2015–16 Arsenal F.C. season

Arsenal
2015–16 season
Chairman Sir Chips Keswick
Manager Arsène Wenger
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Premier League 2nd
FA Cup Sixth round
League Cup Fourth round
FA Community Shield Winners
UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Olivier Giroud (16)

All:
Olivier Giroud (24)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2015–16 season was Arsenal's 24th season in the Premier League and 96th consecutive season in the top flight of English football. The club entered the season as the FA Cup holders,[1] and participated in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and the UEFA Champions League.[2] The season covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Review

August

Arsenal began their season with the Community Shield against local rivals Chelsea. The Gunners won the match 1–0, following a goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored via a drive into the top corner. The trophy was Arsène Wenger's 15th in 18 years of being in charge of Arsenal, and presented Wenger with his first win against a side managed by José Mourinho after 13 attempts.[3] Soon after, Arsenal began their 24th Premier League season at home to West Ham United, and inspired by the signing of goalkeeper Petr Čech, many believed Arsenal to be title contenders for the first time in 11 years.[4] The club's solid pre-season form, however, fizzled out as they failed to win in their first two home games, with a 2–0 defeat to West Ham on the opening weekend, leaving them third-bottom, and a goalless draw with Liverpool, although Aaron Ramsey was falsely ruled offside for an early goal. With two tight wins at Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, Arsenal went into September with seven points. Arsenal did not make additional signings after Čech, leaving manager Wenger to come under fire from fans and critics.

September

Arsenal started September with a nervy 2–0 win over Stoke City at the Emirates, with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud scoring.[5] Between the Stoke clash and a trip to struggling champions Chelsea, Arsenal faced Dinamo Zagreb away in the Champions League. Despite appearing the stronger side, Arsenal slumped to a shock 2–1 defeat, with under-performing striker Giroud being sent off for two yellow cards.[6] The week got worse as Arsenal lost 2–0 at Stamford Bridge, with Santi Cazorla (two yellows) and Gabriel being sent off, the latter incorrectly shown red by Mike Dean for a clash with Diego Costa in which the latter assaulted Laurent Koscielny.[7] Gabriel's ban was reduced from three games to one, but Gabriel, Costa, Chelsea and Arsenal were all fined for player misconduct, with Costa suspended for three games.[8] With the Chelsea incident resolved, Arsenal faced a tough League Cup tie with rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Mathieu Flamini became an unsung hero with a brace, the second of which was a volley from 20 yards, both goals on the other side of a Calum Chambers own goal.[9] Arsenal, full of confidence after eliminating their rivals, visited the only unbeaten team in the league at the time, Leicester City, who were one point and one place above Arsenal. Despite a brace from Jamie Vardy, Walcott and Giroud scored either side of three goals from Sánchez, who ended a run of seven games without a goal.[10] Arsenal ended their month on a sour note, however, as errors from second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina saw Arsenal lose 3–2 to Olympiacos at home in the Champions League,[11] meaning they were bottom of their group with successive games against in-form Bayern Munich coming up.

October

Arsenal started October on a high, as three early goals—two from Alexis Sánchez and one from Mesut Özil—at the Emirates saw Arsenal breeze past Manchester United to leapfrog them into second place in the league table, behind Manchester City.[12] Arsenal travelled to Vicarage Road two weeks later to play Watford, where goals from Sánchez, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud saw Arsenal claim another 3–0 win.[13] Arsenal hosted German heavyweights Bayern Munich in an attempt to turn around their Champions League. Despite the German team losing only once all season, Arsenal claimed a shock 2–0 win, with Giroud and Özil scoring late in the second half. Giroud's return to form saw him return to the starting lineup ahead of Theo Walcott. Giroud thanked Wenger by inspiring the Gunners to a 2–1 win over Everton at the Emirates.[14] Arsenal's only loss in October came between the Everton win and a 3–0 victory over Swansea City, courtesy of goals from Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell,[15] when they were stunned by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, going out of the League Cup in a 3–0 defeat that saw Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain off injured, with goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas João and Sam Hutchinson.[16]

