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Anniversaries 08: August

Note: The anniversary file pages have over time been split and split again as they have grown.  Please use the index at the end of the anniversary list to find the month you want.   A note on sources appears at the end.

August file last major update: 30 Dec 2016

1 August 1869: Birth of Arthur Frederick Shaw who played for Notts County but who is not the same man as the Arthur Shaw who played 57 league games for Arsenal (this item just added for clarity).

1 August 1956: Alex Forbes transferred to Leyton Orient.  He won the title with Arsenal in 1947/8 and 1952/3, and the FA Cup in 1950.  However in 1955/6 he had knee cartilage problems and he lost his place to Dave Bowen, moving to Orient before moving on to Fulham and finally and Gravesend & Northfleet.

1 August 1976: European cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Kanu born.  He started with Iwuanyanwu Nationale moving to Ajax and Inter before reaching Arsenal.  See here for memorable incident.  Here for first game

1 August 1977: Steve Walford signed from Tottenham.  He signed with Tottenham in 1974 but he only played twice for them before Terry Neill, who of course himself at been at Tottenham, signed him for £25,000.

1 August 1980: After 235 league games Liam Brady transferred to Juventus for £514,000.  He later played for Sampdoria, Inter, and Ascoli before returning to London to play for West Ham

1 August 1980: Arsenal revive the old tradition of playing Rangers, but lose 0-2 in a friendly. It was the 18th game in the series and the first for seven years.

1 August 1982: Lee Chapman signed for Arsenal for £500,000 from Stoke City, for whom he played 99 league games.  He lasted just one season, and 23 games and then had one season with Sunderland, the first of 12 post-Arsenal clubs.

1 August 1987: Arsenal beat Celtic 1-5 away in a friendly. Ex-Celtic player Charlie Nicholas scored the first, Samson, Davies, and Martin Hayes on top form got two.

1 August 1999: Arsenal 2 Man U 1.  FA Charity Shield at the Millennium Stadium.  Kanu and Parlour score.  Man U were treble winners the previous season and the win for Arsenal suggested a change in the hierarchy might be at hand.

1 August 2003: Michal Papadopulos joined on loan from Banik Ostrava while Johan Djourou from Etoile Carouge arrived on a free.  Papadopulos never played for Arsenal, while Djourou played 86 times.

1 August 2006: Armand Traore joined Arsenal from Monaco as a youth player, and graduated to the first team squad the following season.  He played in Bergkamp’s testimonial and went on to play 13 league games for Arsenal.

1 August 2008: Stewart Houston returned to Arsenal taking up the role of a scout and watching forthcoming opposition teams.

1 August 2009: Arsenal beat Atlético Madrid in the first ever Emirates Cup.  The development of the concept of the cup coincided with the introduction of Arsenalisation.  

 

2 August 1934: Lt Col Sir Henry Norris, the man who rescued the club from bankruptcy, paid for Highbury, brought in Herbert Chapman and created the modern Arsenal was laid to rest in the cemetery at East Sheen.

2 August 1951: Arsenal beat Northern Polytechnic at cricket.  George Swindin, the goalkeeper who was to become manager, took nine wickets.

2 August 1999: Davor Šuker arrived from Real Madrid for £3.5m; Nic Anelka sold to Real Madrid for around £25m.  Davor Šuker scored two in his first game, but it took eight games for another summer arrival (Henry) to score.

2 August 2003: Arsenal drew with Celtic 1-1 away.  The BBC report of the game said, “Arsenal also had an unfamiliar face in goal, new signing Jens Lehmann”.

2 August 2006: Kevin Campbell moved from WBA to Cardiff City.  It was the final move of the player who made 166 league appearances for Arsenal.  He later ran a security firm, was involved in the music industry, and commentated on football.

2 August 2011: Jamie Edge sold to WBA.  Although spoken of as being supremely talented he never once played for Arsenal or WBA and during 2013/14 was registered with five separate non-league clubs.

2 August 2013: Chuks Aneke signed for Crewe on loan for the second successive season.  He played 70 league games and scored 20 goals over the two seasons.

2 August 2014: Arsenal played Benfica in the Emirates Cup including Sanogo who scored his first four Arsenal goals, Héctor Bellerín and Joel Campbell.  16 months later Sanogo’s Arsenal career seemed stalled while Bellerin and Campbell were first team regulars.

2 August 2015: Arsenal won the Charity/Community Shield for the 14th time by beating Chelsea 1-0, with a goal from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.  

3 August 1968: Continuing the tradition of playing Rangers pre-season.  Arsenal drew 2-2 at Ibrox.

3 August 1998: Scott Marshall transferred to Southampton having played 26 games for Arsenal.  He only played twice for Southampton, and one match on loan for Celtic before moving to Brentford, for whom he did play 75 games.

3 August 1999: Thierry Henry signed for Arsenal for the first time, from Juventus for £11m.  He played 16 games for Juve and it is said that Arsene Wenger and Henry had regular phone chats during in the seasons before Henry signed for Arsenal

3 August 2010: Sanchez Watt loaned to Leeds for season.  He had six different loan spells, including two at Leeds, before signing for Colchester in 2013, but was released in 2015.

3 August 2012 Benik Afobe loaned to Bolton all season scoring two goals in 20 games.  It was not until his sixth and final loan (to MK Dons in 2014) that he found national acclaim, and signed for Wolverhampton W.

3 August 2013: Arsenal drew 2-2 with Napoli in Emirates Cup

3 August 2014: Arsenal beat Benfica 5-1 in the Emirates Cup with four from Sanogo.  Following an anti-BT campaign by Untold and others after BT Sport had made fun of the competition’s points allocation system in 2013, and knocked Arsenal mercilessly in their pre-tournament ads, the corporation suddenly reversed their policy and praised the competition and Arsenal’s quality.  It was also the moment when Bellerin shone as a star of the future.

4 August 1914: The UK declared war on Germany. The FA took no action but finally met on 1 September and agreed football should continue for the 1914-15 season.

4 August 1938: George Allison broke the UK transfer record signing Bryn Jones from Wolverhampton for £14,000.  Sadly the publicity this brought seemed to play on Bryn Jones’ mind and he never reached the heights expected.  See also here.

4 August 1948: Death of David Danskin.  Although oft reported as a founding father of Arsenal he was at the club only a short while and although he stood for election to the Committee in 1892 he was not elected.

4 August 1971: Arsenal 6 Benfica 1.  The ref then reported Benfica for the behaviour of the entire team after he was attacked by several Benfica players.

4 August 1984.  Celtic 3 Arsenal 2.  Debut for Viv Anderson.  Charlie Nicholas was endlessly jeered by Celtic fans, and ended up scoring for Arsenal.  Ian Allinson got the other.

4 August 1985: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1.  Glenn Hoddle testimonial.  Stuart Robson scored.

4 August 1997: Norwich 2 Arsenal 6 in the final friendly prior to the start of the 2nd Double Season.   Wright got a hattrick, Grimandi two and Bergkamp one.  Arsenal had won 6 and lost one of the pre-season games.  The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

4 August 1999: Nic Anelka transferred to Real Madrid for £23,500,000 – a profit of £23m which it is said, paid for the new training complex that Mr Wenger wanted built.  Also quoted as 2 August in some reports.

4 August 2003: Gaël Clichy arrived from Cannes apparently after Arsène Wenger travelled to his home town and spent time convincing Clichy’s parents of potential.

4 August 2011: Samuel Galindo loaned to Gimnàstic de Tarragona.  Although signed in 2010 he went out on a series of seemingly increasingly unsuccessful loans, with long spells of not playing club football, but twice playing for his country.

4 August 2013: Arsenal lost to Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup.  BT Sport make much of their inability to do the maths to work out who wins the trophy.

4 August 2014: Benik Afobe joined MK Dons on a season long loan.  However such was his success (including a highly publicised performance in knocking Man U out of the league cup) that he was sold to Wolverhampton before the end of the season.

4 August 2015: Chuba Akpom loaned to Hull City for the season.  He played 35 times and scored three goals to help Hull to a play off place, having come fourth in the league.

5 August 1946: Ian Buchanan McPherson joined from Notts County.  He had never played for County, and had been a youth player, and came in part exchange for Horace Cumner on the same day.

5 August 1961: Johnny MacLeod made his debut in friendly v Middlesbrough, having played 101 games for Hibs.  He had been signed for £40,000 – a record for a winger and became a regular for the next three seasons.

5 August 1967: Continuing the tradition of playing the club that for many years owned shares in Arsenal (and at this point still did), a pre-season friendly was held between the two sides.  Arsenal 3 Rangers 0.

5 August 1968: Oleg Luzhny born in Kiev.  He started out playing for Torpedo Lutsk, and after a brief spell with SKA Karpaty Lviv moved to Dynamo Kyiv in 1989, captaining the side  that got to the semi-finals of the 1999 Champions League, beating Real Madrid and Barcelona en route.

5 August 1981: Last game for Sammy Nelson v AIK Stockholm.  He was displaced by Kenny Sansom, and moved on to Brighton, having played 339 league games and scored 12 goals.

5 August 1983: Last game for Peter Nicholas.  He had two full seasons as a regular for Arsenal but a series of injuries in the 1982/3 season reduced his potential and he left in October 1983 to re-join Crystal Palace for £150,000.

5 August 1986.  David O’Leary Testimonial v Celtic.  Arsenal lost 0-2.  Quite remarkably he still had seven more seasons left in him at Arsenal.

