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Arsène Wenger, Manager

Arsène Wenger

The media and rival fans and punters alike all made fun of Arsène Wenger when he was taken out of context some two years ago. He was misquoted as saying: "I think we can go the whole season unbeaten ...", and since then that quote became the bane of many jokes. Well, guess what? Arsenal did it. Arsène Wenger led Arsenal to an astonishing season in 2003-04 where the champions did not...

Manuel Almunia, Goalkeeper

Manuel Almunia

When Manuel Almunia joined Arsenal in 2004, he was another relative unknown on these shores, having only really carved out the career of a journeyman for himself in Spain, being part of seven different clubs. Few predicted that he would stick around with Arsenal for much longer than a year or two, and a number of high-profile blunders will not have helped raise him in the esteem of the fans....

Abou Diaby, Defensive Midfielder

Abou Diaby

Now Arsenal's longest serving player, having signed from Auxerre back in 2006, Abou Diaby is one of few Gunners stars that appeared fleetingly at Arsenal's previous Highbury home located just across from Ashburton Grove. The tall French midfield enforcer is unique in the way that despite being 6 ft 3 in, he boasts the drive and determination to push forward and supplement the attack, going...

Bacary Sagna, Right-back

Bacary Sagna

Conventional wisdom dictates that players from foreign leagues take at least six months to adapt when they arrive in the Premiership, if they manage to do so at all. However, it seems that conventional wisdom just does not apply in the case of Bacary Sagna. Another enigmatic signing in the summer of 2007, with right-back seemingly being the least of our worries, but it took only a handful of...

Per Mertesacker, Central Defender

Per Mertesacker

Fondly referred to as Arsenal's BFG, 6 ft 6 in Per Mertesacker was brought to the Emirates Stadium from Werder Bremen back in August 2011. Signed alongside the Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young, the German international has gone on to prove the doubters wrong forging a formidable partnership with Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the Gunners defence. This partnership meant...

Thomas Vermaelen, Central Defender

Thomas Vermaelen

Vermaelen (23), who was the Ajax club captain last season, made his first team debut for the Dutch club at just 18, after playing at Youth level for Belgian side KFC Germinal Beerschot.

Laurent Koscielny, Central Defender

Laurent Koscielny

Few people had heard of Laurent Koscielny when Arsène Wenger signed him from French football and Lorient to be precise back in 2010. Boasting Tony Adams' old number six on his back, many Gunners fans are now realising that Koscielny is probably one of Arsène Wenger's shrewdest signings. Strong in the tackle, boasting good recovery pace and a threat from set pieces, Koscielny has gone from...

Tomas Rosicky, Attacking Midfielder

Tomas Rosicky

Now the third longest-serving Arsenal player after Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, otherwise known as 'Little Mozart' is a darling amongst Arsenal fans. The Czech Republic-born attacking midfielder has been at Arsenal since 2006 and was brought to the club from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee. Rosicky has endured a series of debilitating injury problems but has...

Mikel Arteta, Attacking Midfielder

Mikel Arteta

Officially the Arsenal club captain at present (August 2014), Mikel Arteta is a vastly experienced Premier League competitor, brought to the Emirates Stadium as a ready-made signing in August 2011. Signed for £10 million from Everton, everybody at Arsenal knew what they would get from Arteta – poise, quality and excellent penalty kick distribution. Formerly a midfielder of the attacking...

Ju Young Park, Striker

Ju Young Park

Ju joined the Club from AS Monaco in August. The South Korea captain, who played in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, scored 25 times in 91 appearances during three seasons in Ligue 1.

Robin van Persie, Forward (Captain)

Robin van Persie

Definitely one of the most skillful and technically brilliant players on our books, Robin van Persie looks like a young man with big things ahead of him. He came to Arsenal with a huge amount of both talent and ego but is starting to settle down now and we're starting to see the best of him. After coming to Arsenal with a 'bad-boy' reputation, van Persie struggled with his role on the bench...

Andre Santos, Left-back

Andre Santos

Andre joined the Club from Fenerbahce in August. The Brazilian left-back arrived at Emirates Stadium from Super Lig champions Fenerbahce, for whom he made 52 league appearances and scored 10 times. Santos supplanted Roberto Carlos as the team's first choice left-back in his first season in Turkey.

Wojciech Szczesny, Goalkeeper

Wojciech Szczesny

The Polish international enjoyed his best Arsenal campaign in 2013/14 keeping 16 clean sheets – a personal record – whilst being awarded the Premier League's Golden Glove award alongside Chelsea's Petr Cech. A product of Arsenal's youth academy, the former Brentford loanee has come on leaps and bounds and is distinguished as being the joker of the Gunners' dressing room.

Theo Walcott, Striker

Theo Walcott

The second longest serving player at the club, Theo Walcott has been at Arsenal since way back in 2006 where he was a timid youngster just starting out on his footballing journey. It only took 21 first team appearances at Southampton for Arsenal to fork out an initial £5 million (rising to an eventual £12 million) for Walcott's services following some incredibly exciting performances for the...

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Striker

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Like Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at the Emirates Stadium via the famous Southampton academy that has produced stars such as Gareth Bale and Adam Lallana. The 21-year-old is another who received his chance with the Saints at a very young age (16-years-old) and joined the Gunners for £12 million (rising to £15 million) in August 2011. An incredibly versatile competitor,...