November

Arsenal were humiliated at the Allianz Arena to start November, with Bayern Munich cruising to a 5–1 win, putting Arsenal's Champions League progression in doubt.[17] Arsenal hosted rivals Tottenham on the Sunday that followed, but with stars Héctor Bellerín, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on a list of ten injured Arsenal players, the Gunners had to struggle for a 1–1 draw.[18] November only got worse for Arsenal, with Francis Coquelin looking at three months out, Mikel Arteta facing several weeks out after both were injured in a 2–1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, with Santi Cazorla missing a vital penalty late on.[19] Arsenal's Champions League form bounced back, with an Alexis Sánchez brace giving Arsenal a 3–0 win over Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates.[20] With Olympiacos thrashed by Bayern, Arsenal would need a two-goal cushion or a 3–2 or higher victory in Athens to progress. Arsenal's horrid month ended with more misery, with Sánchez and Cazorla both suffering injuries in a 1–1 draw with Norwich City,[21] with Cazorla's keeping him out for three months. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Walcott, however, all returned at the end of the month, with the crucial Olympiacos game and a match with Premier League title contenders Manchester City coming up.

December

Arsenal returned to form in December, starting with a 3–1 win over Sunderland, with Joel Campbell and Aaron Ramsey scoring either side of goals at either end from Olivier Giroud.[22] Arsenal then traveled to Olympiacos, where they had failed to win in their last three games, with their last win in Greece coming in 1998. Fears were erased by a Giroud hat-trick,[23] putting Arsenal through and demoting Olympiacos into the Europa League, only for Arsenal to draw holders Barcelona, who had knocked Arsenal out in the 2010 quarter finals and in 2011 at the same stage. The Spanish side also beat the Gunners in the 2006 final.[24] Arsenal recorded successive victories before Christmas, winning 2–0 at Aston Villa,[25] before a 2–1 home win over Manchester City.[26] As things were looking up, a Boxing Day defeat at Liverpool saw surprise leaders Leicester loosen their grip on first, giving Arsenal a chance to go top with a win against Southampton, but a Shane Long brace saw Arsenal thrashed 4–0.[27] Despite this, Arsenal still finished 2015 top of the Premier League, after a 2–0 win against AFC Bournemouth was enough to keep Arsenal ahead of Leicester on goal difference, who drew 0–0 with Manchester City in their final game of 2015.[28]

January

Arsenal started 2016 with an unconvincing 1–0 win over relegation scrappers Newcastle, courtesy of a late Laurent Koscielny goal.[29] Arsenal kicked off their FA Cup defence against Sunderland at the Emirates. Their 3–1 win mirrored the clash in December, with Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey scoring Arsenal's goals in identical fashion to the league tie, despite an early Jermain Lens goal.[30] This was followed by two away league fixtures at Liverpool and Stoke; the former was a 3–3 draw with Giroud scoring a brace and Ramsey finding the net for Arsenal,[31] whereas the latter finished scoreless.[32] On 24 January, Arsenal hosted local rivals Chelsea and were defeated 1-0 after Per Mertesacker was sent off. This meant they had failed to win a league game against Chelsea for the ninth league meeting in a row, and it was the sixth consecutive time they had failed to score in the fixture.[33] Six days later, Arsenal advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup, with Calum Chambers and Alexis Sánchez scoring in a 2–1 defeat of Championship side Burnley at home.[34] Arsenal made one signing in January, Basel's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny completed a £5 million move.[35]

February

In the beginning of February, Arsenal failed to score for the third consecutive league match, playing Southampton to a stalemate at the Emirates.[36] Mesut Özil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain led Arsenal back to winning ways with a 2-0 away victory at AFC Bournemouth.[37] Arsenal then won a dramatic top of the table clash with league leaders Leicester, coming back after a Jamie Vardy penalty to win 2–1 at home, with late goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, reducing the gap between Arsenal and Leicester in second and first to two points.[38] Despite a dominant performance at home, Arsenal were held to a 0–0 draw by Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.[39] Arsenal subsequently returned to Champions League action by hosting title holders Barcelona. A Lionel Messi brace condemned Arsenal to a 2–0 defeat.[40] Arsenal ended February with an away game at Manchester United, with goals from Welbeck and Özil not enough to avoid a 3–2 defeat.[41]

