1986–87 Arsenal F.C. season

Arsenal F.C.
1986–87 season
Manager George Graham
First Division 4th
FA Cup Quarter-finals
League Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Martin Hayes (19)
All: Martin Hayes (24)

The 1986-87 season saw the return to Arsenal of their former player George Graham as manager. Graham had been appointed just after the end of the previous season as successor to Don Howe who had resigned in late March. He had been a member of Arsenal's double winning team in 1971, but Arsenal had gone since 1979 without winning a major trophy, finishing seventh in the two seasons leading up to Graham's arrival and finishing as low as 10th in 1983.

Arsenal started the season well and were top of the league by Christmas, but a 10-match winless run went against their title hopes in the second half of the season and they eventually finished fourth, with Everton finishing champions for the second time in three seasons. Compensation for the failed title bid came in the form of the club's first ever Football League Cup victory, which came with a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Wembley final. Charlie Nicholas scored both of Arsenal's goals.

Tony Adams, the 20-year-old centre-half who played in every single game for Arsenal this season, was voted PFA Young Player of the Year. Striker Niall Quinn and wingers David Rocastle and Martin Hayes both became regular members of the first team this season, with Hayes finishing as Arsenal's top scorer with 24 goals.


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK John Lukic
Wales GK Rhys Wilmot
England DF Tony Adams (captain)
England DF Viv Anderson
England DF Gus Caesar
England DF Kenny Sansom
England DF Michael Thomas
Republic of Ireland DF David O'Leary
England MF Ian Allinson
England MF Paul Davis
No. Position Player
England MF Perry Groves
England FW Martin Hayes
England MF Graham Rix
England MF David Rocastle
England MF Stewart Robson
England MF Steve Williams
England FW Paul Merson
Scotland FW Charlie Nicholas
Republic of Ireland FW Niall Quinn


First Division

Top scorers

First Division


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