5 August 1998: Nelson Vivas arrived from Lugano for £1.6m.  However with Dixon and Winterburn (and later Silvinho and Luzhny) in the squad, Vivas’ main function was always to be a backup and 40 of his 69 appearances were as a substitute.

5 August 2003: In the final pre-season game Arsenal beat Rangers 3-0 at Ibrox to give 3 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat in the series.  Edu, Lauren and Campbell scored.

5 August 2011: Kyle Bartley loaned to Rangers playing 24 times for the club. During his time at Rangers the club came second in the Premier League, but were then demoted to the 3rd division as the club was wound up.

5 August 2012: A pre-season match in Abuja, Nigeria was planned then postponed, and eventually seemingly scrapped as a project.

6 August 1926: Harry Woods transferred to Luton. Although he had played regularly under Knighton, Chapman did not use him at all, and he moved on after a season in the reserves.

6 August 1930: Leslie Compton signed as an amateur.  Of the brothers he was the won who was a footballer who played cricket, as opposed to Dennis who was the reverse.

6 August 1966: Rangers 2 Arsenal 0 – continuing the tradition started under Chapman.

6 August 1977 Pat Jennings signed for £45,000.  He had played 591 games for Tottenham but his club seemed to think at at 32 he was too old to continue.  Also cited as several other dates up to 11 August.

6 August 1983: Robin van Persie born.  According to Jonathan Northcroft, a Times journalist, Van Persie joined SBV Excelsior’s youth squad when he was five, but left at the age of 15, due to the relationship between the coach and his mother, and signed for Feyenoord.

6 August 1989: Arsenal beat Independiente in the Zenith Data Systems Challenge Trophy in Miami but have Gus Caesar and Gary Lewin sent off.

6 August 2007: Ryan Garry joined Bournemouth.  He had won the youth cup in 2001 and played in the first game of the “49”  but then got shin splints, and there was the thought he would never play again.  He did play for Bournemouth, and became under 13 coach for Arsenal.

6 August 2008: Arsenal beat Huddersfield 1-2 for the Chapman Cup with goals from Sanchez Watt and Nacer Barazite.  Some reports suggest Chapman won triple league trophies with each club, but actually he achieved this with neither.

6 August 2010: Fàbregas says he “will be 100% focused on playing for Arsenal”.  He did survive the season, playing 36 games all told, but on 15 August 2011, Fàbregas signed for Barcelona.

7 August 1898: James Ramsay born.   He joined Arsenal from Kilmarnock (with whom he had won the Scottish cup) in February 1924 for £1775 – an example of Leslie Knighton spending over £1000 on a player, despite saying Henry Norris forbad such transfers.

7 August 1898: John Dick signed from Airdrieonians and Woolwich Arsenal was his second and last club.  He was just about the club’s first “stalwart”.

7 August 1898: Jim Devlin transferred to Airdrie as part of the John Dick deal.  He only played one game for Arsenal but his transfers involving Arsenal, Tottenham, Millwall, Sunderland and Airdrie suggest some strange activities in the background.

7 August 1910: Alf Common signed.  The move can be seen as something of a publicity coup for chairman Henry Norris, as Common had been the first £1000 player and at the time of his signing he was famous throughout football.

7 August 1968: Vince Bartram born in Birmingham and started as a footballer with 4th division Wolverhampton Wanderers.  After a series of loans he moved to Bournemouth in 1991, playing over 100 games under the management of Harry Redknapp.

7 August 1973: Freddie Cox died aged 52 – he won the cup with Arsenal in 1950.  After retiring from playing he returned as a manager, winning promotion with Gillingham.  After working with Bournemouth he retired from football in 1970.

7 August 1982: Tony Adams first appearance in friendly away to Colchester.  He had signed as a schoolboy and played his first league game on 5 November 1983 and went on to become Mr Arsenal.

7 August 1991: Arsenal beat Watford in friendly; Ray Parlour’s first game. Siggi Jonnson’s last game.  Ray played 339 league games, Siggi just 8.

7 August 1993: Eddie McGoldrick’s first game; Charity Shield v Man U (1-1).  He had transferred from Crystal Palace and before them Kettering, Nuneaton and Northampton.

7 August 1997: Christopher Wreh joined from AS Monaco for £300,000 where he had played under Arsene Wenger.  He played just 13 games for Monaco and 33 on loan with Guingamp.

7 August 1999: Thierry Henry’s first appearance – as a sub in Arsenal 2 Leicester City 1 on the opening day of the season.  He had scored 3 goals in 16 for Juventus, and 20 in 105 for Monaco and did not consider himself a natural goalscorer.

7 August 2000: Guy Demel joined from Nîmes for whom he had played on game. He never played for Arsenal and moved to Borussia Dortmund winning the Bundesliga in his first season.  

7 August 2002: Gilberto Silva joined from Atlético Mineiro for £4.5m despite his club Atlético Mineiro being placed on a transfer embargo because of unpaid wages and difficulties getting a work permit.  Prior to coming he had twice given up football to work in a sweet factory due to financial difficulties at home.

7 August 2005 : Arsenal lost to Chelsea in Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium in Arsenal’s 19th appearance.  Fabregas scored for Arsenal and after the match Mr Wenger called Chelsea a long-ball team.

7 August 2009: Håvard Nordtveit loaned to Nuremberg for season.  At the end of the loan he moved on to Borussia Mönchengladbach where he became a considerable success, playing 120 games in his first four seasons with them.

7 August 2009: Arsenal TV on the Setanta network closed as the digital channel went out of business in the UK having failed to take on Sky.

7 August 2012: Santi Cazorla joins Arsenal from Málaga.  On 3 August Untold Arsenal had written This could be a player we’ll love and love again

7 August 2014: Johan Djourou was sold to Hamburg for a fee of around £2.5m  after 86 league games for Arsenal, and loan spells at Birmingham, Hanover and Hamburg.

7 August 2015: Serge Gnabry was loaned to WBA but bizarrely only made one start for them with the manager the eccentric Tony Pulis complaining the player was not fit.  Eventually Arsenal withdrew him from the club.

 

8 August 1962: Bristol Select v Arsenal – Joe Baker’s first game having signed for £70,000 from Torino.  He stayed for four years and for three of these was Arsenal’s top scorer.

8 August 1977:  Jimmy Rimmer played his last game v Aldershot in pre-season friendly having played 124 leagues, before moving on to Aston Villa with whom he won the European Cup, for the second time (having won it with Man U)

8 August 2001: Death of Paul Vaessen.  He had been a drug addict for several years and had a significant amount of drugs in his bloodstream at the time of his death.  His passing went unrecorded in the local paper.

8 August 2004: Arsenal 3 Man U 1 Charity Shield.  Gilberto Silva, Reyes, and Silvestre scored, and Reyes was awarded the “man of the match accolade”

8 August 2006: Tomas Rosicky first game v Dinamo Zagreb.  He transferred from Borussia Dortmund for whom he had played 149 league games.

8 August 2009.   At the AISA AGM, held in Highbury House, the Arsenal History Society was established as a body in its own right within AISA.  It quickly launched a series of books which transformed our understanding of Arsenal’s history.

8 August 2011: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed from Southampton for £12m.  He had played 36 games for Southampton in the 2010/11 season.

8 August 2012: Park Chu Young given squad number 30.  In three years at Arsenal he only played one league game.

8 August 2013: Gervinho sold to AS Roma after merciless barracking by the anti-Wengerians – descendents of the detested boo-boys.  He played 46 league games with Arsenal in two seasons.

 

9 August 1914:  Joe Mercer born.  He first played for Ellesmere Port Town before going to Everton in 1932 where he won the League in 1938/9.  After the war he was captain of the 1948 title winning side.  

9 August 1944:  George Armstrong born.  He trained as an electrician, being rejected as a footballer both by Newcastle and Grimsby before joining Arsenal as a youth player in 1961 and made his first start aged 17.  

9 August 1939: Lionel Smith signed as a pro.  He had joined Arsenal in 1939 just before the outbreak of the Second World War as an amateur left back and signed professionally in August on the eve of the declaration of war.

9 August 1955: Leslie Compton benefit match: Arsenal played the MCC at cricket exactly as his brother had done.  In 1947/8 he was a near ever-present for the remainder of the season, as Arsenal won the First Division title and Compton finally earned a top-class honour.

9 August 1961: Terry Anderson signed as a professional.  He had come onto the groundstaff in 1959.  He made his debut in 1963 and played 25 league games for the club before moving to Norwich City in 1965.

9 August 1972: Alex Graham died aged 82. He finished his playing career and ended his career playing for Folkestone FC in the Southern League and later became Brentford assistant manager.

9 August 1977:  Mikael Silvestre born in Chambray-lès-Tours, and  started playing football with the Rennes Football Academy and began his league career with the French club in the 1995/96 season.

9 August 1990: Death of Joe Mercer, on his birthday.  His final managerial post was with Coventry City and as a stand in manager for England. He became an OBE in 1976, and sadly suffered from Alzheimer’s in later life.  

9 August 1997: Leeds Utd 1 Arsenal 1.  Ian Wright scored, Overmars, Petit and Grimandi all started their first game.  Game 1 of the 2nd Double Season    The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.  The start of a 12 game unbeaten run.

9 August 1998: Arsenal beat Man U 3-0 in Charity Shield, winning it for the ninth time.  Overmars, Wreh and Anelka scored.