March

Arsenal started March suffering a third consecutive loss at the hands of Swansea at home; Joel Campbell's goal was cancelled out and the match finished 2–1 to Swansea.[42] Arsenal then visited local rivals Tottenham in a make-or-break clash, as defeat would put Arsenal six points off their rivals, above Arsenal in second. Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal a crucial lead, but a Francis Coquelin sending off for two yellow cards turned the game on its head. Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane struck back to put Spurs ahead, but Alexis Sánchez helped the team rescue a point with a late goal, with the match finishing 2–2.[43] Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott scored two goals each against Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round replay to reach the quarter finals,[44] but Arsenal went out after a 2–1 home defeat to Watford, with Danny Welbeck scoring the lone goal for the team as Arsenal's defence ended, after winning the previous two titles.[45] Arsenal went out of their second cup competition just days later, being condemned a sixth-straight last-16 elimination from the Champions League with a 3–1 away loss to Barcelona, Mohamed Elneny's first Arsenal goal proving a mere consolation.[46] One promising note from the defeat was the performance of Nigerian youngster Alex Iwobi, and he was rewarded with his second Premier League start against Everton at the end of March. His first club goal, and a fourth goal in nine games since return for Danny Welbeck, saw Arsenal win 2–0.[47]

April

Arsenal got off to a flying start in the penultimate month of the season; goals from Alexis Sánchez, Héctor Bellerín and Theo Walcott, as well as a second Premier League goal on a second start for Alex Iwobi, saw Arsenal crush Watford 4–0 at Emirates Stadium.[48] The result kept Arsenal firmly in the title race ahead of a crucial clash at sixth-placed West Ham the following weekend, having lost the reverse tie on opening day. The result saw praise for Iwobi, who was referred to as "the next Ian Wright" by Garth Crooks.[49] Arsenal visited West Ham the following matchday, where they blew away a 2–0 lead to draw 3–3. Sánchez, Özil and Koscielny scored.[50] Arsenal's title hopes suffered a big blow when they were held 1–1 at home by Crystal Palace despite dominating the match, with Sánchez scoring for the team.[51] Arsenal hosted and defeated West Brom 2–0, courtesy of a brace from Sánchez.[52] Arsenal's chances of ending a 12-year Premier League title drought became mathematically impossible after a 0–0 away draw at Sunderland, which left them 12 points behind leaders Leicester with only three matches to play.[53] Arsenal ended April with a 1–0 win over Norwich at Emirates Stadium, with Danny Welbeck scoring the solitary goal.[54]

May

After Manchester City were defeated by Southampton, Arsenal stayed in third ahead of a clash with fourth placed City. Arsenal came from behind twice to recover a 2–2 draw. Olivier Giroud ended a 15-game goal drought dating back to January with the first, while Alexis Sánchez added his seventh goal in nine games for Arsenal's second.[55] The draw failed to secure Champions League football for 2016–17, but after Manchester United lost 3–2 to West Ham two days later secured at least a place in the qualification round.[56] Arsenal needed a point against Aston Villa to secure automatic qualification and third place. Arsenal would have to hope a win and a shock victory by already-relegated Newcastle against Tottenham for Arsenal to pip their rivals to second. Newcastle did the impossible with a 5–1 rout of Spurs, and an Olivier Giroud hat-trick powered Arsenal to a 4–0 win over Villa. Captain Mikel Arteta, who came on as a substitute in what was his final appearance before retirement, forced an own goal by shooting in off the bar and Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn.[57] Arteta was given a standing ovation, while second-longest-serving player Tomáš Rosický received a guard of honour, with the club confirming both would leave at the expiration of their contracts.[58]


