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Arsenal: Five Years in Review - Good, Bad & the Terrible
By Brodey Sheppard - June 01, 2016
From its formation in 1886, to the incredible undefeated streak in the 2003-04 season, and the highs and lows of the recent years, Arsenal continues to perform for the love of the football game.
So here we look back at the recent years for the Gunners, and Arsenal's Premier League stats and results. We will first give a brief history of the club, and then their performance in the past League and Cup Ladders from seasons 2010-11 to 2015-16. We will then review the last time Arsenal won the Premier League. After that, we will talk about Arsenal’s average game attendance, fan base and net worth.
We will talk about the current iconic manager of Arsenal: Arsène Wenger. Then, we will show you the list of all the football players of Arsenal from 2010 to 2016, including the club’s expensive transfers and the current First-team squad.
We will talk about the best performing Arsenal players in the recent years and the top Arsenal goalscorers for the past six football seasons. Lastly, we will take a look back at the most recent season, 2015-16, and recap the highlights and the low points of the Gunners.
And so we begin this review on Arsenal’s performance for the past five years.
Arsenal: A Short Club History
Formation and Early Years
With more than a century of rich history behind them, Arsenal remains to be one of the most celebrated sports teams in the entire world to watch and to place football wagers on.
It all began in 1886, with a man named David Danskin. Danskin was a football enthusiast who lived in Woolwich, an area predominantly controlled by rugby and cricket. He worked at an armaments factory in south London, and decided to form a football team with his fellow workers. The club was first called Dial Square.
Eventually the name changed to Woolwich Arsenal. The team played their first match at Plumstead Common.
Woolwich Arsenal did not have the easiest time getting accepted to the Football League. But when they did, they were placed in the old Second Division. Their first league game was held on September 2, 1893. That game ended in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United. That same year, Woolwich Arsenal beat Ashford United 12-0 in the FA Cup. This score is still Arsenal’s largest ever margin of victory in the FA Cup competition.
In their first season of league football, Woolwich Arsenal finished with 28 points for 28 games, which was a respectable outcome for their very first campaign.
The Move to Highbury: Birth of a Rivalry
In 1913, Woolwich Arsenal found itself in financial trouble and would soon have to stop participating in football games in England. Help arrived in the form of Henry Norris, an English businessman who already was a major shareholder of Woolwich Arsenal in the 1910s. During this time, he was also the owner of Fullham.
To save Woolwich Arsenal, Norris decided that he would merge Woolwich Arsenal and Fullham. This however, was obstructed by the Football Association. Norris has left with one option – he decided to move the club.
After careful assessment of options, Norris chose Highbury would be Woolwich Arsenal’s new home. This is where the rivalries in the North-London footballing world began.
North London was already home to Totttenham Hotspur and Homerton (now known as Clapton Orient). Both these teams rejected the idea of Woolwich Arsenal moving in, and even made appeals to the League Management Committee. In the end, the committee allowed the move, and Woolwich Arsenal dropped the “Woolwich” part of the name.
Arsenal played their first game in Highbury in September 1913, and defeated Leicester Fosse 2-1.
Hebert Chapman: The Man Behind Arsenal’s White Sleeves
Many sports professionals still say that the hiring of Herbert Chapman is still the most important signing in the entire Arsenal history. Chapman was hired in 1925, and managed the team until his untimely death in 1934.
Chapman was the ingenious innovator of the 3-2-2-3 formation that took Arsenal to new heights, and helped revolutionise the Arsenal we know today. The formation also took English soccer by storm in the 1930s. It was under his leadership that Arsenal won two First Division titles and two FA Cups.
Chapman was also responsible for the idea of adding the white sleeves to Arsenal’s uniform. He believed that having that contrast on the field was important for the players to see each other.
Arsenal in the 21st Century
By the time the new millennium rolled in, Arsenal was already one of the most watchable sides in the England. In 2004, Arsenal topped the Premier League scores with a remarkable performance: the Gunners went unbeaten through the 38-game campaign. Arsenal even exceeded that unbeaten run with an English-record of 49 undefeated matches in 2004-05, but they had to surrender the League title to Chelsea that year.