9 August 2011: Ryo Miyaichi was granted a work permit, but only ever played one league game for Arsenal.  He went on loan to Feyenoord, Bolton, Wigan, and FC Twente,

9 August 2013: Ignasi Miquel loaned to Leicester for the season, and played seven league games for them before transferring to Norwich in 2014.

9 August 2014: Despite being injured Thomas Vermaelen sold to Barcelona for around £15m.  He was not fit to play for his new team until March 2015. In the end he played just one league game in his first season with Barcelona.

10 August 1961: Colin Pates born.  He started out at Chelsea in 1979, and eventually became their captain as they gained promotion from the second division in 1984.

10 August 1968:  The League kicked off with an away fixture at Tottenham.  Arsenal won 2-1.  Radford scored, the other was an og.  56,280 in attendance.

10 Arsenal 1976: Malcolm MacDonald made his debut v Grasshoppers in a friendly.  He had played 187 games for Newcastle scoring 95 goals in the league, having previously scored 49 in 88 games for Luton Town.

10 August 1977:  Don Howe returned as coach under Terry Neill as manager, six years after leaving Arsenal as reserve team coach.  He had been at WBA, Leeds and Galatasaray in the intervening years.

10 August 1980: Partizan Belgrade v Arsenal, last game for Paul Barron.  He moved  on to Crystal Palace and played under the management of Terry Venables but the club were relegated in 1980/1.  He then joined West Bromwich Albion in December 1982.

10 August 1986: Tommy Caton last game away to Shamrock Rovers. With a new partnership of O’Leary and Adams there was no longer a place for him (or for Martin Keown) for he moved on.

10 August 1991:  Arsenal 0 Tottenham 0 in Charity Shield at Wembley.  Final appearance of Andy Cole.   This was Arsenal’s twelfth Charity Shield appearance and Tottenham Hotspur’s sixth.

10 August 1994: Vince Bartram signed from AFC Bournemouth.  He had played 132 games for Bournemouth, but went on to play just 11 games for Arsenal.

10 August 2003: Arsenal 1 Man U 1 in Charity Shield.  Arsenal returned 8,000 of their ticket allocation.  Arsenal lost on penalties in what was Lehmann’s first competitive match.  Thierry Henry scored.

10 August 2003: The Independent on Sunday predicted Arsenal would finish 5th, while the Observer had Arsenal to win the league.  The Sunday Times predicted Arsenal to come third.

10 August 2004: Francis Jeffers was transferred to Charlton after 8 goals in 38 games for £2.6m (also cited as 12 August in some publications)

10 August 2008: Marc Overmars came out of retirement for one season with Go Ahead Eagles, the club with whom he had been technical director since retiring from playing in 2004.

10 August 2010: Kyle Bartley loaned to Sheffield U.  He played 35 games for them in two separate loan spells through the season before moving on to a second loan period with Rangers.

10 August 2013: Marouane Chamakh sold to Crystal Palace.  He had played 40 league games for Arsenal and scored eight goals.

10 August 2013: In a somewhat unexpected result Arsenal beat Man City 3-1 in a friendly.  Perez appeared for Arsenal, and there was criticism of the fact that the player did not have a work permit – although he could not have applied for one prior to the game.

10 August 2014: Arsenal beat Man City 3-0 at Wembley to win the Community Shield.  It was Arsenal’s 20th appearance in the Shield match and their 13th win.  Cazorla (21), Ramsey (42), Giroud (61) scored for Arsenal.

11 August 1947: Don Roper signed from Southampton  (See background article here).  He had played 40 games for Southampton who did not want to let him go.  He went on to play 297 league games for Arsenal.

11 August 1953.  Danny Clapton signed by Tom Whittaker as an amateur, having previously played for Leytonstone.  His first game was on Christmas Day 1954, a 1-0 win over Chelsea.

11 August 1977: Jimmy Rimmer sold to Villa.  He had been displaced in goal at Arsenal by Pat Jennings one year later and stayed at Aston Villa until 1983 playing 229 games, and winning the league in 1981 and European Cup in 1982.

11 August 1979: Arsenal lost 3-1 to Liverpool in Charity Shield.  The crowd of 92,000 was Arsenal’s highest ever for a charity shield game.  It was also Arsenal’s first appearance in the Shield since 12 October 1953.

11 August 1982:  A tribunal forced Arsenal to pay £500,000 for Lee Chapman after offering £100,000 for the player.  It was widely reported that Arsenal were totally shocked by the adjudication, and by the fact they were not able to appeal.

11 August 1993Colin Pates transferred to Brighton after a loan move, having made just 16 league starts for Arsenal.

11 August 1997: Arsenal 2 Coventry 0.  2nd league game of the 2nd Double Season, and part of the 12 match opening unbeaten run.  Wright and Garde scored the goals leaving Ian Wright one short of Bastin’s goalscoring record.  The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

11 August 2002: 23 years to the day after Arsenal played Liverpool in the Charity Shield, Gilberto Silva played his first competitive match for Arsenal after the usual pre-season tour against  v Liverpool in Community Shield.  Gilberto scored the only goal.  For context see here.

11 August 2003: Ahead of the Unbeaten Season, Paul Merson on BBC TV said Arsenal were favourites because they had the “best players … If they all remain fit week-in week-out then they will not be beaten.”

11 August 2005: Alex Song came to Arsenal on loan from Bastia for whom he had played 32 games.  He played five goals during the loan spell, and then signed for the club later leaving for Barcelona in 2012.

11 August 2015: Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez loaned to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the season.  He played 13 league games for the club in this, his fourth loan.

12 August 1917: Frank Boulton born.  He started out with Bristol City, before moving on to Bath City, from where he was transferred to Arsenal for £700 in October 1936. He then played in the 1937/8 title winning team

12 August 1949: In a fitting benefit match for Dennis Compton Arsenal played Middlesex county cricket club… at cricket, at Highbury. Exactly as his brother did in 1955.

12 August 1977: First appearance of Pat Jennings in a friendly v Luton.  Apparently he played for the under 18 team of Shamrock Rovers while aged 11, and then moved across to Gaelic football returning to Association Football with Newry Town before moving to Watford in the third division in 1963.  And then Tottenham.

12 August 1989: Arsenal lost 1-0 to Liverpool in the Charity shield.  Arsenal had won the league in the last couple of minutes of the season, but Liverpool got a tiny amount of revenge.

12 August 1994: Goalkeeper Alan Miller transferred to Middlesbrough for £500,000.  He played just nine games for Arsenal and had three separate loan spells before going on to play 57 times for Middlesbrough.

12 August 1996: After four consecutive pre-season defeats against Birmingham, Celtic, Rangers and Fiorentina, Bruce Rioch was sacked as Arsenal manager.  The only victory came in the opening game against St Albans City on 19 July – 6-0.

12 August 1996: Stewart Houston took over the management of Arsenal and immediately oversaw a 1-3 away defeat in a pre-season friendly against Northampton. He later left to be manager of QPR with Rioch as his assistant.

12 August 2007: Arsenal continued their unbeaten run from the end of the previous season by beating Fulham 2-1 in the opening day’s game Van Persie and Hleb scoring.  Arsenal played 19 more games before facing defeat – in the Champions League.

12 August 2012: Arsenal beat Koln 4-0 in the final pre-season friendly having lost to Man C and drawn with Kitchee.

12 August 2015: Following goalkeeper Josh Vickers’ release on 10 June 2015, he signed for Swansea City.

13 August 1934: Ken Friar born.  He started with Arsenal aged 12 and rose through the club to rose become Company Secretary in 1973. During this time, he took part in discussions between Arsenal and Tottenham about a stadium share at Alexandra Palace.  Between 1983 and 2000 he was MD of Arsenal.

13 August 1966: Arsenal v Huddersfield pre-season friendly; George Eastham’s last game.  He was Arsenal captain between 1963 and 1966 and scored 41 goals in 223 matches before joining Stoke for whom he played in the 1971 and 1972 cup semi-finals against Arsenal.

13 August 1968: Arsenal’s new handbook announced that the club was formed in 1884 but “the project failed” and that the club elected to division 2 in 1894.  The second claim was certainly false and no evidence given to support the first.

13 August 1980.  Clive Allen and Paul Barron sold to Crystal Palace, Kenny Sansom joining Arsenal.  Allen played three pre-season friendlies but no league games before moving on.

13 August 1988.  Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-0 in a pre-season tournament at Wembley with Merson, Marwood (2) and Smith scoring.  In the other match Arsenal beat Bayern Munich 3-0 with Smith getting two and Dixon the third.  Tottenham lost again in their second game.

13 August 1998: Isaah Rankin transferred to Bradford C for £1.3m.  He played just one league game for Arsenal.  He played in the league for ten years before moving into the non-league football, ending with Hendon in 2014.

13 August 2008: Arsenal defeated FC Twente 0-2 away in Third Round Qualifying Round of Champions League with goals from Gallas and Adebayor.  Aaron Ramsey made his debut as sub for Theo Walcott.

13 August 2010: Pedro Botelho loaned to Cartagena; Samuel Galindo loaned to Salamanca.  Neither player ever played for Arsenal, and Galindo had an amazing eight loan spells, and only played any league games in four of them.

13 August 2012: Ryo loaned to Wigan.  He played just four games for them, before later moving on loan again to FC Twente.

14 August 1894: Jack Butler born in Ceylon; he played 267 games for Arsenal.  He was the first Woolwich Arsenal player who was born outside of the British Isles.

