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2008–09 Arsenal F.C. season

Arsenal
2008–09 season
Chairman Peter Hill-Wood
Manager Arsène Wenger
Ground Emirates Stadium
Premier League 4th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Robin van Persie (11)
All:
Robin van Persie (20)
Highest home attendance 60,109 (31 January vs West Ham United, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 55,641 (17 March vs Hull City, FA Cup)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008–09 season was Arsenal Football Club's 17th consecutive season in the Premier League. This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season, and also lists all matches that the club played in the season.

Events

Players

Squad information

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  ESP Almunia 32 EU 2004 125 0 undisclosed[40] £ 0.5m
3 DF  FRA Sagna 26 EU 2007 89 1 2014[41] £ 7.5m
5 DF  CIV Touré (VC) 28 Non-EU 2002 (Winter) 326 14 undisclosed[42] £ 0.15m
10 DF  FRA Gallas (Captain) 31 EU 2006 109 13 undisclosed[43] Part exchange with
A. Cole+£5m[44]
22 DF  FRA Clichy 23 EU 2003 187 1 2012[45] £ 0.25m
15 MF  BRA Denílson 21 Non-EU 2006 93 5 undisclosed[46] £ 3.4m
4 MF  ESP Fàbregas (captain) 22 EU 2003 231 29 2014[47] Free
17 DF  CMR Song 21 EU 2005 78 3 undisclosed[48] £ 1.0m
8 MF  FRA Nasri 21 EU 2008 44 7 undisclosed[49] £ 12m[50]
25 FW  TOG Adebayor 25 Non-EU 2006 (Winter) 142 62 undisclosed[51] £ 3m
11 FW  NED v. Persie 25 EU 2004 177 63 2011[52] £ 2.75m
26 FW  DEN Bendtner 21 EU 2004 93 23 2012[53] Youth system
27 MF  CIV Eboué 25 Non-EU 2005 (Winter) 147 6 undisclosed[54] £ 1.54m
2 MF  FRA Diaby 23 EU 2006 (Winter) 98 10 undisclosed[55] £ 2m
14 FW  ENG Walcott 20 EU 2006 (Winter) 106 14 undisclosed[56] £ 9.1m
20 DF   SUI CIV Djourou 22 Non-EU 2003 77 0 undisclosed[57] Youth system
12 FW  MEX Vela 20 Non-EU 2005 29 6 2010 £ 0.5m[58]
18 DF  FRA Silvestre 31 EU 2008 23 2 2010[59] £ 0.75m[59]
16 MF  WAL Ramsey 18 EU 2008 22 1 undisclosed £ 4.8m[60]
40 DF  ENG Gibbs 19 EU 2007 23 0 undisclosed[61] Youth system
21 GK  POL Fabiański 24 EU 2007 26 0 undisclosed[62] £ 2.0m
23 MF  RUS Arshavin 27 Non-EU 2009 (Winter) 15 6 2012[63] £ 15.0m
19 MF  ENG Wilshere 17 EU 2008 8 1 undisclosed[29] Youth system
9 FW  CRO BRA Eduardo 26 Non-EU 2007 35 15 2011[64] £ 7.5m
28 MF  POR FRA Bischoff 22 EU 2008 4 0 undisclosed[65] Free
24 GK  ITA Mannone 21 EU 2005 1 0 undisclosed[66] £ 0.35m
7 MF  CZE Rosický 28 EU 2006 61 13 undisclosed[67] £ 6.8m
  • Last updated: 24 May
  • Source: footballdatabase.com (for EU passport, country as international player, contract ending and transfer fee)
  • Ordered by Starting 11, then appearances in this season.