The move to the Emirates Stadium in the same year signified a new era for Arsenal. A younger team continued to play the brand of football for which Wenger was known for. Today, with a healthy mix of new and older players, Arsenal was able to finish second in the League in 2016. This year is perhaps the closest they’ve come to claiming back the league title since the 2003-04 season. With a new season just around the corner, there is a lot to be expected from Arsenal in the 21st Century. If you are expecting great victories for the upcoming 2016-17 season, then place a bet for Arsenal at Winner Sports.
Finishing Position in League and Cup Ladders Season 2010-11 to 2015-16
There have been many memorable Arsenal moments in the past six years. Here is a summary of their performance broken down into each season.
The 2010-11 football season was the 19th season for Arsenal in the Premier League. Arsenal was within one point of the league leader's Manchester United by the end of February. Unfortunately, the Gunners had only one league win throughout the months of March and April that followed. This put Arsenal in 4th position in the league ladder. Arsenal’s hope to win the UEFA Champions League was also ended by Barcelona. Arsenal was beaten 4-3 in the round of 16 stage.
Arsenal continued to struggle in 2011, when their chances of winning the FA Cup dwindled away because of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Arsenal came close to winning the League Cup and did reach the final. But they ended up conceding to Birmingham City in the 89th minute.
The 2011-12 season marked Arsenal’s 125th anniversary. Sadly, they fell short of winning any silverware. Their participation is the Champions League was cut very short, due to a 4-0 loss to Milan at the knockout stage. Arsenal got kicked out of the FA Cup in the 5th round courtesy of Sunderland, and also got booted out of the League Cup in the quarter-finals against Manchester City.
Thankfully for Arsenal fans, the club was able to finish in 3rd place of the League Ladder after a 3-2 win against West Bromwich Albion.
A year later in the 2012-13 season, Arsenal participated in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Arsenal started strong in the League Cup with their highest scoring game of the season – a 7-5 win against Reading. The chance to win the League Cup slipped out of their hands eventually, and Arsenal lost to fourth-division Bradford City on penalties in the quarter-finals. In the FA Cup, Arsenal was also knocked out by Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round.
Despite an impressive 2-0 win against Bavaria in the Champions League, Arsenal was eliminated in the Champions League due to the away goals rule against Bayern Munich
After finishing in fourth place in the 2012-13 season, Arsenal was able to participate in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and the UEFA Champions League in the 2013-14 football season.
The 2013-14 season started out really well for Arsenal. They became early pace-setters in the title race. Arsenal led the table for much of the season, but a combination of injuries of some of the key players lead to heavy defeats in the latter part of the season which cost them the League Cup. The Gunners, however, declared victory for the FA Cup after a dramatic 3-2 win over Hull City in the finals.
The 2014-15 Arsenal season started with a lot of inconsistencies because most of the key players were still recuperating from the injuries sustained the season before. It took the entire first half of the season for the team to get in sync. But when the second half of the season came around, the club charged in full steam. Arsenal finished the league season in third, and reclaimed the FA Cup.
The most recent football season for Arsenal has also had its gloomy and shiny moments. We will talk about Arsenal’s 2015-16 season in more depth later on in the article, and you can decide what bets to place for the next season at trusted bookies like Winner Sports online. For now, take a look at this overview of Arsenal’s performance for the past five years.
Premier League Ladder (Season 2010/11 to 2015/16)
|Season||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Goals For||Goals Against||Points||Position|
FA Cup (Season 2010-11 to 2015-16)
|Season||Round Start||Final Position|
|2010 - 2011||Round 3||Round 6|
|2011 - 2012||Round 3||Round 5|
|2012 - 2013||Round 3||Round 5|
|2013 - 2014||Round 3||Winners|
|2014 - 2015||Round 3||Winners|
|2015 - 2016||Round 3||Quarter Finals|
Football League Cup (Season 2010-11 to 2015-16)
|Season||Round Start||Final Position|
|2010 - 2011||Round 3||Runners-up|
|2011 - 2012||Round 3 ||Quarter Finals|
|2012 - 2013||Round 3 ||Quarter Finals|
|2013 - 2014||Round 3 ||Round 4|
|2014 - 2015||Round 3 ||Round 3|
|2015 - 2016||Round 3 ||Round 4|
Community Shield (Season 2010-11 to 2015-16)
|Season||Round Start||Final Position|
|2010 - 2011||-||-|
|2011 - 2012||-||-|
|2012 - 2013||-||-|
|2013 - 2014||-||-|
|2014 - 2015||Finals||Winners|
|2015 - 2016||Finals||Winners|
UEFA Champions League (Season 2010-11 to 2015-16)
|Season||Round Start||Final Position|
|2010 - 2011||Group Stage||Round 16|
|2011 - 2012||Play-off Round||Round 16|
|2012 - 2013||Group Stage||Round 16 |
|2013 - 2014||Play-off Round||Round 16 |
|2014 - 2015||Play-off Round||Round 16 |
|2015 - 2016||Group Stage||Round 16 |
The Last Time Arsenal Won the Premiers League
The 2003-04 Premier League Season went down in history as a landmark for Arsenal. This was the last season that they won the Premiers League – and it was incredible. Arsenal went through the entire league campaign undefeated, with a total of 26 wins and 12 draws. They won that year by an 11-point margin.