14 August 1963: Bob Wilson’s first friendly game.  Bob Wilson went to Loughborough College (now university) to train as a teacher.  He didn’t play his first league game until October.

14 August 1971: After the Double everyone expected more of the same, and got it with an opening match of Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0.  Unfortunately two wins were followed by three consecutive defeats.

14 August 1980: George Wood signed from Everton as understudy to Jennings. He was reported to have scored for playing in goal for East Stirlingshire v Queen of the South on 9 January 1971 kicking the ball out of his area.

14 August 1982: Lee Chapman’s first game, in a friendly.  He was top scorer with Stoke, but never made it at Arsenal, playing in the first eight matches of the season before being replaced after a sequence in which Arsenal won two, drew two and had four defeats

14 August 1993: A 0-3 home defeat to Coventry in the opening game of the season was followed by four consecutive wins and just two more defeats in the next 16 league games.

14 August 1996.  The first Arsène Wenger signings, Remi Garde (on a free transfer) and Patrick Vieira (£3.5m) joined Arsenal.  Wenger was still in Japan ending his contract and both players arrived carrying injuries.

14 August 1999: Last game for Luis Boa Morte (v Sunderland) before moving on to Southampton.  He had played 25 league games for Arsenal across two seasons and went on to play 14 for Southampton.

14 August 2003: Igors Stepanovs transferred to Beveren on a one year loan.  He played 21 times in Belgium before moving on to Grasshoppers where he played 50 games in two seasons.  

14 August 2005: Start of the final season at Highbury with game against Newcastle.  A 2-0 victory against a parked bus defence which Henry and Van Persie breached in the last 10 minutes.

14 August 2008: Middlesbrough made a bid for Justin Hoyte.  He was transferred two days later for £3m having played 34 league games for Arsenal and 27 while on loan at Sunderland.

14 August 2010:  Arsène Wenger signed a contract extension until June 2014.  Despite this being the era of Arsenal Austerity he kept the club in the top four and ready for a return to trophies with the FA Cup wins in 2014 and 2015.

15 August 1886: Charles Lewis born in Plumstead, (then a small town in Kent). He played for East Wickham, Eltham and Maidstone United before joining Arsenal in 1907 – making his debut on December 28.

15 August 1869: Charlie Booth born.  He played in Arsenal’s first ever league game and was one of three players to score a hattrick in the cup game against City Ramblers.

15 August 1894: John Caldwell (who later turned up at Brighton Utd) transferred to Arsenal from Hibernian.  During his time at Arsenal he had a brief time away at Third Lanark, but then returned and played on until April 1898.

15 August 1925: Following the news of the arrival of Herbert Chapman as manager a crowd of 11,406 came to Highbury for a pre-season practice match between the Arsenal first team and the Reserves: Chapman’s first game at Arsenal.

15 August 1970: The start of the first Double season.  Everton 2 Arsenal 2 (George and Graham scoring).  Charlie George broke his ankle, and the press called the game “trench warfare.”

15 August 1976: Arsenal played in Yugoslavia in a pre-season friendly.  Željezničar 1 Arsenal 1.  The local press said of the match, “In an even game  Željezničar and Arsenal didn’t offer much to the spectators”

15 August 1983.  Ian Allinson signed for Arsenal on a free transfer following an administrative error by Colchester in which they offered him a salary less than his previous level of payment, thus allowing him to leave without compensation.

15 August 1986: Paul Merson’s first senior game – a friendly v Southend.  He went on to play 289 first division games for the club before leaving for Middlesbrough in 1997.

15 August 1992: Steve Bould scored Arsenal’s first Premier League goal. Campbell got a second to make it 2-0 at half time, but the final score was  Arsenal 2 Norwich 4.  The game was played in front of just 24,030 with the North Bank closed in order to become an all seater two tier stand.  However in this season Arsenal won unprecedented FA Cup, League Cup double.  

15 August 1993: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain born.  He was a youth player with Southampton, playing in their first team in 2010/11 before joining Arsenal.

15 August 2003: Arsenal 2 Everton 1.  The 1st league match of the unbeaten season.  Campbell was sent off on 25 minutes, but in a pattern that was to be followed all season, Henry and Pires got the goals.

15 August 2004: In what became a tradition in the early 21st century Arsenal beat Everton in their first match.  Everton 1 Arsenal 4. Bergkamp, Reyes, Ljungberg and Pires scored.

15 August 2009.  Everton 1 Arsenal 6.  The result took Setanta TV who showed it live by surprise as they had lined up an array of Evertonians to interview through the game.  Denilson, Vermaelen, Gallas, Fàbregas (2) and Eduardo scored the goals.

15 August 2011: Cesc Fàbregas joined Barcelona for a fee estimated to be between £25m and £35 with a possible £5m of add ons plus a suggestion that Fàbregas would pay Arsenal €1 million a year from his wage for five years.

15 August 2012: Wellington Silva loaned to Ponferradina.  Difficulties with a work permit meant that he did not make the early appearance for Arsenal that had been hoped for.

15 August 2015: Nic Bendtner signed for Wolfsburg having been released by Arsenal earlier in the summer.  He had made 169 appearances and scored 47 goals across nine years.

15 August 2014: Jon Toral loaned to Brentford for the season.  He became a regular in the Championship side that just missed out on promotion.

16 August 1912.  Ted Drake born.  He started at Winchester City, and then went on to Southampton, Herbert Chapman quickly spotted him, but at first could not convince him to move.  Drake was eventually signed in March 1934 for a fee of £6,500.

16 August 1925: Arsenal FC finally bought Highbury Stadium – which until that point had been leased.  It meant that Sir Henry Norris was no longer under an obligation to return the ground to its previous state at the end of the lease.

16 August 1927: First reported use of numbers on players backs, over a year before Arsenal tried it out.  Arsenal worked hard to popularise numbering, but didn’t invent it.

16 August 1975: David O’Leary made his league debut for Arsenal – he went on to play 558 league games.

16 August 1975: The rapid decline of Mee’s ability is plain to see as Arsenal opened a new season with a 0-0 away to Burnley and went on to achieve just one win in the first ten league games.

16 August 1978: John Matthews sold to Sheffield United.  He had played 43 league games for Arsenal but went on to over 100 games for Sheffield Utd before moving on to Mansfield.

16 August 1980.  Kenny Sampson played for the first time for Arsenal v WBA and went on to play every game that season.  Arsenal won 1-0 with Stapleton scoring.

16 August 1981: Steve Gatting played his last game for the first team v Olympiacos in a friendly.  He moved to Brighton for whom he played over 300 league games before finishing his playing career at Charlton.

16 August 2008: Justin Hoyte signed for Middlesbrough from Arsenal.  He had played 68 league games for Arsenal and went on to play 142 times for Middlesbrough before moving on to Millwall.

16 August 2008: Arsenal started the season with 1-0 win over West Brom, with Nasri getting the first goal of the new season on his debut.

16 August 2011: Emmanuel Eboué joined Galatasaray for a fee of £4m.  He had played 132 league games for Arsenal before leaving, having previously played 70 games for Beveren.

16 August 2012: Jack Wilshere was given the number 10 shirt and said “Getting the No. 10 shirt again at the club means so much to me…It has a special place for all attacking or creative players. I feel proud to wear it now after some real club legends have worn it, such as Dennis Bergkamp.”

16 August 2012: Kyle Bartley sold to Swansea for £1m.  In July 2014 he was given a further three year contract.

16 August 2013: Wellington Silva loaned to Real Murcia for the season.  He played 38 games for them and scored 3 goals, before moving on to Almería for 2014/15.

17 August 1896: Andrew Young born.  He was signed by Knighton in 1921 from Aston Villa.  He played 68 games for the club up to 1926/7.

17 August 1909.  Wilf Copping born.  He became a miner while playing for local teams and tried for a place with Barnsley in 1929, but failed to get in.  He kept on trying and later in the year he signed for Leeds United of the first division.

17 August 1943: Wally Barnes joined Arsenal.  He played in every position during the remaining time before the end of the war and then settled down at left back in the 1948 championship winning team.

17 August 1955: Wally Barnes final appearance on the 12th anniversary of his signing.  He retired in 1956 having played 294 matches and having scored 12 goals.

17 August 1956: John Kosmina born.  He played for Polonia and then West Adelaide, before signing for Arsenal in February 1978.

17 August 1960: First league appearance of Geoff Strong in a 5-0 win over Newcastle.  His impact was instant, playing 19 league games in 1960/1 and scoring 10 goals.

17 August 1966: Colin Addison played his first match.  He had signed for York in 1957, moving to Nottingham Forest in 1961, Arsenal in 1966 for £45,000 but his career was hampered by injury and was sold on in 1967.

17 August 1970: Match 2 from the first Double season.  WHU 0 Arsenal 0 thus making it played 2, drawn 2, showing that one should never draw too many conclusions from the opening games.

17 August 1974: Arsenal beat Leicester 0-1 away in what was the first of no less than seven matches against Leicester in League and FA Cup during the season.

17 August 1977: Thierry Henry born in Essonne, Paris and played for various local sides.  He was spotted by AS Monaco in 1990 and signed immediately.

17 August 1977: Pat Howard transferred to Birmingham City.  He had made 15 starts and 1 sub appearance for Arsenal during his one year in the club but had slipped down the order after the arrival of Willie Young.