Transfers

In

# Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Team Source
16 MF Wales Aaron Ramsey Wales Cardiff City £4,800,000 13 June 2008 First-team [8]
8 MF France Samir Nasri France Marseille £12,000,000 11 July 2008 First-team [10]
28 MF Portugal Amaury Bischoff Germany Werder Bremen Free transfer 30 July 2008 First-team [13]
18 DF France Mikaël Silvestre England Manchester United £750,000 20 August 2008 First-team [18]
23 MF Russia Andrei Arshavin Russia Zenit St. Petersburg £15,000,000 3 February 2009 First-team [30]

Total spending: Decrease £32,550,000

Out

# Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Source
1 GK Germany Jens Lehmann Germany VfB Stuttgart Free transfer (Released) 3 June 2008 [4]
16 MF France Mathieu Flamini Italy Milan Free transfer (Released) 1 July 2008 [1]
13 MF Belarus Alexander Hleb Spain Barcelona £11,900,000 16 July 2008 [11]
19 MF Brazil Gilberto Silva Greece Panathinaikos £1,000,000 17 July 2008 [12]
31 DF England Justin Hoyte England Middlesbrough £3,000,000 16 August 2009 [16]

Total income: Increase £15,900,000

Loan Out

Squad # Position Player Loaned to Date Loan expires Source
DF England Kerrea Gilbert England Leicester City 11 July 2008 End of the season [68]
30 DF France Armand Traoré England Portsmouth 21 August 2008 End of the season [69]
6 DF Switzerland Philippe Senderos Italy Milan 26 July 2011 End of the season [70]
50 FW England Jay Simpson England West Bromwich Albion 31 December 2008 End of the season [71]

Overall transfer activity

Spending

Decrease £32.55 million

Income

Increase £15.9 million

Net expenditure

Decrease £16.65 million

Squad stats

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Spain Manuel Almunia 44 0 32+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 12+0 0
2 France Abou Diaby 36 4 16+8 3 4+1 0 0+0 0 5+2 1
3 France Bacary Sagna 49 0 34+1 0 5+0 0 0+0 0 9+0 0
4 Spain Cesc Fàbregas 33 3 22+0 3 1+0 0 0+0 0 10+0 0
5 Ivory Coast Kolo Touré 41 1 26+3 1 3+0 0 0+0 0 9+0 0
7 Czech Republic Tomáš Rosický 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
8 France Samir Nasri 44 7 28+1 6 3+2 0 0+0 0 10+0 1
9 Croatia Eduardo 4 3 0+0 0 2+0 3 0+0 0 0+2 0
10 France William Gallas 36 6 23+0 2 4+0 1 0+0 0 9+0 3
11 Netherlands Robin van Persie 44 20 24+4 11 4+2 4 0+0 0 10+0 5
12 Mexico Carlos Vela 29 6 2+12 1 3+1 1 3+0 4 2+6 0
14 England Theo Walcott 35 6 16+6 2 2+1 1 0+0 0 9+1 3
15 Brazil Denílson 51 3 36+1 3 2+0 0 0+0 0 11+1 0
16 Wales Aaron Ramsey 22 1 1+8 0 2+2 0 3+0 0 4+2 1
17 Cameroon Alex Song 48 2 23+8 1 4+0 0 2+0 0 8+3 1
18 France Mikaël Silvestre 23 2 12+2 2 2+0 0 1+0 0 6+0 0
19 England Jack Wilshere 8 1 0+1 0 0+2 0 3+0 1 0+2 0
20 Switzerland Johan Djourou 29 0 13+2 0 4+0 0 2+0 0 6+2 0
21 Poland Łukasz Fabiański 18 0 5+1 0 6+0 0 3+0 0 2+1 0
22 France Gaël Clichy 41 1 30+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 10+0 0
23 Russia Andrei Arshavin 15 6 12+0 6 2+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
24 Italy Vito Mannone 1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
25 Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 37 16 21+5 10 1+1 0 0+0 0 8+1 6
26 Denmark Nicklas Bendtner 50 15 17+14 9 3+2 2 2+0 2 5+7 2
27 Ivory Coast Emmanuel Eboué 44 4 17+11 3 4+1 1 0+0 0 6+5 0
28 Portugal Amaury Bischoff 4 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
35 France Francis Coquelin [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
39 Portugal Rui Fonte [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
40 England Kieran Gibbs 21 0 6+2 0 5+1 0 3+0 0 3+1 0
41 England Gavin Hoyte [R] 4 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
42 England Henri Lansbury [R] 3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+3 0 0+0 0
43 Spain Fran Mérida [R] 5 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
47 England Mark Randall [R] 6 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 3+0 0 0+2 0
49 England Paul Rodgers [R] 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
50 England Jay Simpson [R] [L] 3 2 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+2 2 0+0 0