The Gunners’ squad that year came to be known as “The Invincibles”. What probably made their winning year even more impressive was the lack of funding available to the club back then. Because of the rising costs of the construction of their stadium, Arsène Wenger has little money to spend for new players. In fact, the biggest signings for the year were on Dutch striker Robin Van Persie for £3 million, and German keeper Jens Lehmann for less than £2 million. (Remember that this was a time when Chelsea was spending more than £32 million to sign Claude Makélélé and Hernán Crespo.)
Arsenal relied on the strength of the team to win the Premier League. There were exemplary performances from each member, especially from Theirry Henry, Jens Lehmann and Robert Pires.
The defining moment in the title race came in February 2004, then Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Continuing their winning streak, the Gunners defeated Liverpool 4-2 at Highbury. Thierry Henry – who had already surpassed 100 Premier League goals at this point – stole the show with a hat-trick that gave the team the lead and the win.
With only five games left in the season, Arsenal had a solid record of 24 wins, 10 draws and zero losses. Going into their match against fierce rival Tottenham, the Gunners needed just one point to secure the Premier League title, since they already held a commanding ten-point lead over second-place Chelsea. Arsenal sealed the title win with a 2-2 draw with the Spurs. They ended the season with a 2-1 win over Leicester City on the final day.
Arsenal Average Attendance, Fan Base and Net Worth
Arsenal Average Attendance and Fan Base
Arsenal has developed a strong following since its establishment in 1886. Arsenal fans are often called the "Gooners", a name that is derived from Arsenal’s nickname the "Gunners".
Today, there are many fan magazines, websites, best sports betting sites, blogs and online videos that are dedicated to the club. Fans take rivalries seriously. Most notable is the Gunners’ rivalry with neighbours Tottenham Hotspur.
In 2005, Arsenal’s global fan base was estimated at 27 million, which was then the third largest in the world. An updated estimate in September 2011 claimed that there were around 100 million Arsenal fans worldwide – still making it the third largest team in terms of supporters.
When it comes to home attendance in the English Premier League, Arsenal ranks in second place after Manchester United with an average of 58,483. The lowest average estimate is 31,824, while the highest average estimate is 60,084. It is estimated that the home stadium is usually 96.9% full (the Emirates Stadium having a total capacity of 60,300).
Here are the average attendance figures for home games for the past six years:
|Year||Average Attendance, Emirates Stadium|
In addition to the usual English football chants, the Gooners sing “One-Nil to the Arsenal" to the tune of "Go West". Arsenal fans also regularly sing “Who's that team they call the Arsenal", "Good Old Arsenal" to the tune of "Rule, Britannia!", and "We're the North Bank/Clock End Highbury".
Arsenal Net Worth
According to Forbes The Business of Soccer, Arsenal is presently in fifth place in net worth rankings with a current value of US$2.017 billion. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. Arsenal is then followed by Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.
Here are some of the figures on Arsenal:
- Revenue: US$524 million (£331 million)
- Operating Income: US$122 million (£77 million)
- Debt/Value: 17%
- 1-Year Value Change: 54%
- Match Day: $550 million
- Broadcasting: $699 million
- Commercial: $503 million
It was during the 2014-15 season that Arsenal had the highest matchday revenue ever recorded of any team. The revenue amounted to US$158 million.