17 August 1990: Steve Gatting’s testimonial match.  Brighton 2 Arsenal 2.  He had played 58 games for Arsenal and by the time he left Brighton had played 316 games for them.

17 August 2009: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas loaned to Blackpool.  He played 11 games for them before moving on to loan spells with Doncaster and Cardiff.

17 August 2012: Thomas Vermaelen promoted to club captain and Mikel Arteta to vice-captaincy.  Arteta took over as captain after Vermaelen’s departure, but both suffered significant injuries following their acceptance of the captaincy.

17 August 2013: Arsenal lost the first match of the season to Villa at home 1-3 amid referee decisions so odd that even the press start mentioning them.  Arsenal won the next five to go top of the league where they remained apart from one week until 8 February.

18 August 1961: Laurie Brown purchased from Northampton Town.  The following day he played against Tottenham, and then after being sold to Tottenham in 1964 played for Tottenham against Arsenal.

18 August 1962: Joe Baker’s first league game, and also Billy Wright’s first game as manager.  Arsenal beat the Orient 2-1 with goals from Geoff Strong and, of course, Joe Baker.

18 August 1973: Arsenal 1 Wolverhampton 3,  FA Cup 3rd place play off.  The notion of a third place play off was a short lived venture, played at the start of the following season, which picked up only modest public interest.

18 August 1979.  Brighton lost their first ever first division game 4-0 to Arsenal.  Arsenal win an opening match under Neill for the first time after four attempts.  Sunderland 2, Stapleton and Brady

18 August 1983: Mickey Thomas signed as an apprentice.  Thomas signed for us in 1982, became a pro aged 17 in 1984 and went on loan to Portsmouth.  He made his first team début in February 1987

18 August 1991: Alf Kirchen died. He finished playing before the war and then became a trainer at Norwich, then took a break to become a farmer, returning to Norwich as a director of the club and as Honorary President of the Norfolk Arsenal Supporters Club.  He died just before his 86th birthday. See also Tottenham 0 Arsenal 6

18 August 1992.  Perry Groves last game v Blackburn (a 0-1 defeat).  He had played 155 league games for Arsenal and scored 21 goals.

18 August 2001 Middlesbrough 0 Arsenal 4 – the start of the great away games run. The run continued until 28 September 2002 when Arsenal beat Leeds 4-1 away, to break the record by scoring in 47 consecutive games and making it 22 away games without defeat   Sol Campbell played his first league game for Arsenal and Henry said afterwards, “I saw something today I never saw last season – we played as a team.  It’s the most important thing in football.”

18 August 2002: Following the retirement of Tony Adams, Vieira takes over as captain.  Arsenal 2 Birmingham 0.  This makes 14 consecutive wins – a new record for the top division in England.  Arsenal then played another 8 league games before finally being beaten.

18 August 2008: Emmanuel Adebayor signed a new “long-term” contract with Arsenal.  However in 2009 he moved to Manchester City.

18 August 2011: Joel Campbell loaned to L’Orient.  It was the first of four loans during his period as an Arsenal player.

19 August 1904: Woolwich Gazette reports Archibald Leitch was engaged in work on Manor Ground building refreshment bars utilising the back of the Abbey Wood End slope.  It was probably the first job for the man who went on to design Highbury, since the disaster at Ibrox, with which he was also involved, but found not culpable.

19 August 1939: On the eve of war Arsenal beat Tottenham 1-0 in a friendly.  After three league games the season was abandoned and the league did not resume until 1946, and Arsenal spent most of the war years based at White Hart Lane

19 August 1946. Ray Daniel signed.  Because of conscription he did not start playing for Arsenal until May 1949.

19 August 1956: Joe Wade left Arsenal to become player manager at Hereford.  He had played 86 times for Arsenal, his only senior club.

19 August 1961: Laurie Brown and John MacLeod each played their first match for Arsenal, a 2-2 draw with Burnley.

19 August 1966.  George Eastham transferred to Stoke for £35,000.  He’d scored 41 in 223 games for Arsenal and transformed the legal basis of the retain and transfer system.

19 August 1969: Last appearance of Ian Ure in 1-1 draw with Leeds.  He had played 168 league matches for Arsenal, before moving on to Manchester Utd and then St Mirren.

19 August 1978: John Kosmina played his first and last game for Arsenal as a substitute in the match against Leeds.  He had transferred from Adelaide City earlier in the year and the following season left to play for West Adelaide Hellas.

19 August 1989: In the first league match after winning the title in the last seconds at Anfield, Arsenal lost 4-1 away to Man U, but were undefeated in the next seven.

19 August 2000: Arsenal started their season at Sunderland with a 0-1 defeat.  Arsène Wenger was accused of violent and threatening behaviour towards the fourth official in a case that rumbled on and on for months to come.

19 August 2006: Gilberto scored his first league goal for Arsenal and Arsenal’s first league goal at the new Emirates Stadium in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

19 August 2011: Joel Campbell signed from Saprissa for around £1m.  He played only eight league matches before Arsenal signed him, and then loaned him to Lorient.

19 August 2011: Jay Simpson sold to Hull City.  He never played for Arsenal but had successful loan spells with Millwall, WBA and QPR.

19 August 2012: Arsenal confirmed that Alex Song sold to Barcelona, amidst rumours of a dispute with the management over tactics.  He played 39 times for Barcelona before being loaned to WHU.

19 August 2014: Besiktas 0 Arsenal 0: the first Champions League play off match Arsenal had failed to win.  Ramsey was sent off for a second yellow card

20 August 1904: George Morrell, the only manager who relegated Arsenal and who also was the first manager at Highbury, took up his first post – as manager of Morton.

20 August 1913: Henry Norris used his influence as a director of both clubs to arrange for Arsenal to play a practice match at Fulham, prior to the start of the new season, as the Gillespie Road ground (Highbury) was still being built.

20 August 1938: Debut of Bryn Jones in friendly v Tottenham.  Arsenal lost 0-2.  The mantle of the world’s most expensive player did not sit easily on his shoulders, but it was primarily the war that stopped him showing his promise.

20 August 1949: Arsenal’s two-times manager Stewart Houston born in Dunoon.  He played for Chelsea, Brentford, Man U, Sheffield Utd and Colchester Utd before becoming assistant manager to George Graham in 1990.

20 August 1955: Having moved from Arsenal, Ben Marden played his first game for Watford and immediately scored two goals.  He had played 42 games for Arsenal and went on to play 41 for Watford, scoring 11 for each club.

20 August 1960: Alan Skirton played his first Arsenal league game – a 3-2 away defeat to Burnley.  It is said that he was offered the chance to play for both Arsenal and Chelsea but chose Arsenal because they had a reputation for helping to train players for their career after football.

20 August 1966: Bertie Mee’s first game in charge – Sunderland 1 Arsenal 3.  Skirton scored two and Armstrong the third.

20 August 1973: Continuing the long association of Arsenal and Rangers (who at this time still owned shares in Arsenal) – Rangers 1 Arsenal 2 in the Rangers centenary match.  George and Radford scored.

20 August 1977: Pat Jennings first game for Arsenal – a 0-1 defeat to Ipswich.  Arsenal won only four out of the first ten games, but Jennings kept his place and played all 55 league, league cup and FA Cup matches that season.

20 August 1995: Arsenal 1 Middlesbrough 1. Bruce Rioch’s first game. Arsenal went seven games undefeated at the start of the season, but in the complete season won 17 of their 38 league games and scored just 49 league goals.  20 August 2003: Jermaine Pennant loaned for the season to Leeds Utd.  He played 36 times for Leeds and scored 2 goals.   Also  Dennis Bergkamp’s first match for Arsenal. He played 33 league games in this first season with the club, scoring 11 goals

20 August 1996: Totally caught off guard by the appointment of Arsenal’s new manager the Evening Standard ran the headline “Arsène  who?”

20 August 2008: Arsenal signed Mikaël Silvestre from Manchester United.  He was the first Man U player to join Arsenal since Brian Kidd in 1974 .  At 31 he put the lie to the “Wenger never signs or keeps players over 30″ story, but despite all the constant  evidence to the contrary from Bergkamp onwards the press still continued to run it.

20 August 2011: Arsenal 0 Liverpool 2.  All in all it was a very disappointing start to the season with two draws in the Emirates Cup, a defeat in a friendly to Benfica and then just two victories in the first seven games.

20 August 2012: Arsenal announced the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona.  He had played 143 league games and scored seven goals.  He later went on loan to West Ham.

20 August 2015: Wellington Silva loaned to Bolton Wanderers for the season.  It was his sixth loan; he played 22 times and scored two goals.

21 August 1954: Last of 57 league appearances for Arthur Shaw.  He later captained Gravesend to win the Southern League title in 1957/8 after being signed by manager and former gunner Lionel Smith.  In 2015 an Arsenal fan living near Arthur, in California, found the Arsenal History Society page on Arthur’s life and passed it on to him, which seems to make all this research worthwhile

21 August 1962: Terry Neill took over as club captain of Arsenal for the match against Birmingham.  He was 20 years and 102 days old, making him the youngest permanent captain of the club ever.

21 August 1969: Ian Ure sold to Manchester United for £80,000 having been replaced in the Arsenal team by the Terry Neill, Frank McLintock combination.

21 August 1976: Malcolm Macdonald made his league debut in Terry Neill’s first game as manager, against newly promoted Bristol City.  Arsenal lost 0-1 at Highbury.  The team however recovered losing just one of the subsequent eight.

