Barcelona Alexis Sánchez 10 July 2014 [41]
3 £16m Manchester United Danny Welbeck 1 September 2014 [42]
4 £13m Bordeaux Sylvain Wiltord 26 August 2000 [43]
5 £12m Zenit St. Petersburg Andrey Arshavin 3 February 2009 A further £3m in add-ons. [44]

Record transfer fees received[edit]

# Fee Received from For Date Notes Ref
1 £29.8m Barcelona Cesc Fàbregas 15 August 2011 A further £5.3m in add-ons. [45]
2 £25m Barcelona Marc Overmars 28 July 2000 [46]
£25m Manchester City Emmanuel Adebayor 19 July 2009 [47]
4 £24m Manchester City Samir Nasri 24 August 2011 [48]
5 £23.5m Real Madrid Nicolas Anelka 2 August 1999 [49]

Managerial records[edit]

  • First full-time manager: Thomas Mitchell managed Arsenal from March 1897 to 1898.[50]
  • Longest-serving manager: Arsène Wenger19 years, 130 days (1 October 1996 to present)[51]
  • Shortest tenure as manager: Pat Rice – 2 weeks, 3 days (13 September 1996 to 30 September 1996)[52][53]
  • Highest win percentage: Arsène Wenger, 57.53%[54]
  • Lowest win percentage: Steve Burtenshaw, 27.27%[55]

Club records[edit]

Matches[edit]

Firsts[edit]

Record wins[edit]

  • Record league win: 12–0 against Loughborough, Second Division, 12 March 1900[60]
  • Record FA Cup win: 12–0 against Ashford United, first qualifying round, 14 October 1893[60]
  • Record League Cup win: 7–0 against Leeds United, second round, 4 September 1979[60]
  • Record European win:[60]
7–0 against Standard Liège, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round, 3 November 1993
7–0 against Slavia Prague, UEFA Champions League group stage, 23 October 2007

Record defeats[edit]

  • Record league defeat: 0–8 against Loughborough,[c] Second Division, 12 December 1896[60]
  • Record FA Cup defeat:[65]
0–6 against Sunderland, first round, 21 January 1893
0–6 against Derby County, first round, 28 January 1899
0–6 against West Ham United, third round, 5 January 1946
  • Record League Cup defeat: 0–5 against Chelsea, fourth round, 11 November 1998[60]
  • Record European defeat: 0–4 against Milan, UEFA Champions League round of 16, 15 February 2012[60]

Record consecutive results[edit]

Arsenal hold several English football records, including the longest unbeaten sequence in the top flight, with 49. In the 2001–02 season, en route to winning the title, the club had won their remaining 13 matches. A 2–0 win against Birmingham City in the first match of the following season meant Arsenal broke the national record for the most consecutive league wins in the top division.[66] Arsenal scored in all 55 league matches from between 19 May 2001 to 30 November 2002 and also hold the longest unbeaten away sequence in league football with 27, from 5 April 2003 to 25 September 2004.[67]

  • Record consecutive wins: 14, from 12 September 1987 to 11 November 1987[65]
  • Record consecutive league wins: 14, from 10 February 2002 to 18 August 2002[61]
  • Record consecutive wins coming from behind: 4, from 11 February 2012 to 12 March 2012[68]
  • Record consecutive defeats: 8, from 12 February 1977 to 12 March 1977[65]
  • Record consecutive league defeats: 7, from 12 February 1977 to 12 March 1977[65]
  • Record consecutive draws: 6, from 3 March 1961 to 1 April 1961[65]
  • Record consecutive matches without a defeat: 28, from 9 April 2007 to 24 November 2007[65]
  • Record consecutive league matches without a defeat: 49, from 7 May 2003 to 16 October 2004[65]
  • Record consecutive matches without a win: 19, from 28 September 1912 to 15 January 1913[69]
  • Record consecutive league matches without a win: 23, from 28 September 1912 to 1 March 1913[65]

