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EventsEdit

  • 5 May: Midfielder Mathieu Flamini agrees to a four-year contract with Italian club Milan, meaning he will leave Arsenal on a free transfer on 1 July.[1]
  • 23 May: Physiotherapist Neal Reynolds agrees to join Arsenal from Norwich City.[2]
  • 28 May: Arsenal are granted a work permit for striker Carlos Vela, who spent the 2007–08 season on loan to Osasuna.[3]
  • 3 June: Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann joins VfB Stuttgart on a free transfer.[4]
  • 4 June: Defender Bacary Sagna signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[5]
  • 9 June: Central defender/defensive midfielder Alex Song agrees to a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[6]
  • 9 June: Physiotherapist Gary Lewin agrees to leave Arsenal to become full-time Head of Physiotherapy for England on 1 August.[7]
  • 13 June: Midfielder Aaron Ramsey signs for Arsenal from Cardiff City.[8]
  • 20 June: Defender Gaël Clichy signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[9]
  • 11 July: Attacking midfielder Samir Nasri signs for Arsenal from Marseille.[10]
  • 16 July: Attacking midfielder Alexander Hleb signs for Barcelona from Arsenal.[11]
  • 17 July: Defensive midfielder Gilberto Silva signs for Panathinaikos from Arsenal.[12]
  • 30 July: Arsenal sign midfielder Amaury Bischoff from Werder Bremen.[13]
  • 9 August: Arsenal retains their Amsterdam Tournament Title after drawing 1–1 with Sevilla.[14]
  • 13 August: Arsenal start their European campaign by defeating Twente in the first leg of their 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third Round Qualifying Round.[15]
  • 16 August: Defender Justin Hoyte signs for Middlesbrough from Arsenal.[16]
  • 18 August: Striker Emmanuel Adebayor signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[17]
  • 20 August: Arsenal sign Defender Mikaël Silvestre from Manchester United.[18] Silvestre becomes the first Manchester United player to join Arsenal since Brian Kidd in 1974 .[19]
  • 23 August: Arsenal suffer their first defeat of the season against Fulham by losing 1–0 from a Brede Hangeland goal.[20]
  • 27 August: Arsenal qualify for the group stages of the Champions League by defeating Twente 4–0 at the Emirates Stadium and 6–0 on aggregate.[21]
  • 1 September: Defender Kieran Gibbs signs a new contract with Arsenal.[22]
  • 22 September: Swiss defender Johan Djourou signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[23]
  • 27 September: Arsenal's second defeat at the Emirates Stadium was a 2–1 loss to Hull City who came back from an Arsenal lead early in the second half.[24]
  • 21 November: Sky Sports News and the BBC report that William Gallas has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following a verbal outburst against other players, however Arsenal FC refuse to comment.[25][26]
  • 24 November: Arsène Wenger announces that Cesc Fàbregas is the new permanent Arsenal captain, thus confirming reports that William Gallas has been stripped of the captaincy.[27]
  • 23 December: Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas is ruled out for 4 months with a ligament injury after colliding with fellow Spaniard Xabi Alonso in a 1–1 draw with Liverpool.[28]
  • 5 January: Midfielder Jack Wilshere signs a professional contract with Arsenal.[29]
  • 3 February: After protracted transfer negotiations, Arsenal announce the signing of Russian international Andrey Arshavin for an undisclosed fee.[30]
  • 8 February: 350 days after suffering a broken leg and open dislocation to his ankle, striker Eduardo is named on the substitutes bench in Arsenal's 0–0 draw against rivals Tottenham Hotspur.[31]
  • 16 February: Striker Eduardo makes his first start in nearly a year in Arsenal's fourth round replay against Cardiff. He scores twice before being substituted in the 67th minute in a 4–0 win.[32]
  • 11 March: Arsenal progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Roma 7–6 on penalties after the tie was level at 1–1 after two legs.[33]
  • 14 March: Andrey Arshavin scores his first goal for Arsenal in the club's 4–0 Premier League victory over Blackburn Rovers.[34]
  • 18 April: Amid various injuries in defence, Arsenal are knocked out of the FA Cup in a 2–1 defeat to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the semi-finals.[35]
  • 21 April: 4 goals from man of the match Andrey Arshavin dents Liverpool's Premier League title hopes. The match at Anfield ends in a 4–4 draw.[36]
  • 5 May: Arsenal are knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, losing 4–1 on aggregate to defending champions, Manchester United.[37]
  • 8 May: Striker Theo Walcott signs a new "long-term" contract with Arsenal.[38]
  • 8 May: Striker Nicklas Bendtner is fined for "unacceptable" behaviour following nightclub disrepute after the Manchester United game. Bendtner apologised for his actions shortly afterward.[39]

