Year Formed

1886

Stadium

Emirates Stadium

Capacity

60,260
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2003/04

Arsenal’s best season was the historic 2003/04 Premier League campaign. Between May 2003 and October 2004 the Gunners set a new unbeaten record playing 49, winning 36 and drawing 13. Winning the title at the home of bitter North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur made it even sweeter, letting their fans chant: “We won the league at White Hart Lane”.

 

How they fared last season

In 2015/16, Arsenal became the first team since Manchester United in 2003/04 to fail to win the Premier League after leading the league in January. Gunners fans must be ruing their second placed finish especially as unfancied Leicester finished 10 points above them while rivals Manchester United (5th) and Chelsea (10th) were never in contention.

65
number of goals
scored last season
36
number of goals
conceded last season
4
red cards
40
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

On their day, Arsenal’s attractive attacking style of football has the ability to play most of their opponents off the park.

The Gunners’ leader in attack is midfield maestro Mesut Ozil who led the Premier League in assists and produced the second highest number of crosses. Welsh international Aaron Ramsey also featured prominently in midfield and his passing statistics are among the best in the league.

Chilean international Alexis Sanchez’s pace and trickery and ability to score spectacular goals make him a world class attacker. French international striker Olivier Giroud is much maligned, but he finished the season on 16 goals - his equal best return in an Arsenal shirt.

Speedsters such as Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin provide an attacking thrust down the flanks, while the defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny provided the Londoners with the second best defensive record in the Premier League last season.

 

Weaknesses

In the previous Premier League campaign Arsenal topped the charts in clean sheets and assists and made the top four in goals scored. However, Arsenal’s biggest problem is their inability to beat less fancied opponents and win in the big games against their biggest rivals.

Failure to get the three points against West Bromwich Albion, Norwich, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Crystal Palace cost them dearly last season and their poor form against Chelsea and Manchester United continued.

While Arsenal’s slick passing game can be unplayable, it can often be their greatest weakness when it’s not working. It’s not unusual to see possession stats with Arsenal recording more than 70% and only achieving a 1-1 draw against Norwich like they did last season.

When teams park the bus and leave little room for their creative players to attack, Arsene Wenger’s men struggle. Over the years the phrase ‘Arsenal want to walk it into the net’ has become a cliché from their often fruitless passing in front of goal.

 

Formation

Arsenal play with a 4-3-3 formation; they play a short quick passing game that looks to get their attacking weapons in behind the defence with the end goal of tapping the ball into an empty net.

 

Star Player

German World Cup winning midfielder Mesut Ozil has almost everything. There is that deadly first touch that can shield the ball away from defenders. His ability to read the game in attack means he can find a killer pass either with a ball in behind the defence or a chipped cross.

Last season was his best in an Arsenal shirt, falling one short of Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists. He created 146 chances for his teammates which was a Premier League record, beating out Frank Lampard's record of 134 in 2008/09.

However, the German Zidane can sometimes go missing and his unselfishness in front of goal can frustrate even his biggest fans. He only scored six times last season with just 20 shots on target. Arsenal would have been top of the league if the 27-year-old could only score more often.

 

Arsene Wenger

Manager

Arsene Wenger is Arsenal’s longest serving manager and their most successful. Under his tenure the club has won the Premier League title three times and the FA Cup on six occasions.

However, after almost two decades in charge many Arsenal fans and prominent former players want the charismatic leader sacked. After failing to win the league in more than a decade, coming second to Leicester City last season was considered a failure. His critics say his predictable tactics and refusal to compete with their rivals in the transfer market are to blame.

He may not have won as many titles as the Red Devils but Wenger brought a unique style to ‘boring boring’ Arsenal. Without him there’d been no Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Marc Overmars, Nicolas Anelka or Cesc Fabregas.

His invincible team of 2004 was voted the club’s greatest moment... but can he survive on that past glory for much longer without another title?