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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]

KeyEdit

  • 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 6 October 2019. 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.

PlayersEdit

 
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 made 221 appearances for Arsenal and is the current Arsenal Academy manager

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
Freddie 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
Oleh Luzhny   Ukraine RB 1999–2003 91 19 110 0
Sylvain Wiltord   France FW 2000–2004 124 51 176 49
Robert Pires   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 2008–2019 261 108 369 64
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 2010–2019 342 11 353 27
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 2013–2019 223 28 251 10
Mesut Özil   Germany MF 2013– 217 16 233 43
Héctor Bellerín   Spain RB 2013– 169 14 183 7
Alexis Sánchez   Chile FW 2014–2018 153 13 166 80
Danny Welbeck   England FW 2014–2019 78 48 126 32
Petr Čech   Czech Republic GK 2015–2019 139 0 139 0
Alex Iwobi   Nigeria MF 2015–2019 103 46 149 15
Granit Xhaka    Switzerland MF 2016– 134 8 142 11
Shkodran Mustafi   Germany CB 2016– 114 4 118 8

World Cup winnersEdit

Only lists players who were at Arsenal when they won the World Cup

FootnotesEdit

  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.

ReferencesEdit

General

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Specific

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  3. ^ Joy (1952), p. 9.
  4. ^ Joy (1952), p. 32.
  5. ^ Joy (1952), p. 28.
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