Arsenal in History

Events in Sport

  • 1958-02-01 Tommy Taylor scores 2 goals and Duncan Edwards 1, in Manchester United's 5-4 win vs Arsenal at Highbury; pair amongst 7 players killed 5 days later when team’s charter plane crashes at Munich airport
  • 1958-02-01 Manchester United beats Arsenal, 5-4 at Highbury in the team's last game on British soil, 5 days prior to the plane crash at Munich airport that killed 7 players
  • 1980-05-12 West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium; midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores winner with a rare header
  • 1980-05-14 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • 1994-05-04 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen
  • 1995-05-10 Real Zaragoza of Spain win 35th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 2-1 in Paris
  • 1999-08-03 Arsenal FC completes a huge signing coup snapping up ace French striker Thierry Henry for a bargain £10 million from Italian club Juventus.
  • 2001-05-12 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (72,500): Liverpool beats Arsenal, 2-1 with Michael Owen scoring twice for the Reds
  • 2002-05-04 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,963): Arsenal beats Chelsea, 2-0 for 8th title
  • 2003-05-07 Arsenal thrash Southampton, 6-1 at Highbury to start Gunners' amazing English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak; ends 24 October, 2004 with 2-0 defeat at Manchester United
  • 2003-05-17 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,726): Arsenal beats Southampton, 1-0; Robert Pires scores 38' winner for Gunners' 9th title
  • 2003-12-22 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd is named best football player in Europe ahead of Arsenal forward Thierry Henry and Milan defender Paolo Maldini
  • 2004-10-24 Manchester United beats Arsenal, 2-0 at Old Trafford; ends Gunners' English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak
  • 2005-02-01 Arsenal’s English Premier League record 33-game unbeaten streak at home ends when the Gunners go down, 4-2 to Manchester United at Highbury
  • 2005-05-21 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,876): Arsenal beats Manchester United, 5-4 on penalties after 0 – 0 (a.e.t.); Gunners' 10th title
  • 2006-05-17 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • 2006-11-27 Ballon d'Or: Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus/Real Madrid) is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Arsenal forward Thierry Henry
  • 2014-05-17 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,345): Arsenal beats Hull City, 3–2 (a.e.t.); Aaron Ramsey scores 109' winner
  • 2015-05-30 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,283): Arsenal beats Aston Villa, 4-0; Gunners' 12th title
  • 2017-05-27 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Arsenal beats Chelsea, 2-1; Aaron Ramsey scores 79' winner as Arsène Wenger becomes most successful manager in FA Cup history, winning his 7th title
  • 2017-07-05 Arsenal FC breaks club transfer record, paying about €53m for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette
  • 2018-02-10 Tottenham Hotspur edge Arsenal, 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in front of English Premier League record single-game attendance of 83,222 fans
  • 2018-04-20 Arsène Wenger announces he will leave London EPL club Arsenal after 22 years as manager
  • 2018-05-13 Arsène Wenger guides Arsenal to a 1-0 win at Huddersfield in his final game as Gunners manager after 22 years in charge
  • 2018-05-14 Arsenal finish EPL season in 6th place on 63 points; fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1997
  • 2019-05-09 English clubs create football history by taking all 4 final spots in Europe's 2 major competitions; Chelsea & Arsenal qualify in Europa Cup after 'miracle' Champions League wins for Liverpool & Spurs

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1897-09-01 Andy Kennedy, Irish soccer defender (2 caps, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1918-05-23 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), born in Hendon, England (d. 1997)
  • 1928-06-07 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1944-08-09 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), born in Hebburn, County Durham (d. 2000)
  • 1949-03-17 Pat Rice, Irish soccer defender and coach (49 caps; Arsenal, Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949-04-01 Sammy Nelson, Irish soccer left back (51 caps Northern Ireland; Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1949-10-22 Arsène Wenger, French football manager (Arsenal 1996-2018), born Strasbourg, France
  • 1963-09-19 David Seaman, English football goalkeeper (Arsenal), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1963-11-03 Ian Wright MBE, English soccer striker and broadcaster (33 caps; Crystal Palace, Arsenal), born in London, England
  • 1966-07-24 Martin Keown, English soccer defender (43 caps; Arsenal, Aston Villa), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • 1966-10-10 Tony Adams, English footballer (Arsenal & England national team captain), born in Romford, London, England
  • 1971-11-03 Unai Emery, Spanish soccer manager (Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal) born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • 1974-04-29 Pascal Cygan, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Lens, France
  • 1976-10-07 Gilberto Silva, Brazilian soccer defender (93 caps; Arsenal, Panathinaikos), born in Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais
  • 1979-12-14 Michael Owen, English footballer (Liverpool, Arsenal), born in Chester, England
  • 1980-10-04 Tomáš Rosický, Czech soccer midfielder (105 caps; Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1981-05-01 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian soccer winger (80 caps; VfB Stuttgart, Arsenal), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1981-05-29 Andrei Arshavin, Russian soccer midfielder (Russia 75 caps, Zenit SP, Arsenal), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1983-09-01 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), born in Utrera, Spain (d. 2019)
  • 1988-10-15 Mesut Özil, Turkish-German football player (Arsenal, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • 1988-12-19 Alexis Sánchez, Chilean footballer (Arsenal, Chilean national team), born in Tocopilla, Chile
  • 1989-03-16 Theo Walcott, English football player (Arsenal, English national team), born in Stanmore, England
  • 1992-01-01 Jack Wilshere, English soccer midfielder (34 caps; Arsenal, West Ham Utd), born in Stevenage, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1934-01-06 Herbert Chapman, Legendary Manager of Arsenal and Huddersfield Town (b. 1878)
  • 1995-09-25 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), dies at 67
  • 1997-04-23 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), dies at 78
  • 2000-11-01 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 56
  • 2019-06-01 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), dies in a car crash at 35