PlayersEdit

Squad informationEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK   Almunia 32 EU 2004 125 0 undisclosed[40] £ 0.5m
3 DF   Sagna 26 EU 2007 89 1 2014[41] £ 7.5m
5 DF   Touré (VC) 28 Non-EU 2002 (Winter) 326 14 undisclosed[42] £ 0.15m
10 DF   Gallas 31 EU 2006 109 13 undisclosed[43] Part exchange with
A. Cole+£5m[44]
22 DF   Clichy 23 EU 2003 187 1 2012[45] £ 0.25m
15 MF   Denílson 21 Non-EU 2006 93 5 undisclosed[46] £ 3.4m
4 MF   Fàbregas (captain) 22 EU 2003 231 29 2014[47] Free
17 DF   Song 21 EU 2005 78 3 undisclosed[48] £ 1.0m
8 MF   Nasri 21 EU 2008 44 7 undisclosed[49] £ 12m[50]
25 FW   Adebayor 25 Non-EU 2006 (Winter) 142 62 undisclosed[51] £ 3m
11 FW   v. Persie 25 EU 2004 177 63 2011[52] £ 2.75m
26 FW   Bendtner 21 EU 2004 93 23 2012[53] Youth system
27 MF   Eboué 25 Non-EU 2005 (Winter) 147 6 undisclosed[54] £ 1.54m
2 MF   Diaby 23 EU 2006 (Winter) 98 10 undisclosed[55] £ 2m
14 FW   Walcott 20 EU 2006 (Winter) 106 14 undisclosed[56] £ 9.1m
20 DF    Djourou 22 Non-EU 2003 77 0 undisclosed[57] Youth system
12 FW   Vela 20 Non-EU 2005 29 6 2010 £ 0.5m[58]
18 DF   Silvestre 31 EU 2008 23 2 2010[59] £ 0.75m[59]
16 MF   Ramsey 18 EU 2008 22 1 undisclosed £ 4.8m[60]
40 DF   Gibbs 19 EU 2007 23 0 undisclosed[61] Youth system
21 GK   Fabiański 24 EU 2007 26 0 undisclosed[62] £ 2.0m
23 MF   Arshavin 27 Non-EU 2009 (Winter) 15 6 2012[63] £ 15.0m
19 MF   Wilshere 17 EU 2008 8 1 undisclosed[29] Youth system
9 FW    Eduardo 26 Non-EU 2007 35 15 2011[64] £ 7.5m
28 MF    Bischoff 22 EU 2008 4 0 undisclosed[65] Free
24 GK   Mannone 21 EU 2005 1 0 undisclosed[66] £ 0.35m
7 MF   Rosický 28 EU 2006 61 13 undisclosed[67] £ 6.8m

TransfersEdit

InEdit

# Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
16 MF   Aaron Ramsey   Cardiff City £4,800,000 13 June 2008 First-team [8]
8 MF   Samir Nasri   Marseille £12,000,000 11 July 2008 First-team [10]
28 MF   Amaury Bischoff   Werder Bremen Free transfer 30 July 2008 First-team [13]
18 DF   Mikaël Silvestre   Manchester United £750,000 20 August 2008 First-team [18]
23 MF   Andrey Arshavin   Zenit Saint Petersburg £15,000,000 3 February 2009 First-team [30]

Total spending:   £32,550,000

OutEdit

# Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
1 GK   Jens Lehmann   VfB Stuttgart Free transfer (Released) 3 June 2008 [4]
16 MF   Mathieu Flamini   Milan Free transfer (Released) 1 July 2008 [1]
13 MF   Alexander Hleb   Barcelona £11,900,000 16 July 2008 [11]
19 MF   Gilberto Silva   Panathinaikos £1,000,000 17 July 2008 [12]
31 DF   Justin Hoyte   Middlesbrough £3,000,000 16 August 2008 [16]