21 August 1981.  Frank Stapleton transferred to Manchester United for a ludicrous tribunal price of £900,000.  He had played 225 games for Arsenal and went on to play 223 league games for Man U, but the tribunal never explained its decision.

21 August 1992: Perry Groves sold to Southampton for £750,000.  Although he stayed there for two seasons he only played 15 games before moving on to Dagenham and Redbridge (4 games) and Canvey Island (1).

21 August 2000: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0.  Lauren scored for Arsenal on his debut, Henry got the second on 89 minutes. This was the first in a 12 match unbeaten run, after the opening day defeat against Sunderland.  However Vieira was dismissed for the second successive game and got a five match ban.  Liverpool were reduced to nine players after McAllister and Hamann were sent off.

21 August 2001: Arsenal 1 Leeds 2.  League Match 2 of the third double season – after a 4-0 away win on the opening day of the season as Arsenal went unbeaten away all season.  Wiltord scored the Arsenal goal.

21 August 2009: Henri Lansbury loaned to Watford.  He played 23 league games for the club and scored four goals before moving on to WHU for a further loan season.

21 August 2010: Arsenal beat Blackpool 6-0 after a new enlarged version of the Clock End clock was unveiled inside the Emirates Stadium, with the Highbury version placed outside the ground.  Walcott scored a hattrick, Arshavin, Diaby and Chamakh got one each.

21 August 2013: Despite having lost their first league match at home, Arsenal beat Fenerbahçe 0-3 away in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier to make qualification certain and continue a remarkable series of away wins.

22 August 1914: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 5.  This was the only pre-season friendly recorded for the season, although it is more than likely that a match between the first team and the reserves was also played.  13,564 turned up for the first match between the two after the move to north London, reflecting a certain thawing in relationships.   

22 August 1925:  At the second pre-season game of Chapman’s reign 13,269 turned up for a “practice match” between the first team and the reserves

22 August 1937: Birth of Laurie Brown.  He started as a centre forward with Bishop Auckland and then played briefly with Darlington before moving back to non-league football with Woking.   He played in the 1960 Olympic Games side before signing for Northampton, and was the club’s top scorer in 1960-61 as they were promoted to the Third Division.  

22 August 1953.  Gerry Ward became the youngest ever Arsenal player in the League.  Whittaker recorded in his memoirs that he was in serious need of new players but had no doubt about Ward being a player who would shine for Arsenal.

22 August 1953: Dennis Evans first league game a home 0-0 draw with Huddersfield with 54,000 turning up to celebrate last season’s championship winning team in their first home match of the new campaign.

22 August 1959: Mel Charles first league match.  He played 60 league games and scored 26 goals before moving on to Cardiff.

22 August 1963 Ian Ure signed from Dundee for £62,500.  He had been a member of their championship side and played in the side that reached the European Cup semi-finals.  He was also in the Scotland team on 8 November 1961 that beat Spain 6-2 at the Bernabeu.

22 August 1964: BBC TV launched Match of the Day launched with one recorded game and chose Liverpool v Arsenal.  It meant that Arsenal continued their run of being the first team with a radio commentary and the first televised team when Arsenal v Arsenal Reserves was shown.

22 August 1970: Arsenal 4 Manchester United 0.  Match 3 in the first Double season, and the first win of the season after two draws.  George and Graham scored but George was seriously injured and did not play again until 6 February.

22 August 1978: League debut for Paul Barron: a 1-1 draw away to Manchester City.  Macdonald scored for Arsenal.

22 August 1987: Charlie Nicholas played his final game – a 0-2 away defeat to QPR. He scored just 34 goals in 151 league games – far fewer than was hoped for when he signed for the club in 1983.

22 August 1998: Champions Arsenal drew 0-0 with Liverpool, the first of four consecutive draws – the first three of which were goalless.

22 August 1999: Davor Suker league debut v Manchester U.  Arsenal lost 2-1.  Ljungberg scored in what was Arsenal’s first defeat of the season.   Sky called this “the world’s first live interactive match”, as the new digital service gave alternative camera angles.  It was Arsenal’s first home defeat since December 1997.

22 August 2002: West Ham 2 Arsenal 2.  After creating the record for consecutive wins, in the first match of the season, Arsenal were finally held to a draw – although at one stage were 2-0 down.

22 August 2004: Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 5-3, one of four games in which Arsenal scored five or more that season.   With Bergkamp captain Arsenal went 3-1 down.  Dennis scored, and the comeback started.  He said later, “I took it personally”.

22 August 2009: After beating Everton away 6-1 Arsenal followed up with a 4-1 defeat of Portsmouth.  Diaby got two, Gallas and Ramsey the others.

23 August 1920: Lionel Smith born.  He played for various local non-league clubs and signed for Arsenal as an amateur in April 1939, but his progress was stopped by the second world war.  

23 August 1947: League Debut for Archie Macauley and Don Roper.  One year on from the worst start since 1923, 58184 turned up to see McPherson, Logie and Rooke make it Arsenal 3 Sunderland 1 on the opening day of the season – a season which saw Arsenal open with six consecutive wins and go undefeated in the first 17 games.

23 August 1952: Arsenal 2 Villa 1 started the march to the First Division title for the last time until Mee won the double in 19 years later.

23 August 1952 Lycurgus Burrows died.  By retaining an amateur status he had managed to be registered for both Tottenham and Arsenal at the same time – playing for Arsenal between 1893 and 1896.

23 August 1955: Arsenal 3 Cardiff 1.  Tommy Lawton scored a hat trick but Arsenal then did not win another game until 1 October when they defeated Aston Villa 1-0.

23 August 1958: Tommy Docherty signed for £20,000 from Preston North End for whom he had played 323 league games.  He went on to play 83 times for Arsenal before moving on to Chelsea.

23 August 1958: George Swindin’s first match as manager:  Preston 2 Arsenal 1.  Arsenal however then won five of the next six, scoring 24 goals in the process.

23 August 1966: Arsenal 2 WHU 1.  Radford and Baldwin scored in Alan Skirton’s final game for Arsenal.  He scored 53 goals in 145 league games as a winger, including two in the previous game.

23 August 1975: Arsenal 0 Stoke 1. Arsenal won only two games in the first ten and ultimately ended the league in 17th.

23 August 1986: Arsenal 1 Man U 0.  George Graham started his career as Arsenal manager.  Unfortunately this was one of only two wins in the first eight.  Charlie Nicholas scored.

23 August 1996: Paul Dikov sold to Manchester City for £1m.  He had played 22 league games and scored four goals in his six years with Arsenal.

23 August 1997: Luis Boa Morte’s first league game as the press increased their criticism of “foreign imports”.   Overmars scored his first goal for Arsenal.  Southampton 1 Arsenal 3.  The third league game of the 2nd Double Season

23 August 2000: Brian McGovern sold to Norwich.  He played one game for Arsenal, and five games for QPR while on loan.

23 August 2006: Theo Walcott became the youngest Arsenal player to play a match in a European competition against Dinamo Zagreb.  He was 17 years 129 days old.

23 August 2008: Arsenal lost 1–0 to Fulham in the second game of the season but then went on to win the next three game to go top of the league.

24 August 1878: Believed date of birth of Archi Gray although there is considerable doubt.  He joined Arsenal in 1904.

24 August 1928: Tommy Docherty born in Glasgow.  He started to play junior football but his career developed while he was doing his National Service.

24 August 1949: Peter Goring’s first match – Chelsea 1 Arsenal 2 – in which Goring scored  It was however the only game in the first five league games of the season that Arsenal did not lose.

24 August 1954: David Herd bought from Stockport for £10,000.  His games for  Stockport were restricted by his national service but he scored five goals in 12 games in 1953–54, thus attracting the attention of Arsenal.

24 August 1961: George Armstrong became a professional, having been turned down by Grimsby and Newcastle Utd.  He went on to play 500 games for Arsenal.

24 August 1963: League debut for Ian Ure, a 3-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton.  He had played 107 games for Dundee and went on to play 168 times for Arsenal.

24 August 1967: Michael Thomas, the man who scored in the last minute against Liverpool to win the league, was born in Lambeth. He was a Tottenham fan After but signed for Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1982.

24 August 1991: Aston Villa 3 Arsenal 1.  Alan Smith scored. As league champions Arsenal had opened the season with two defeats and a draw – scoring three and letting in seven.  

24 August 1996: David Hillier’s final game before his transfer to Leicester; he had played 104 league games.  This 2-0 win over Leicester marked the start of a ten match unbeaten run during which Wright scored ten.

24 August 2000: Sylvain Wiltord signed from Bordeaux.  He had scored 46 goals in 96 games for Bordeaux between 1997 and 2000.  He went on to play 104 games for Arsenal.

24 August 2003: Three years to the day after signing Wiltord scored two as Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 4-0.   Arsène Wenger said in the press, “I feel it is very important in our minds to do this and I know the hunger is strong to do it.” He named Newcastle, Liverpool, Man U and Chelsea as the main rivals for the Premier League.  It was the 2nd league match of the unbeaten season

24 August 2007: Joe O’Cearuill sold to Barnet.  He was a youth player for Watford but released after one year and signed by Arsenal.  However he never played for Arsenal in his one season with the club.

24 August 2011:  Samir Nasri joined Manchester City on a four-year deal for around £25m after 86 games for Arsenal scoring 18 goals.