The Wenger Years
When Arsène Wenger joined Arsenal back in September 1996, Arsenal fans wondered who on earth this man was. Back then, Wenger was virtually unknown to English football. But any doubts that lingered over his appointment were soon dispelled. He guided the club to their second League and FA Cup double during his first full season at Highbury in 1998.
Peter Hill-Wood, former chairman of Arsenal Football Club, was highly optimistic of Wenger from the very beginning of his managing career. Hill-Wood said, “I believe Arsène Wenger is going to be a great success and drag football in this country into the 20th century. There is no doubt in my mind we are blinkered and backward as a sporting nation. Look at the British results in Europe, they were not good, including ours. We keep telling ourselves we have the best league in Europe, but it is not true. We need to catch up with the Continentals and we think Arsène is the man to help us.”
Wenger has been credited with promoting the importance of diet and nutrition in football, as well as advocating the principle that the sport ought to be entertaining on the pitch. He has the nickname "Le Professeur", which is used by sports betting fans and British media to reflect Wenger’s serious and studious demeanour. Wenger has been voted Manager of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2004. He led the club to win League titles in 2002 and 2004. Wenger also took Arsenal to their first UEFA Champions League final in 2006. In 2009, Wenger surpassed former manager Ian Allinson to become Arsenal’s longest serving manager.
Throughout his managerial career, Wenger has trusted his players to perform and learn from their own mistakes. He encourages the players to show intuition. Wenger is known to makes observations rather than explicitly giving orders. He characteristically zeroes in on the strengths of his players and squad, rather than looking for areas to exploit the opponents.
Here are Wenger’s latest managerial career statistics, as of 15 May 2016:
- Full Name: Arsène Wenger
- Born: October 22, 1949 in Strasbourg, France
- Previous Clubs (as a player): Mutzig, Mulhouse, and Strasbourg
- Previous Clubs (as a manager/coach): Strasbourg, Cannes, Nancy, AS Monaco, and Grampus Eight Nagoya
- Joined Arsenal: October 1, 1996
- Premier League Titles: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
- FA Cup Wins: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Charity/Community Shield Wins: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015
Arsenal's Match Statistics Under Wenger, 1996-2016
|Arsenal Matches||Won||Drawn||Lost||Goals For||Goals Against||Win Percentage|
Wenger from 2011 to Present
In the past five years, Wenger has continued to guide Arsenal through league matches and cup competitions. The 2011-12 season began pretty challenging for Wenger. Despite insisting that not of the top players leave Arsenal, Gaël Clichy and Samir Nasri joined Manchester City, while Cesc Fàbregas moved to Barcelona. Arsenal made a horrible start that season, losing four out of seven opening matches. Eventually the team harmonised, with new players like Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker transferring in. The 2011-12 season was one without silverware, but Wenger managed to lead Arsenal to third position in the Premier League ladder and qualifying for the Champions League for the 15th time in a row.
The following 2012-13 season, the Gunners participated in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. Arsenal could not reach the League Cup, having lost to fourth-division Bradford City in the quarter-finals on penalties. The Champions League also proved fruitless after being knocked out by Bayern Munich.
During the 2013-14 season, Wenger celebrated his 1000th game. He is the fourth manager in English football to have reached 1,000 games, after Sir Matt Busby, Dario Gradi and Sir Alex Ferguson. It was during this season that Wenger sanctioned the club record signing of Mesut Özil from Real Madrid. Wenger himself convinced Özil. He phoned Özil and spoke using Özil’s native language, and convinced him that a move to England would enhance his playing career. Arsenal faced many losses in this season, including a 5–1 defeat to Liverpool and a 6–0 loss to Chelsea. Arsenal finished in fourth position in the league.
Wenger strengthened the team by signing in Alexis Sánchez from Barcelona during the course of the 2014–15 season. Wenger also promoted Francis Coquelin and Héctor Bellerín into the first-team. Arsenal participated in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and the UEFA Champions League during that season. Arsenal reached third position in the league table and got eliminated in the Champions League in round 16. Despite sports betting odds lining up against them, the season also had great victories. Arsenal won the FA Community Shield in a 3-0 match against Manchester City. Wenger also won his sixth FA Cup in May 2015. This FA Cup win placed Wenger alongside George Ramsay as the most successful manager in the competition's history, with six Cup victories.