Players

Squad information

Further information: Arsenal F.C. § Players
N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Poland Szczęsny, WojciechWojciech Szczęsny 26EU 2007 181 0 undisclosed[59] Youth system On loan to Roma
2 DF France Debuchy, MathieuMathieu Debuchy 31EU 2014 22 1 undisclosed £12.0M[60] On loan to Bordeaux
3 DF England Gibbs, KieranKieran Gibbs 27EU 2007 209 6 undisclosed[61] Youth system
4 DF Germany Mertesacker, PerPer Mertesacker 32EU 2011 208 8 undisclosed[62] £8.0M[63]
5 DF Brazil Gabriel, Gabriel 26Non-EU 2015 (Winter) 38 1 undisclosed[64] £11.3M[65]
6 DF France Koscielny, LaurentLaurent Koscielny 31EU 2010 248 20 undisclosed[66] £8.5M[67]
7 MF Czech Republic Rosický, TomášTomáš Rosický 36EU 2006 246 28 undisclosed[62] £6.8M[68]
8 MF Spain Arteta, MikelMikel Arteta 34EU 2011 150 16 2016[69] £10.0M[70]
10 MF England Wilshere, JackJack Wilshere 24EU 2008 157 12 2018[71] Youth system
11 MF Germany Özil, MesutMesut Özil 28EU 2013 118 20 undisclosed[72] £42.5M[73][74][75]
12 FW France Giroud, OlivierOlivier Giroud 30EU 2012 188 82 undisclosed[76] £12.8M[77]
13 GK Colombia Ospina, DavidDavid Ospina 28Non-EU 2014 36 0 undisclosed[78] £3.2M[79]
14 FW England Walcott, TheoTheo Walcott 27EU 2006 (Winter) 344 85 2019[80] £9.0M[81]
15 MF England Oxlade-Chamberlain, AlexAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain 23EU 2011 149 14 undisclosed[82] £12.0M[83]
16 MF Wales Ramsey, AaronAaron Ramsey 25EU 2008 265 43 undisclosed[84] £4.8M[85]
17 FW Chile Sánchez, AlexisAlexis Sánchez 27Non-EU 2014 94 42 undisclosed[86] £30.0M[87]
18 DF Spain Monreal, NachoNacho Monreal 30EU 2013 (Winter) 131 2 undisclosed[88] £8.5M[89]
19 MF Spain Cazorla, SantiSanti Cazorla 31EU 2012 169 27 undisclosed[84] £12.0M[90]
20 MF France Flamini, MathieuMathieu Flamini 32EU 2013 246 13 undisclosed[91] Free[91]
21 DF England Chambers, CalumCalum Chambers 21EU 2014 59 2 undisclosed[92] £16.0m[93]
22 FW France Sanogo, YayaYaya Sanogo 23EU 2013 20 1 undisclosed[94] Free[94] On loan to Charlton Athletic
23 FW England Welbeck, DannyDanny Welbeck 26EU 2014 49 13 2019 £16.0M
24 DF Spain Bellerín, HéctorHéctor Bellerín 21EU 2013 73 3 undisclosed Youth system
25 DF England Jenkinson, CarlCarl Jenkinson 24EU 2011 57 1 undisclosed[95] £1.0M[96] On loan to West Ham United
26 GK Argentina Martínez, DamiánDamián Martínez 24Non-EU 2010 8 0 undisclosed Youth system On loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers
27 FW Germany Gnabry, SergeSerge Gnabry 21EU 2012 19 1 undisclosed[97] Youth system On loan to West Bromwich Albion
28 FW Costa Rica Campbell, JoelJoel Campbell 24Non-EU 2011 41 4 undisclosed[98] £0.9M[99]
32 FW England Akpom, ChubaChuba Akpom 21EU 2013 9 0 undisclosed Youth system On loan to Hull City
33 GK Czech Republic Čech, PetrPetr Čech 34EU 2015 42 0 2019 [100] £10M[100]
34 MF France Coquelin, FrancisFrancis Coquelin 25EU 2008 109 0 undisclosed[101] Youth system
35 MF Egypt Elneny, MohamedMohamed Elneny 24Non-EU 2016 (Winter) 17 1 undisclosed £7.4M[102][103]
37 MF Poland Bielik, KrystianKrystian Bielik 18EU 2015 (Winter) 1 0 undisclosed[104] £2.5M[105]
42 DF England Hayden, IsaacIsaac Hayden 21EU 2013 2 0 undisclosed Youth system On loan to Hull City
45 FW Nigeria Iwobi, AlexAlex Iwobi 20EU 2015 21 2 undisclosed Youth system
MF United States Zelalem, GedionGedion Zelalem 19EU 2013 2 0 undisclosed[84] Youth system On loan to Rangers
  • Last updated: 15 May 2016
  • Source: Arsenal F.C. and footballdatabase.com (for EU passport, country as international player, contract ending and transfer fee)
  • Ordered by squad number.