24 August 2015: Gedion Zelalem was loaned to Rangers for the season.  He played 20 games in Rangers promotion season to the Premier League, and on On April 17, 2016 played against Celtic in the Scottish cup semi final. Zelalem converted a penalty in the shootout to help Rangers progress to the final.

25 August 1899.  Chairman and benefactor George Leavey warns his players about drinking before a match.  “No man with a skinful of whisky can play football.”

25 August 1923: Debut of Harry Woods v Newcastle.  It ended Arsenal 1 Newcastle 4 in front of 45,000.  The large crowd was probably caused by the fact that Arsenal were undefeated in the final nine league matches of the previous season.

25 August 1928.  For the first match of the new season Chapman introduced numbers on the players’ shirts.  The FA said subsequently said “no”, for no apparent reason other than it was new.

25 August 1934: Wilf Copping’s first game v Portsmouth away.  The 3-3 draw (Bowden, Drake and Bastin) suggested Arsenal might score goals, and they did.  Eight in the next match and  115 in the league winning the third successive title.

25 August 1954: Jimmy Bloomfield and Joe Haverty league debuts – a 0-1 away defeat to Everton.  In fact Arsenal lost all three of their opening games of the season.

25 August 1964: Arsenal played their first ever home match on a pitch with under soil heating.  It finished Arsenal 1 Sheffield W 1 in front of 35,590.  Simpson scored.  Arsenal went on to win only two of their first six games and finished 13th in the league.

25 August 1970: After what was reported as a long stalemate Bob McNab accepted a new pay offer.  He stayed until 1975 playing 278 league games.

25 August 1970: Arsenal 1 Huddersfield 0.  Match 4 in the First Double season, making the tally thus far Won 2 drawn 2.   Kennedy scored in front of just 34,848.

25 August 1984: Arsenal League debut by Viv Anderson in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.  He went on to play 120 league games for Arsenal over the next three years before moving to Manchester United.  The police demanded the match kick off at 11:30 on police but it was mostly just a rather silly flexing of muscles by the authorities; there was no significant trouble at Arsenal matches.

25 August 1990: Arsenal start with a 3-0 away win at Wimbledon in front of 13,733, eventually were docked two points but still won the league by 7 points, losing only one match during the whole league campaign.  Merson, Smith and Groves scored.

25 August 2001: Arsenal 4 Leicester 0.  League match 3 of the third Double season.  Ljungberg, Wiltord, Henry, and Kanu scored making it 9 goals in 3, but only two wins.

25 August 2004: Arsenal 3 Blackburn 0 – the game that broke Nottingham Forest’s 42 league games unbeaten record set in 1977/8 by Brian Clough’s team.  Arsenal of course went on to 49.

25 August 2005: Jérémie Aliadière loaned to West Ham but only played seven games for them – although that was better than his previous loan to Celtic where he failed to make an appearance.

26 August 1893: The start of the infamous Tennant-Macfarlane Case in which James Tennant was tricked into signing for East Stirlingshire when drunk.  He later moved to Woolwich Arsenal and on 12 March 1900 Tennant scored two in the record win over Loughborough

26 August 1904:  Joe Hulme born in Stafford and with York City and Blackburn. Herbert Chapman brought him to Arsenal in 1926.  and he spent 12 years at Highbury, thus sharing in all the great moments of the Chapman and post-Chapman era.

26 August 1913: Alf Kirchen born in Norfolk.  In 1934 he was signed by Tom Parker (holder of Arsenal’s consecutive appearance record), then manager of Norwich City.  Arsenal paid £6000 for him in March 1935.

26 August 1924: Dan Lewis joined from Clapton Orient.  He played for Arsenal in goal for six seasons, despite Chapman trying out various other keepers, and despite his faux pas in the 1927 cup final.

26 August 1933: Arsenal start as Champions and head for the second of three titles with a 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham with David Jack scoring.  Despite winning two in the first seven Arsenal ran out winners once again.

26 August 1939: Wolverhampton 2 Arsenal 2.  First game of the 1939/40 season which was abandoned after three games.  Arsenal transferred to the League South A which they won.

26 August 1958: Tommy Docherty debut.  He scored in a 3-0 win against Burnley – his only ever goal for Arsenal.  He played 83 times for Arsenal before moving on to Chelsea,

26 August 1987: Kevin Richardson signed from Watford.  He had already won the league with Everton, and went on to win it again under George Graham, leaving the club in 1990 for Real Sociedad.

26 August 1993: Frank “Tiger” Hill died in California aged 87.  He played just 81 games for Arsenal but won the league three seasons running.  After injury curtailed his playing days he had an extensive career as a manager, and was one of the vanguard fighting against the oppressive retain and transfer system.

26 August 1999: Luís Boa Morte sold to Southampton.  He had played 25 times for Arsenal and played just 14 to Southampton before getting an extended run with first Fulham and then West Ham before retiring from football in 2013.

26 August 2000: Sylvain Wiltord brought in from Bordeaux.  He had played 99 games for Bordeaux before moving for a club record fee of £13m.  He scored the goal at Old Trafford to win the league in 2002.

26 August 2000: Arsenal beat Charlton 5-3 keeping the record of five goals scored once every 20 games running, and go top of the league.

26 August 2003: Giovanni van Bronckhorst  loaned to Barcelona for the season.  At the end of the season the transfer was made permanent and he stayed there until 2007, ending his career in 2010 at Feyenoord where he was captain.

26 August 2010: Sébastien Squillaci joined Arsenal from Sevilla FC, for whom he had played 49 times, on a three year contract for £3.5 million.

26 August 2012: Having opened the season for only the third time since entering the league in 1893, with a 0-0 draw, Arsenal’s season continued with second 0-0 draw in a row.  It was the first time this had ever happened.

27 August 1908: Newspaper talk shows Morrell very satisfied with his team’s progress as they prepared for the first game on 2 September.  Unfortunately Arsenal lost 0-4 at home to Everton.

27 August 1913    Arsenal played a practice match at The Den as the development work continued at Highbury ready for the first home game on September 6.

27 August 1919: Joseph Toner joined from Belfast United for £200.  He was an occasional player in each of the years under Knighton’s management, but was soon moved on after Chapman arrived.

27 August 1920: Death of Hugh MacDonald.  He signed for Arsenal on three separate occasions (not a record but still remarkable) retiring from football finally in 1913.

27 August 1921: The Third Division North formed.  In the first minute on the first day of the first season ex Arsenal man Tommy Winship crossed for Darlington to score the first ever goal in the league.

27 August 1927: Not everything worked perfectly under Chapman.  Bury 5 Arsenal 1 in the opening day of the first division campaign.  However Arsenal won the next two games 4-1 and 6-1 and went on to play in the FA Cup final for the first time.

27 August 1928: The Monday newspapers deemed the numbered shirts experiment “a success”  and predicted wider use.

27 August 1932: The run of three consecutive league championships began with Birmingham 0 Arsenal 1.  The first goal of this unique run was scored by Reg Stockill.  He only played four games in the season – but scored three.

27 August 1938: Bryn Jones scored on his debut against Portsmouth.  He scored three in his first four games, but then only scored one more during the whole season in which he played 30 games.

27 August 1988: Steve Bould league debut for Arsenal in 5-1 away defeat of Wimbledon in the opening fixture of the campaign.  Smith got 3 – the only hattrick all season.

27 August 1997: The definitive Bergkamp hat trick at Leicester in a 3-3 draw in the 4th league game of the 2nd Double Season   It was the first hattrick under Arsène Wenger. The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

27 August 2002: Arsenal beat WBA 5-2, continuing the average of five or more goals every 20 games under Arsene Wenger.  Cole, Lauren, Wiltord (2) and Aliadière scored.

27 August 2003: Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 0.  The 3rd league match of the unbeaten season and the third straight win.  Campbell and Henry scored to make it 8 goals for 1 against.

27 August 2008: Arsenal qualified for the Champions League group stages.  Samir Nasri made his debut, marked with a goal in 4-0 win over Twente.  Gallas, Walcott and Bendtner scored the others to make it 6-0 overall.

27 August 2009: Jay Simpson loaned to QPR.  He went on to play 39 times for them and scored 12 goals.

27 August 2013.  Arsenal beat Fenerbahçe in the Champions League play off in front of 56,271 – the lowest crowd of the season.  

27 August 2014: Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for Arsenal as the club beat Besitkas 1-0 in the play off round of the Champions League.

28 August 1926: Chapman’s second season began with a 2-1 victory over Derby County with Buchan and Parker scoring in front of 32,990.

28 August 1928: Some suggest the original Arsenal clock was installed on this date – but in fact it wasn’t.  It was in fact installed in 1930.    See here for the full story – but do read the corrections in the readers’ comments!

28 August 1932: The Times confirmed Charlie Jones had been appointed Arsenal captain.  He went on to play 29 games in the title winning season.

28 August 1973: John Matthews moved from being an apprentice to being a professional.  He made his debut one year later, and went on to play in 45 league games before leaving in 1978.

28 August 1982: Lee Chapman made his Arsenal league debut against his old club Stoke City.  Arsenal lost 1-2 and in fact lost three and drew one of their first four league games.

28 August 1993: Ian Wright’s single, “Do the Wright Thing” entered the charts!

28 August 1999: Nicolas Anelka transferred to Real Madrid after playing just 50 games and scoring 23 goals.

28 August 2004: Robin van Persie arrived from Feyenoord for £3m.  He had played 61 times for the club and scored 15 goals, but had gained a reputation as a difficult player to manage.