Arsenal Players from 2010 to 2016
The football players of Arsenal have competed in numerous national, regional and international competitions. Here are the players who have participated in 100 or more games in the recent years.
|Cesc Fàbregas||Spain||Midfielder||2003 - 2011||303||57|
|Gaël Clichy ||France||Left Back||2003 - 2011||264||2|
|Philippe Senderos||Switzerland||Centre Back||2003 - 2010||117||4|
|Manual Almunia||Spain||Goalkeeper||2004 - 2012||175||0|
|Robin van Persie||Netherlands||Striker||2004 - 2012||278||132|
|Mathieu Flamini||France||Midfielder||2004-08, 13-16||246||13|
|Johan Djourou||Switzerland||Centre Back||2004 - 2014||144||1|
|Emmanuel Eboué||Ivory Coast||Right Back||2005 - 2011||214||10|
|Nicklas Bendtner||Denmark||Striker||2005 - 2014||171||47|
|Alexandre Song||Cameroon||Midfielder||2005 - 2012||204||10|
|William Gallas||France||Centre Back||2006 - 2010||142||17|
|Theo Walcott||England||Right Winger||2006 - present||344||85|
|Abou Diaby||France||Midfielder||2006 - 2015||180||19|
|Tomáš Rosický ||Czech Republic||Midfielder||2006 - 2016||246||28|
|Denílson ||Brazil||Midfielder||2006 - 2013||153||10|
|Bacary Sagna||France||Right Back||2007 - 2014||284||5|
|Kieran Gibbs||England||Left Back||2007 - present||208||6|
|Aaron Ramsey||Wales||Midfielder||2008 - present||265||43|
|Samir Nasri||France||Midfielder||2008 - 2011||125||27|
|Jack Wilshere||England||Midfielder||2008 - present||157||12|
|Francis Coquelin||France||Midfielder||2008 - present||108||0|
|Andrey Arshavin||Russia||Midfielder||2009 - 2013||144||31|
|Thomas Vermaelen||Belgium||Centre Back||2009 - 2014||150||15|
|Wojciech Szczesny ||Poland||Goalkeeper||2009 - present||181||0|
|Laurent Koscielny||France||Centre Back||2010 - present||248||20|
|Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain||England||Midfielder||2011 - present||149||14|
|Per Mertesacker||Germany||Centre Back||2011 - present||207||8|
|Mikel Arteta||Spain||Midfielder||2011 - 2016||150||16|
|Olivier Giroud||France||Striker||2012 - present||187||82|
|Santi Cazorla||Spain||Midfielder||2012 - present||169||27|
|Nacho Monreal||Spain||Left Back||2013 - present||131||2|
|Mesut Özil ||Germany||Midfielder||2013 - present||117||20|
Within the past five seasons, Arsenal has made substantial transactions to acquire and send off some of their players. Mesut Özil is the club's record signing. The fee amounted to £38.2 million, which was paid to Real Madrid back in September 2013.
Arsenal also paid £31.7 million for Alexis Sánchez to Spanish Club Barcelona. This was during the 2014-2015 season. The third most expensive transfer fee was attached to Danny Welbeck. The Gunners paid Manchester United £16 million for him back in September 2014.
The top transfer fee received by Arsenal was courtesy of Cesc Fàbregas who was acquired by Barcelona. Barca paid £29.8 million last August 2011 and a further £5.3 million in add-ons. In the same year, Manchester City also paid Arsenal a total of £24 million for Samir Nasri.