Aaron Ramsey, Attacking Midfielder

Aaron Ramsey

His name will now be etched into Arsenal folklore having been the man to score the FA Cup Final winning goal of 2013/14 against Hull City to end nine barren years of hurt for everyone connected with Arsenal. The Welsh international has been through a lot in his 23 years, most notably a horrific broken leg suffered away at Stoke City in February 2010. That said, the Aaron Ramsey story is...

Alex Song, Defensive Midfielder

Alex Song

Alex Song spent the 2005-06 season on loan at Arsenal before joining the club permanently in June 2006. A physically imposing central midfielder, he is now beginning to fulfil the immense potential seen in him by Arsène Wenger and to establish himself as a leading member of the first team. The Cameroon international initially struggled to make much of an impact in his first two years with...

Sebastien Squillaci, Central Defender

Sebastien Squillaci

Part of the France 2010 World Cup squad, Sebastien is a tall, strong and vastly-experienced central defender who has made 36 appearances in the Champions League, as well as tallying 21 caps for his country. Prior to his time in Spain with Sevilla, Squillaci enjoyed a successful spell in France with Lyon by winning back-to-back Ligue 1 titles in 2007 and 2008. The combative defender was...

Jack Wilshere, Attacking Midfielder

Jack Wilshere

Born and raised in nearby Hertfordshire, Jack Wilshere is one of the biggest success stories from the Arsenal academy in recent years. Dimuntive, skilful and possessing an unmatched eye for a pass for his age, Wilshere now boasts the illustrious number 10 shirt at the Emirates Stadium, having wowed Arsenal fans and the watching world alike during his breakthrough to the Gunners' first team...

Johan Djourou, Central Defender

Johan Djourou

Johan Djourou is a talented young central defender with great things ahead of him. Ivorian born, but Swiss by nationality, Djourou made rapid progress last season with many appearances for the first team. His impressive displays led to his call-up into the Swiss side which played in the 2006 World Cup. There, he made several appearances which will bode well for the future. He and Philippe...

Lukasz Fabianski, Goalkeeper

Lukasz Fabianski

Polish international goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has signed for Arsenal from Legia Warsaw on a long term contract for an undisclosed fee.

Andrey Arshavin, Attacking Midfielder

Andrey Arshavin

During the January 2009 transfer window Arshavin was persistently pursued by Premier League club Arsenal. On 2 February, transfer deadline day, Andrei Arshavin had flown into England and was staying in a Hertfordshire hotel, just a few miles from the Arsenal training ground. At around 10am,[7] he left the hotel and was rumoured to be heading back to Russia, but with less than an hour of the...

Vito Mannone, Goalkeeper

Vito Mannone

Signed from Atalanta in July 2005, the Italian has worked his way through the ranks and began the current campaign as the third-choice keeper behind Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski. Last season he was on the bench for a handful of first-team games but never tasted the action.

Carl Jenkinson, Central Defender

Carl Jenkinson

Carl joined the Club from League One side Charlton Athletic in June.
 The promising defender, who featured nine times for Charlton's first team, is predominantly a right-back but can also play at centre-half.
 Although born in England, Carl qualifies to represent both England and Finland through his mother. The 6ft 1ins youngster has already represented both countries at...

Emmanuel Frimpong, Defensive Midfielder

Emmanuel Frimpong

Emmanuel told Arsenal.com in 2009 that he wanted to play for Ghana. But such has been his progress since then, Arsène Wenger has urged England to secure his services for themselves.

Gervais Yao Kouassi, Striker

Gervais Yao Kouassi

On 12 July 2011 Gervinho completed a transfer from Lille to Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £10.5 million. He made his debut in a pre-season friendly match against 1. FC Kln, in which he scored a brace within the first 15 minutes.

Kieran Gibbs, Left-back

Kieran Gibbs

Now possessing Ashley Cole's shirt number of old, Kieran Gibbs has been in the Arsenal first team since 2007. The Londoner started his football education at Wimbledon as a youngster but has gone on to graduate through the Arsenal academy and become a regular for the Gunners. Many believe 2014/15 will prove the making of Gibbs with the 24-year-old requiring a huge season to dislodge the likes...

Marouane Chamakh, Striker

Marouane Chamakh

Chamakh's 13 goals in the French League in 2008–09 helped them win the title, ending Lyon's seven year domination. He scored five goals in nine appearance in the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League, netting against Juventus and Bayern Munich as Bordeaux cause an upset by finishing top of their Group. He also scored against Olympiacos in the Round of 16 to set up a quarter-final tie with Lyon....

Armand Traore, Left-back

Armand Traore

The latest highly promising left-back from the Arsenal production line, in the Clichy and Cole mould. Still only seventeen, Traore has shown huge promise in his appearances so far this season - and could be pushing Gaël Clichy for a first team spot very soon.

Yossi Benayoun, Attacking Midfielder

Yossi Benayoun

Yossi joined Arsenal in August and will spend the 2011/12 season on loan at Emirates Stadium.

Ryo Miyaichi, Striker

Ryo Miyaichi

The young Japanese forward is a real prospect and impressed during a trial in the summer of 2010 when he featured in pre-season friendlies against Boreham Wood and AFC Wimbledon.

Ignasi Miquel, Central Defender

Ignasi Miquel

Highly-regarded central defender Ignasi enjoyed a breakthrough season with Arsenal last term and made his first-team debut against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. The Reserves captain, who has flourished in the youth ranks since joining the Club as a 16 year-old, made an excellent impression with a commanding display. An excellent reader of the game, Ignasi was handed a second senior start...


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