Transfers

Transfers in

# Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
54 MF France Jeff Reine-Adélaïde France Lens Undisclosed (~ £3,000,000) 21 May 2015 Reserves [106][107]
68 FW France Yassin Fortune Academy
66 MF Romania Vlad Dragomir Romania Poli Timișoara Undisclosed (~ £71,000) 24 June 2015 Academy [106][108]
72 DF Ghana Jordi Osei-Tutu England Reading Undisclosed (~ £0) 26 June 2015 Academy [106][109]
33 GK Czech Republic Petr Čech England Chelsea Undisclosed (~ £10,000,000) 29 June 2015 First team [110][111][112]
FW Netherlands Donyell Malen Netherlands Ajax Free transfer 29 July 2015 Academy [113][114]
36 MF France Ismaël Bennacer France Arles-Avignon Undisclosed (~ £150,000) 30 July 2015 Reserves [115]
35 MF Egypt Mohamed Elneny Switzerland Basel Undisclosed (~ £7,400,000) 14 January 2016 First team [102][103][116]

Total spending: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £21,521,000)

Transfers out

# Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Team Source
24 MF France Abou Diaby France Marseille[lower-alpha 1] Free transfer (Released) 10 June 2015 First team [118]
31 MF Japan Ryo Miyaichi Germany FC St. Pauli[lower-alpha 2] Free transfer (Released) 10 June 2015 Reserves [118]
37 DF Nigeria Semi Ajayi Wales Cardiff City[lower-alpha 3] Free transfer (Released) 10 June 2015 Reserves [118]
46 MF England Jack Jebb England Stevenage[lower-alpha 4] Free transfer (Released) 10 June 2015 Reserves [118]
48 FW England Austin Lipman England VCD Athletic[lower-alpha 5] Free transfer (Released) 10 June 2015 Reserves [118]
54 DF England Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill England Swindon Town[lower-alpha 6] Free transfer (Released) 10 June 2015 Reserves [118]
57 GK England Josh Vickers Wales Swansea City[lower-alpha 7] Free transfer (Released) 10 June 2015 Reserves [118]
9 FW Germany Lukas Podolski Turkey Galatasaray[lower-alpha 8] Undisclosed (~ £1,800,000) 4 July 2015 First team [123]
64 DF England George Dobson England West Ham United Undisclosed 27 July 2015 Reserves [124][125]
MF Portugal Jonatas Centeno England Sheffield Wednesday Free transfer (Released) 4 August 2015 Reserves [126]

Total incoming: Increase Undisclosed (~ £1,800,000)

  1. Following Diaby's release on 10 June 2015, he later signed for Marseille on 29 July 2015.[117]
  2. Following Miyaichi's release on 10 June 2015, he later signed for St. Pauli on 18 June 2015.[119]
  3. Following Ajayi's release on 10 June 2015, he later signed for Cardiff City on 18 June 2015.[119]
  4. Following Jebb's release on 10 June 2015, he later signed for Stevenage on 1 September 2015.[120]
  5. Following Lipmans' release on 30 June 2015, he later signed for VCD Athletic on 31 July 2015.
  6. Following Ormonde-Ottewill's release on 10 June 2015, he later signed for Swindon Town on 2 July 2015.[121]
  7. Following Vickers' release on 10 June 2015, he later signed for Swansea City on 12 August 2015.[122]
  8. The fee may eventually rise over £10 million subject to player performances and contract commitments.[123]

Loans out

# Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Team Source
70 MF England Ainsley Maitland-Niles England Ipswich Town 2 July 2015 End of season Reserves [127]
25 DF England Carl Jenkinson England West Ham United 14 July 2015 End of season First team [128]
22 FW France Yaya Sanogo Netherlands Ajax 17 July 2015 1 February 2016[lower-alpha 1] First team [129]
1 GK Poland Wojciech Szczęsny Italy Roma 29 July 2015 End of season First team [130]
57 MF Spain Jon Toral England Birmingham City 30 July 2015 End of season Reserves [131]
38 MF England Daniel Crowley England Barnsley 31 July 2015 30 October 2015[lower-alpha 2] Reserves [132][133]
41 DF England Isaac Hayden England Hull City 31 July 2015 End of season First team [134]
32 FW England Chuba Akpom England Hull City 4 August 2015 End of season First team [135]
27 FW Germany Serge Gnabry England West Bromwich Albion 7 August 2015 5 January 2016[lower-alpha 3] First team [136]
26 GK Argentina Emiliano Martínez England Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 August 2015 End of season First team [137]
58 FW Brazil Wellington Silva England Bolton Wanderers 20 August 2015 End of season Reserves [138]
35 MF United States Gedion Zelalem Scotland Rangers 24 August 2015 End of Season Reserves [139][140]
47 MF Finland Glen Kamara England Southend 22 January 2016 End of Season Reserves [141]
2 DF France Mathieu Debuchy France Bordeaux 1 February 2016 End of Season First team [142]
22 FW France Yaya Sanogo England Charlton Athletic 1 February 2016 End of Season First team [143]
  1. Loan initially until the end of the season
  2. Loan initially until 3 January 2016
  3. Loan initially until the end of the season