Source: Arsenal F.C.

Disciplinary record

N
P
Nat.
Name
Notes
11 FW  NED v. Persie 9 0 1
25 FW  TOG Adebayor 5 1 0
27 MF  CIV Eboué 3 1 0
22 DF  FRA Clichy 9 0 0
17 DF  CMR Song 8 0 0
8 MF  FRA Nasri 8 0 0
4 MF  ESP Fàbregas 8 0 0
2 MF  FRA Diaby 7 0 0
10 DF  FRA Gallas 5 0 0
3 DF  FRA Sagna 5 0 0
15 MF  BRA Denílson 5 0 0
26 FW  DEN Bendtner 4 0 0
5 DF  CIV Touré 4 0 0
40 DF  ENG Gibbs 2 0 0
20 DF   SUI CIV Djourou 2 0 0
16 MF  WAL Ramsey 2 0 0
23 MF  RUS Arshavin 2 0 0
47 MF  ENG Randall 1 0 0
43 MF  ESP Mérida 1 0 0
12 FW  MEX Vela 1 0 0
18 DF  FRA Silvestre 1 0 0

Last updated: 24 May
Source: Match reports in Competitive matches
Only competitive matches
sending offs by a direct red card.

Start formations

Qnt Formation Match(es)
51 4–4–2 1–13, 15–29, 31–49, 52–53, 57–58, 61
8 4–2–3–1 14, 50–51, 54–56, 59–60
1 4–4–1–1 30[72]

Last updated: 24 May
Source:
Only competitive matches.

Club

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager France Arsène Wenger
Assistant manager Northern Ireland Pat Rice
First team coach Bosnia and Herzegovina Boro Primorac
Goalkeeping coach Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton
Physiotherapist England Colin Lewin
Fitness coach England Tony Colbert
Chief scout England Steve Rowley

Last updated: 11 August
Source: Arsenal FC

Kit

Supplier: Nike
Sponsor(s): Fly Emirates

Last updated: 30 July.
Source: Arsenal FC

Other information

Chairman England Peter Hill-Wood
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Emirates Stadium (60,432 / 105x68 meters)

Last updated: 15 June
Source: www.footballgroundguide.com

Competitions

Overall

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 4 16 August 24 May
Champions League Third qualifying round Semi-finals 13 August 5 May
Football League Cup 3rd round Quarter finals 23 September 2 December
FA Cup 3 January 18 April

Last updated: 24 May
Source: Competitions

Premier League

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 11 10 54 48 +6 62
7 Fulham 38 14 11 13 39 34 +5 53 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round

Updated to games played on 24 May 2009.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 11 5 3 31 16 +15 9 7 3 37 21 +16

Last updated: 24 May.
Source: Premier League

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A H A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H
Result
Position

Last updated: 24 May.
Source: Competitive Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches

UEFA Champions League

Third qualifying round

Group stage

Group G
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Porto 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 12
England Arsenal 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 2 2 2 4 4 0 8
Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 0 2 4 4 11 −7 2

Knockout phase

Round of 16

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

FA Cup

Main article: 2008–09 FA Cup

Football League Cup

Pre-season

Last updated: 9 August
Source: Arsenal FC

See also

English football portal

References

External links

  • Arsenal 2008-09 on statto.com
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