Goals[edit]

  • Most league goals scored in a season: 127 in 42 matches, First Division, 1930–31[70]
  • Fewest league goals scored in a season: 26 in 38 matches, First Division, 1912–13[71]
  • Most league goals conceded in a season: 86 in 42 matches, First Division, 1926–27 and 1927–28[72]
  • Fewest league goals conceded in a season: 17 in 38 matches, Premier League, 1998–99[73]

Points[edit]

  • Most points in a season:
    • Two points for a win: 66 in 42 matches, First Division, 1930–31[74]
    • Three points for a win: 90 in 38 matches, Premier League, 2003–04[75]
  • Fewest points in a season:
    • Two points for a win: 18 in 38 matches, First Division, 1912–13[71]
    • Three points for a win: 51 in 42 matches, Premier League, 1994–95[76]

Attendances[edit]

This section applies to attendances at Highbury, where Arsenal played their home matches from 1913 to 2006, the Emirates Stadium, the club's present home, and Wembley Stadium, which acted as Arsenal's home in the UEFA Champions League during the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 seasons.[16] Arsenal's attendance figures since the move to the Emirates Stadium have been measured by tickets sold.[77]

  • Highest attendance at Highbury: 73,295, against Sunderland, First Division, 9 March 1935
  • Lowest attendance at Highbury: 4,554, against Leeds United, First Division, 5 May 1966
  • Highest attendance at the Emirates Stadium: 60,161, against Manchester United, Premier League, 3 November 2007
  • Lowest attendance at the Emirates Stadium: 46,539, against Shrewsbury Town, League Cup third round, 20 September 2011
  • Highest attendance Wembley Stadium: 73,707, against Lens, UEFA Champions League group stage, 25 November 1998
  • Lowest attendance at Wembley Stadium: 71,227, against AIK, UEFA Champions League group stage, 22 September 1999

On 17 January 1948, a league-record attendance of 83,260 watched Manchester United play Arsenal at Maine Road.[78] All of the top three attendances in league football occurred at Arsenal games.[78]

European statistics[edit]

Arsenal have won two European honours: the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970 and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1994. They also reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 2000, and became the first London team to appear in a UEFA Champions League final in 2006.[79][80] Despite having never won the UEFA Champions League, Arsenal have set numerous records in the competition. Between 1998–99 and 2015–16, they participated in eighteen successive seasons, a record only surpassed in Europe by Real Madrid.[81] Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann kept ten consecutive clean sheets in the run-in to Arsenal's first UEFA Champions League final and the defence went 995 minutes until conceding a goal.[82] Arsenal were also the first British side to defeat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund away from home, and both Milanese teams: Internazionale and Milan at the San Siro.[83]

Thierry Henry holds the club record for most appearances with 86, and is the club's record goalscorer in European competitions with 42 goals.[16][21]

Global records[edit]

In August 1928, Arsenal, alongside Chelsea, made history by becoming the first football clubs to wear numbered shirts.[84] A year earlier the first ever live radio commentary of a football match took place, between Arsenal and Sheffield United.[85] Arsenal played in the first match broadcast live on television, against their reserve counterparts in 1937 and have since participated in the world's first live 3D and interactive football matches, both with Manchester United.[86][87][88]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Laurie Scott and George Eastham were called up to England squads (1950, and 1962 and 1966, respectively), but did not play.[32]
  2. ^ George Eastham was retrospectively awarded a medal for being a non-playing member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning side.[36]
  3. ^ Unusually, Arsenal were forced to play two matches on the same day on 12 December 1896; while the first team took on Loughborough in the League, the reserves played Leyton in the FA Cup. The irony is that the reserves won handsomely, 5–0, whilst the seniors suffered Arsenal's record league defeat.[61][62] Additionally, Arsenal lost 0–9 to Chelsea in a wartime London Combination match on 21 April 1916,[63] but this is not counted as an official first-class match.[64]

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