Total income:   £15,900,000

Loan outEdit

Squad # Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Source
DF   Kerrea Gilbert   Leicester City 11 July 2008 End of the season [68]
30 DF   Armand Traoré   Portsmouth 21 August 2008 End of the season [69]
6 DF   Philippe Senderos   Milan 26 July 2008 End of the season [70]
50 FW   Jay Simpson   West Bromwich Albion 31 December 2008 End of the season [71]

Overall transfer activityEdit

SpendingEdit

  £32,550,000

IncomeEdit

  £15,900,000

Net expenditureEdit

  £16,650,000

Squad statsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Manuel Almunia 44 0 32 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2 MF   Abou Diaby 36 4 16+8 3 4+1 0 0 0 5+2 1
3 DF   Bacary Sagna 49 0 34+1 0 5 0 0 0 9 0
4 MF   Cesc Fàbregas 33 3 22 3 1 0 0 0 10 0
5 DF   Kolo Touré 41 1 26+3 1 3 0 0 0 9 0
7 MF   Tomáš Rosický 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF   Samir Nasri 44 7 28+1 6 3+2 0 0 0 10 1
9 FW   Eduardo 4 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 0+2 0
10 DF   William Gallas 36 6 23 2 4 1 0 0 9 3
11 FW   Robin van Persie 44 20 24+4 11 4+2 4 0 0 10 5
12 FW   Carlos Vela 29 6 2+12 1 3+1 1 3 4 2+6 0
14 FW   Theo Walcott 35 6 16+6 2 2+1 1 0 0 9+1 3
15 MF   Denílson 51 3 36+1 3 2 0 0 0 11+1 0
16 MF   Aaron Ramsey 22 1 1+8 0 2+2 0 3 0 4+2 1
17 DM   Alex Song 48 2 23+8 1 4 0 2 0 8+3 1
18 DF   Mikaël Silvestre 23 2 12+2 2 2 0 1 0 6 0
19 MF   Jack Wilshere 8 1 0+1 0 0+2 0 3 1 0+2 0
20 DF   Johan Djourou 29 0 13+2 0 4 0 2 0 6+2 0
21 GK   Łukasz Fabiański 18 0 5+1 0 6 0 3 0 2+1 0
22 DF   Gaël Clichy 41 1 30+1 1 0 0 0 0 10 0
23 MF   Andrey Arshavin 15 6 12 6 2+1 0 0 0 0 0
24 GK   Vito Mannone 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 FW   Emmanuel Adebayor 37 16 21+5 10 1+1 0 0 0 8+1 6
26 FW   Nicklas Bendtner 50 15 17+14 9 3+2 2 2 2 5+7 2
27 DF   Emmanuel Eboué 44 4 17+11 3 4+1 1 0 0 6+5 0
28 MF   Amaury Bischoff 4 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+2 0 0 0
35 MF   Francis Coquelin [R] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
39 FW   Rui Fonte [R] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
40 DF   Kieran Gibbs 21 0 6+2 0 5+1 0 3 0 3+1 0
41 DF   Gavin Hoyte [R] 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
42 MF   Henri Lansbury [R] 3 0 0 0 0 0 0+3 0 0 0
43 MF   Fran Mérida [R] 5 0 0+2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
47 MF   Mark Randall [R] 6 0 0+1 0 0 0 3 0 0+2 0
49 DF   Paul Rodgers [R] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 FW   Jay Simpson [R] [L] 3 2 0 0 0 0 1+2 2 0 0

Source: Arsenal F.C.