Overall transfer activity

Spending

Summer: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £14,121,000)

Winter: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £7,400,000)

Total: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £21,521,000)

Income

Summer: Increase Undisclosed (~ £1,800,000)

Winter: Increase Undisclosed (~ £0,000,000)

Total: Increase Undisclosed (~ £1,800,000)

Net expenditure

Summer: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £13,321,000)

Winter: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £7,400,000)

Total: Decrease Undisclosed (~ £20,721,000)

Club

Coaching staff

This is Arsène Wenger's 20th season with Arsenal.
Position Staff
Manager France Arsène Wenger
Assistant manager England Steve Bould
First team coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Boro Primorac
England Neil Banfield
Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton
Head of athletic performance enhancement United States Shad Forsythe
Fitness coach England Tony Colbert
England Craig Gant
Physiotherapist England Colin Lewin
England Ben Ashworth
England Andrew Rolls
Club doctor Republic of Ireland Gary O'Driscoll
Head of academy Netherlands Andries Jonker
Masseur England Darren Page
England Chris Harvey
England Chris Senior
Kit manager England Vic Akers
Assistant Kit manager England Paul Akers
Equipment manager England Paul Johnson
Performance nutritionist England James Collins
Football analyst England Ben Knapper

Last updated: 1 July 2015
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Kit

Supplier: Puma / Sponsor: Fly Emirates

Home[144]
Home alt.[145]
Away[146]
Away alt.[147]
Third[148]
Third alt.[149]
Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper 3

Kit information

This is Puma's second year supplying Arsenal kit, having taken over from Nike at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

Other information

The Emirates Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Premier League.
Chairman England Sir Chips Keswick
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Emirates Stadium (60,355 / 113x76 metres)

Last updated: 30 May 2014
Source: Arsenal F.C.

Squad statistics

Appearances and goals

As of 15 May 2016

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute. Players with number struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.

No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2 DF  FRA Mathieu Debuchy 2000202 (1)0006 (1)0
3 DF  ENG Kieran Gibbs 3 (12)150202 (3)00 (1)012 (16)1
4 DF  GER Per Mertesacker 24030205 (1)01035 (1)0
5 DF  BRA Gabriel 18 (3)14000400026 (3)1
6 DF  FRA Laurent Koscielny 33430007010444
7 MF  CZE Tomáš Rosický 000 (1)00000000 (1)0
8 MF  ESP Mikel Arteta 0 (9)00 (2)010100 (1)02 (12)0
10 MF  ENG Jack Wilshere 1 (2)0000000001 (2)0
11 MF  GER Mesut Özil 35610008210458
12 FW  FRA Olivier Giroud 26 (12)164 (1)3205 (2)50 (1)037 (16)24
13 GK  COL David Ospina 4040103000120
14 FW  ENG Theo Walcott 15 (13)53 (2)20 (2)03 (3)21022 (20)9
15 MF  ENG Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 9 (13)12 (1)0203 (2)01117 (16)2
16 MF  WAL Aaron Ramsey 29 (2)50 (2)1103 (2)01034 (6)6
17 FW  CHI Alexis Sánchez 28 (2)132 (1)10 (1)0730037 (4)17
18 DF  ESP Nacho Monreal 36 (1)01000601044 (1)0
19 MF  ESP Santi Cazorla 15000005010210
20 MF  FRA Mathieu Flamini 12 (4)020223 (1)00019 (5)2
21 DF  ENG Calum Chambers 2 (10)051200 (3)0009 (13)1
23 FW  ENG Danny Welbeck 7 (4)41 (1)1001 (1)0009 (6)5
24 DF  ESP Héctor Bellerín 36110006010441
28 FW  CRC Joel Campbell 11 (8)341203 (2)00020 (10)4
33 GK  CZE Petr Čech 34010105010420
34 MF  FRA Francis Coquelin 21 (5)020004 (2)01028 (7)0
35 MF  EGY Mohamed Elneny 9 (2)04000110014 (2)1
36 MF  FRA Ismaël Bennacer 00000 (1)000000 (1)0
37 MF  POL Krystian Bielik 00000 (1)000000 (1)0
45 FW  NGA Alex Iwobi 8 (5)24 (1)0101 (1)00014 (7)2
47 MF  FIN Glen Kamara 000010000010
54 MF  FRA Jeff Reine-Adélaïde 000 (2)00000000 (2)0