Present First-team squad
At present, the first-team squad is comprised of the following athletes:
- Goalkeepers – David Ospina (no. 13), and Petr Cech (no. 33)
- Defenders – Kieran Giibs (no. 3), Per Mertesacker (no. 4), Gabriel (no. 5), Laurent Koscielny (no. 6), Nacho Monreal (no. 18), Calum Chambers (no. 21), Hector Bellerin (no. 24), and Carl Jenkinson (no. 25)
- Midfielders – Tomas Rosicky (no. 7), Mikel Arteta (no. 8), Jack Wilshere (no. 10), Mesut Özil (no. 11), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (no. 15), Aaron Ramsey (no. 16), Santi Cazorla (no. 19), Mathieu Flamini (no. 20), Francis Coquelin (no. 34), and Mohamed Elneny (no. 35)
- Forwards – Olivier Giroud (no. 12), Theo Walcott (no. 14), Alexis (no. 17), Danny Welbeck (no. 23), Serge Gnabry (no. 27), Joel Campbell (no. 28), and Alex Iwobi (no. 45)
The following first-team squad members are currently on loan:
- Wojciech Szczęsny (no. 1) - on loan at Roma until the end of the 2015–16 season
- Mathieu Debuchy (no. 2) - on loan at Bordeaux until the end of the 2015–16 season
- Yaya Sanogo (no. 22) - on loan at Charlton Athletic until the end of the 2015–16 season
- Emiliano Martínez (no. 26) - on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the 2015–16 season
- Chuba Akpom (no. 32) - on loan at Hull City until the end of the 2015–16 season
- Isaac Hayden (no. 42) - on loan at Hull City until the end of the 2015–16 season
Best Performing Arsenal Players in Recent Years
Through the years, the Gunners have had their fair share of ups and downs. But when they do succeed, they are able to display great individual capability, as well as cohesive team ability. There have been many athletes who have played as members of Arsenal who amazed fans, critics and opponents, and have made Premier League wagering all the more fun.
Here are some of the more recent best performing Arsenal players.
1) Nacho Monreal
Considered by many as a dispensable player for the past seasons, Nacho Monreal has become one of the most reliable and consistent players in Arsenal. He is not only a consistent defender, but he is potentially the most consistent outfield player in the squad.
Monreal performed well in an unfamiliar centre back role in the beginning on the 2014-15 season, and now has established himself as Arsenal’s starting left back, ahead of Kieran Gibbs. Watching him on the field, it seems that the Spaniard can make no mistakes.
Monreal’s success on the field is a victory for Wenger’s squad-building strategy. Monreal was initially brought in as a player who could provide cover and competition for Gibbs, and he ultimately exceeded him in Wenger’s meritocratic system.
2) Santi Cazorla
The year 2015 was full of changes for Santi Cazorla. Two years ago, he was regarded almost exclusively as a wide playmaker, who had the ability to cut in from the left flank to support the other players like Mesut Ozil in the centre.
But in 2015, he had to dramatically change his playing position, due to an injury crisis that saw him redeployed on the field as a deep-lying midfielder. There were many concerns about his ability to sustain that role. Initially, he did look lost out on the wing. But as soon as the new year rolled in, Cazorla began to dispel those concerns.
Arsenal’s win over Manchester City at Etihad Stadium last year showed how brilliant Cazorla has been. He was making crucial interceptions and dazzling dribbles.
Cazorla has displayed a great deal of strength on the field. His lack of height has not been a problem, thanks to his amazing technical ability. His dribbling skills allow him to create space in the most compact of environments. His ability to distribute the ball is also vital to the distinct counter-attacking approach of Arsenal. For the past few years, Cazorla has dictated the play in a deep role, and has also had an impressive amount of assists and goals.
3) Mesut Özil
It was back in 2013 when Özil agreed to join Arsenal. When asked about the transfer, he said “At the weekend, I was certain I would stay at Real Madrid but afterwards I realised I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses. I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal, which is why I have joined.”
Leaving Real Madrid made several of his former teammates unhappy, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who said, “He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal ... I'm angry about Özil leaving.”
Fast forward three years later and Özil has made 20 goals for Arsenal, and has broken a Premier League record for assists, setting up 20 goals in the span of 12 months.
But Özil’s performance is more than just about statistics, there is a sense of beauty in his game. It has been a source of great pleasure and joy for Arsenal fans to watch him improve through the years. He is only 27, after all. Özil could very well still be hiding his best.
4) Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud first signed up to join Arsenal in 2012 and was given the number 12 shirt. Since then, he has been Arsenal’s top scorer of the year twice in the last five years. With a rate of 0.7, Giroud has scored more non-penalty goals per 90 minutes in the League than players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Muller. In fact, he is not far off from Lionel Messi’s tally of 0.74 per game.
Giroud is not only a strong goalscorer, but is also a terrific all-rounder. He has superb first touch and great vision, which makes him a suitable teammate for Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez. This striker is also known for his heading and link-up play. Giroud is also known for making runs to the front post that outwit defenders.
5) Alexis Sanchez
This former Barcelona player is one of Arsenal’s undoubted stars, and has undoubtedly lived up to his expensive bill in 2015. He has displayed incredible talent in several standout moments, notably his goal in the FA Cup against Aston Villa.