Disciplinary recordEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
      Notes
11 FW   v. Persie 9 0 1
25 FW   Adebayor 5 1 0
27 MF   Eboué 3 1 0
22 DF   Clichy 9 0 0
17 DF   Song 8 0 0
8 MF   Nasri 8 0 0
4 MF   Fàbregas 8 0 0
2 MF   Diaby 7 0 0
10 DF   Gallas 5 0 0
3 DF   Sagna 5 0 0
15 MF   Denílson 5 0 0
26 FW   Bendtner 4 0 0
5 DF   Touré 4 0 0
40 DF   Gibbs 2 0 0
20 DF    Djourou 2 0 0
16 MF   Ramsey 2 0 0
23 MF   Arshavin 2 0 0
47 MF   Randall 1 0 0
43 MF   Mérida 1 0 0
12 FW   Vela 1 0 0
18 DF   Silvestre 1 0 0

Last updated: 24 May
Source: Match reports in Competitive matches
Only competitive matches
  = Number of bookings;   = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card;   = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Start formationsEdit

Qnt Formation Match(es)
51 4–4–2 1–13, 15–29, 31–49, 52–53, 57–58, 61
8 4–2–3–1 14, 50–51, 54–56, 59–60
1 4–4–1–1 30[72]
Last updated: 24 May
Source:[citation needed]
Only competitive matches.

ClubEdit

Coaching staffEdit

 
This was Arsène Wenger's 13th seasons with Arsenal.
Position Staff
Manager   Arsène Wenger
Assistant manager   Pat Rice
First team coach   Boro Primorac
Goalkeeping coach   Gerry Peyton
Physiotherapist   Colin Lewin
Fitness coach   Tony Colbert
Chief scout   Steve Rowley
Kit manager   Vic Akers

Source: Arsenal FC

KitEdit

Supplier: Nike / Sponsor: Fly Emirates

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

Kit informationEdit

The completely new set of Arsenal kit was launched.

  • Home The home kit was rather controversial, as Nike ditched the white sleeves that the club was well known for. The shirt has a white wide stripe on each sleeve, flanked by two dark red, narrower stripes. It has a red V-neck collar which is the same colour as the primary shirt colour. The shirt is complemented by white shorts with a dark-red trim, and white socks with a red horizontal stripe. Red socks with white horizontal stripe were used in some away games. Arsenal revealed that the kit would be used for two seasons.
  • Away The away kit harps back to the glory days of the late 1980s which gave the strip a modern touch, where the shirts are yellow with navy sleeves and a red trim. The shorts are navy with red trim and the socks are yellow and blue. It featured red trimmings on the side of the strip.
  • Keeper The three goalkeeper kit, which were all based on Nike's new template, which in turn featured one conspicuous swirl on the kit. The main kit was grey, but the second kit was green/navy and the third kit black was available, should they be required.

Other informationEdit

 
The Emirates Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Premier League.
Chairman   Peter Hill-Wood
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Emirates Stadium (60,432 / 105x68 meters)

Updated to match played 15 June
Source: Arsenal FC and www.footballgroundguide.com

CompetitionsEdit

OverallEdit

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 4 16 August 24 May
Champions League Third qualifying round Semi-finals 13 August 5 May
Football League Cup 3rd round Quarter finals 23 September 2 December
FA Cup 3rd round Semi-finals 3 January 18 April

Updated to match played 24 May
Source: Competitions

Premier LeagueEdit

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86 Qualification for the Champions League group stage[a]
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 Qualification for the Europa League play-off round[a]
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Since both finalists of the FA Cup (Chelsea and Everton) and Manchester United (League Cup winners) qualified for the European competitions based on their league position, the sixth-placed team (Aston Villa) received a berth in the Europa League play-off round and the seventh-placed team (Fulham) received a berth in the Europa League third qualifying round.

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 20 12 6 68 37  +31 72 11 5 3 31 16  +15 9 7 3 37 21  +16

Last updated: 24 May.
Source: Premier League

Results by roundEdit

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAHAAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAH
ResultWLWWWLDWWDLWLLWWDDDWWWDDDDDWWWWWDWWLDW
Position914431444434345445555555555554444444444
Updated to match(es) played on 24 May. Source: Competitive Matches
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Third qualifying roundEdit

Group stageEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Porto 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 12
  Arsenal 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
  Dynamo Kyiv 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
  Fenerbahçe 6 0 2 4 4 11 −7 2

Knockout phaseEdit

Round of 16Edit
Quarter-finalsEdit
Semi-finalsEdit

FA CupEdit

Football League CupEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Last updated: 9 August
Source: Arsenal FC

See alsoEdit

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