Source: Arsenal F.C. and 11v11.com

Top scorers

As of 15 May 2016
Rank Position Nationality Number Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
1 FW France 12 Olivier Giroud 16 3 0 5 0 24
2 FW Chile 17 Alexis Sánchez 13 1 0 3 0 17
3 FW England 14 Theo Walcott 5 2 0 2 0 9
4 MF Germany 11 Mesut Özil 6 0 0 2 0 8
5 MF Wales 16 Aaron Ramsey 5 1 0 0 0 6
6 FW England 23 Danny Welbeck 4 1 0 0 0 5
7 FW Costa Rica 28 Joel Campbell 3 1 0 0 0 4
DF France 6 Laurent Koscielny 4 0 0 0 0 4
9 MF France 20 Mathieu Flamini 0 0 2 0 0 2
FW Nigeria 45 Alex Iwobi 2 0 0 0 0 2
MF England 15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1 0 0 0 1 2
12 DF Spain 24 Héctor Bellerín 1 0 0 0 0 1
DF England 21 Calum Chambers 0 1 0 0 0 1
MF Egypt 35 Mohamed Elneny 0 0 0 1 0 1
DF Brazil 5 Gabriel 1 0 0 0 0 1
DF England 3 Kieran Gibbs 1 0 0 0 0 1
Own Goals 3 0 0 0 0 3
TOTALS 65 10 2 13 1 91

Source: Arsenal F.C. and 11v11.com

Disciplinary record

As of 15 May 2016
Number Nationality Position Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
Red card Red card Red card Red card Red card Red card
34FranceMF Francis Coquelin 510000001061
5BrazilDF Gabriel 311000200061
12FranceFW Olivier Giroud 201000310061
19SpainMF Santi Cazorla 210000000021
4GermanyDF Per Mertesacker 110000000011
11GermanyMF Mesut Özil 401000200070
20FranceMF Mathieu Flamini 300010100050
6FranceDF Laurent Koscielny 302000000050
16WalesMF Aaron Ramsey 400000100050
35EgyptMF Mohamed Elneny 301000000040
24SpainDF Héctor Bellerín 300000000030
28Costa RicaFW Joel Campbell 000010200030
18SpainDF Nacho Monreal 100000200030
21EnglandDF Calum Chambers 201000000030
17ChileFW Alexis Sánchez 100000200030
8SpainMF Mikel Arteta 100010000020
2FranceDF Mathieu Debuchy 000020000020
23EnglandFW Danny Welbeck 100000000010
Total394705015110675

Source: 11v11.com

Clean sheets

As of 15 May 2016
Rank Nationality Number Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total
1 Czech Republic 33 Petr Čech 16003120
2 Colombia 13 David Ospina 220004
Total 18203124

Source: 11v11.com (Petr Čech) and 11v11.com (David Ospina)

Pre-season

Arsenal started the 2015–16 season retaining Puma as their kit supplier and Emirates as their shirt sponsor.[151][152] In July, they went on a preseason tour to Asia. During this, they participated in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Singapore along with fellow Premier League sides Everton and Stoke City as well as a Singapore Selection XI.[153] Following this tournament, Arsenal will then play in their traditional yearly Emirates Cup tournament at the Emirates Stadium, with Lyon, Villarreal and VfL Wolfsburg also participating. The match against Wolfsburg marked the return of former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who made his first return to the Emirates Stadium with Wolfsburg.[154]

Pre-season matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

Competitions

Overall

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 2nd 9 August 201515 May 2016
FA Community Shield Final Winners 2 August 2015
FA Cup Third round Sixth round 9 January 201613 March 2016
League Cup Third round Fourth round 23 September 201527 October 2015
UEFA Champions League Group stage Round of 16 16 September 201516 March 2016

Last updated: 15 May 2016
Source: Competitions

Overview

Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Premier League 38 20 11 7 65 36 +29 52.63
FA Community Shield 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000
FA Cup 5 3 1 1 10 4 +6 60.00
League Cup 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 50.00
Champions League 8 3 0 5 13 15 −2 37.50
Total 54 28 12 14 91 59 +32 51.85

Last updated: 15 May 2016
Source: Competitions

FA Community Shield

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