Sanchez has also played his part in a number of crucial Premier League matches. He was able to score spectacular home goals at the Emirates Stadium against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.
Alexis Sanchez was the only Arsenal player to make the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) team of the year last season, and is widely considered as one of the top soccer players in the world. He remains a consistent weapon in Wenger’s Arsenal, being one of the top scorers in the club, playing mostly from the wing.
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Top Arsenal Goalscorers in Recent Seasons
|2010 - 2011||Robin van Persie||18 (League), 22 (All)|
|2011 - 2012||Robin van Persie||30 (League), 37 (All)|
|2012 - 2013||Theo Walcott||14 (League), 21 (All)|
|2013 - 2014||Olivier Giroud||16 (League), 22 (All)|
|2014 - 2015||Alexis Sánchez||16 (League), 25 (All)|
|2015 - 2016||Olivier Giroud||16 (League), 24 (All)|
In the entire history of Arsenal, the player who has had the most goals in a 38-game league season is Robin van Persie with 30 goals in the Premier League 2011–12 season.
The top goalscorer of all time for Arsenal is Theirry Henry, who played with the club from 1999 to 2007. He was Arsenal’s leading goalscorer for seven consecutive seasons. He has a total of 228 goals.
Overview of Season 2015-16 for Arsenal
It’s hard to describe in a single word what the 2015-16 football season was for Arsenal. Then again, this year’s Premier League was all about surprises: Leicester City won the League and previous champions Chelsea finished in 10th place. New sportsbooks placed Leicester's chances of winning the League title at 5,000 to 1. So, indeed, this was a surprising year for football.
The season began with a disappointing Petr Cech – Arsenal’s only new signing of the summer – who gifted West Ham with two goals for the opening day defeat at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners immediately kicked back in action after this loss, and won three of the next four games. The fourth game was a 2-0 loss to Chelsea.
Arsenal did well overall in the first half of the season. They won 11 out of the 14 Premier League games, which included matches against Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester City.
When January 2016 rolled in, Arsenal experienced a loss and two wins consecutively at the start of the year. The 4-0 loss was at the hands of Southampton, while the back-to-back wins were over Bournemouth and Newcastle. With Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City struggling with their matches, Arsenal quickly became title favourites.
Unfortunately, Arsenal’s winning chances quickly changed from high to low due to mounting injuries and poor form. Four games went by without a win. By the time they had a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on April, the Gunners were 13 points off the top and the title challenge was over. Leicester had already won with two games to go.
In spite of losing the league title, Arsenal still brought down the curtain on their season with style. An Arsenal 4-0 win over Aston Villa – with Olivier Giroud netting a hat-trick – saw the Gunners overtake Tottenham Hotspur for second position in the ladder. It came as no surprise that Arsenal fans seemed to enjoy that achievement.
Arsenal Stats for the 2015-16 Season
Arsenal’s second place finish this season is their highest Premier League finish since 2004-05.
The Gunners scored an average of 1.6 goals per game at home this season in the Premier League. This, unfortunately, is their lowest return since the 1994-95 season.
Arsenal has secured a top-four finish for 20 consecutive seasons. Only Manchester United has managed more with 22 consecutive seasons.
The top scorer for the season is Olivier Giroud with 16 goals. Mesut Özil is also praised for his season performance. Özil created more chances in a single season – a total of 146 chances – than any footballer in any of Europe's top five leagues, since Opta started recording data in 1996.
Take a look at the stats overview of the most recent season for Arsenal. Do you think they have what it takes to win the next competitions? Try UEFA Champions League betting or FA Cup betting for next season!
|2015/16 Competition||GP||GW||GD||GL||GF||GA||GD||Winning %|
|Premier League||38||20||11||7||65||36||+29||52.63 %|
|Community Shield||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1||100 %|
|FA Cup||5||3||1||1||10||4||+6||60 %|
|Football League Cup||2||1||0||1||2||4||-2||50 %|
|UEFA Champions League||8||3||0||5||13||15||-2||37.50 %|
- GP - Games Played
- GW - Games Won
- GD - Games Drawn
- GL - Games Lost
- GF - Goals For
- GA - Goals Against
- GD - Goals Difference
- Winning % - Winning Percentage