28 August 2011: Arsenal lost 2-8 to Man U.  See also:   Ref Review    Taking Stock.   Arsenal’s goals came from Walcott and Van Persie, and the first Man U goal from Welbeck.   It took Arsenal until October to recover when a run of seven wins and a draw in eight games restored the team’s self-belief.

28 August 2015: Manuel Almunia forced to retire from football due to a heart condition.  He had just signed for Cagliari Calcio but was unable to play for them.  He played 405 games for all his clubs in all competitions.

29 August 1921: Dan Burgess (generally known as Dick) played his final game: a 2-3 away defeat to Preston.  He then moved on to West Ham followed by Aberdare Athletic, QPR and Sittingbourne.

29 August 1925: Herbert Chapman’s first match as Arsenal manager, against Tottenham in the first league match under the new offside rule.  Arsenal lost 0-1.  The outgoing manager Leslie Knighton alleged some 20 years later that he was promised the gate money from the game as a benefit payment, but no evidence of such an agreement was ever produced and almost all of Knighton’s anti-Norris statements were subsequently proven to be untrue.   

29 August 1925: Charlie Buchan’s debut as a pro after signing for Arsenal for a second time. Part of his transfer arrangement was that Arsenal would pay a fee of £100 for every goal he scored in the season.  He scored 20.   Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal is here.

29 August 1931: As champions Arsenal slipped back losing 0-1 to WBA at home on the opening day and failing to win any of the first four games.

29 August 1936: Arsenal beat Everton 3-2 with Alex James as captain.  James, Bowden and Hapgood scored.

29 August 1938: Rangers 0 Arsenal 1 – part of the Chapman inspired annual series of friendlies between the two sides.

29 August 1944: George Armstrong born in County Durham, having previously been an apprentice electrician.  Between 1962 and 1977 he played 490 league games, plus 10 appearances as sub, plus 58 (2) in the FA Cup, 35 in the League cup and 24 (2) in European games.

29 August 1949: Jack Kelsey joined from Winch Wen of the Swansea and District League.  Arsenal was his only senior club and he played 327 games for the club before being injured playing for Wales, and being forced out of the game.

29 August 1951: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1.  Final game for Lawrie Scott.   He won a league winners medal and cup winners medal with Arsenal.  He played 115 games for Arsenal before moving on to Crystal Palace.

29 August 1956: Viv Anderson born.  He came to the attention of the football world playing for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough with whom he won promotion and then the league.

29 August 1959: Dennis Evans has his leg broken in a 3-3 draw with Wolverhampton – the team that turned him down before he came to Arsenal.

29 August 1959: John Milne died. He won the league with Arsenal in 1937/8 and played twice for Scotland.  He left Arsenal for Middlesbrough in 1937.

29 August 1964: Johnny MacLeod’s 101st and last league game.  He moved on to Aston Villa, before moving on to KV Mechelen in the Netherlands.  He played over 100 league games for each of his first four clubs: Hibs, Arsenal, Villa, Mechelen.

29 August 1970: Arsenal lost 2-1 away to Chelsea – the first defeat of the 1st Double season in game 5.  Andy Kelly scored for Arsenal in front of 53,722 spectators.

29 August 1978: Arsenal lost 1-3 to Rotherham in the Football League cup, despite putting out the regular first team.  The defeat came on top of two draws and a defeat in the opening matches in the league season.

29 August 1987: Kevin Richardson league debut with Arsenal after joining from Watford.  He went on to play 96 times in the league – including in the championship winning game at Liverpool in 1989.

29 August 1987: Alan Smith scored three – his first goals for Arsenal as Arsenal beat Portsmouth 6-0 having failed to win any of the first three games of the season, the team scoring just one goal in them.

29 August 1997: The movie The Full Monty was released in the UK – the film refers to the Arsenal famous back four’s offside tactics, as the men rehearse their dance routine.

29 August 2013: Flamini arrived at Arsenal for the second time.  He played 102 league games for Arsenal between 2004 and 2008, and then 97 in the next five years with Milan.

30 August 1913: the first ever match played at the Gillespie Road ground, later renamed Highbury.  It was the third training match of the pre-season, with the previous two being played at Fulham and Millwall as the pitch was not ready.  This game was played behind closed doors, and was probably between the first team and the reserves although no exact details are available.

30 August 1919: Arsenal started the longest run in the top division in the history of English football by coincidence playing the same team that they played in their first league game.  The match was lost 0-1 to Newcastle.  It was also the first match as manager for Leslie Knighton plus the first appearance of Alfred Baker, Henry White and Ernie Williamson.

30 August 1924: At the start of his last season ironically Leslie Knighton started with a winning sequence of three games – his best start ever with Arsenal – with the result  Nottingham Forest 0 Arsenal 2.  Ramsay and Woods scored in front of a 20,000 crowd.

30 August 1930: Gerrit Keyser (sometimes spelled Keizer) debut in a 4-1 away win at Blackpool.  Despite only playing in one defeat in the first 12 games of the season, he was dropped and never played for the club again.  This game was the first of five consecutive wins and 9 game unbeaten sequence.

30 August 1939 – Arsenal officially sanctioned to wear numbered shirts for the first time in a league match:  Arsenal 1 Blackburn 0 in front of a 17137 crowd.  After one more match the season was abandoned.  The club had worn numbered shirts on 25 August 1928 but had been ordered to stop by the League.

30 August 1997: Arsenal 0 Tottenham 0.  Arsenal were fifth in the table in the 5th league match of the 2nd Double season, but still undefeated.   The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

30 August 2002:  Rami Shaaban transferred to Arsenal from Djurgårdens.  He played just five league games for Arsenal before moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion.

30 August 2011: Armand Traoré joined Queens Park Rangers for £1.5m.  He had played 13 games for Arsenal, and had loan spells with Portsmouth and Juventus.

30 August 2011: Park Chu-Young joined Arsenal from Monaco for £1.8m.  He only played one league game and was soon moved onto Celta Vigo on loan.

31 August 1906: Percy Sands signed as a professional, although he had been playing with Arsenal as an amateur since 1902, while also working as a teacher.  He played for the club for 17 years playing 327 games.  

31 August 1909: the FA agreed that professional players could be members of the Association Football Players Union and a dispute between players and the FA came to an end allowing the season to start on the following day.

31 August 1925: Joseph Toner’s last game.  It was Chapman’s second game with the club, but having seeing his side lose at home to Tottenham and draw 2-2 at home to Leicester on this day, he started to take dramatic action.

31 August 1929: Arsenal debut for Alex James, after playing 147 games for Preston – a 4-0 home win over Leeds in front of 41,885.  Jack (2) Hulme and Parker scored.

31 August 1931: Last game for William Harper in his second spell at Arsenal.  He won a league winners’ medal in 1930/1, and overall played 63 times for the club before moving on to Plymouth.

31 August 1935: First appearance for John Milne. He had previously played for Glasgow Ashfield, and Blackburn Rovers, and was a Scottish international, but little is known of his life.

31 August 1946: Numbered shirts confirmed by League as available for all clubs.  On 25 August 1928, Arsenal had worn numbered shirts for the first time, but the move was outlawed by the authorities.

31 August 1946: First appearance for Ian McPherson.  He started with Rangers but left the club to serve with the RAF during the second world war and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was signed by Arsenal in August 1946.

31 August 1946: Arsenal’s worst ever start to a season,  Wolverhampton 6 Arsenal 1.  The season began with the same fixtures as the abandoned 1939/40 season.  (See 26 August 1940).

31 August 1949: First game for Arthur Shaw, in a 2-3 home defeat to Chelsea.  He was born in London, and played initially for Brentford, as well as representing England as an amateur player.

31 August 1959: Dr Jimmy Patterson died. Leslie Knighton in his autobiography claimed that he had been reduced to playing the brother of the club’s physio because Sir Henry Norris would not allow Knighton funds for transfers.  In reality Patterson was an ex-Rangers player of high quality who was later brought out of retirement by Chapman, who was keen to extend his playing days.

31 August 1963: Leicester 7 Arsenal 2.  Goalkeeper McClelland was injured and  Joe Baker went in goal – commenting after that the club had no arrangements for who should take over if there were to be an injury to the keeper.

31 August 2001:  Sylvinho sold to Celta Vigo for £5m.  He had played 55 times for Arsenal between 1999 and 2001, and after 84 games for Celta Vigo he played 89 times for Barcelona.

31 August 2003:  The Times reported the league match against Man City as containing “the worst 45 minutes [by Arsenal] that any of their fans could remember”.   It ended Man City 1 Arsenal 2 and was the 4th league match of the unbeaten season.

31 August 2005: David Bentley loaned to Blackburn.  After 14 games on loan he moved to the club permanently and played 88 times before moving to Tottenham in 2008.

31 August 2005: Justin Hoyte loaned to Sunderland.  He played 27 times for them before being sold to Middlesbrough for whom he played 142 league games between 2008 and 2013.

31 August 2006: M Poom brought in on loan from Sunderland.  He later moved permanently to Arsenal for the 2006/7 season, and played one game before ending his career with Watford.  He was Estonian player of the year six times.

31 August 2006: William Gallas transferred to Arsenal along with a £5m settlement fee after Ashley Cole had illegally negotiated with Chelsea.  Cole claimed the salary Arsenal had offered him had made him feel sick.

31 August 2007: Lassana Diarra moved from Chelsea to Arsenal.  He lasted just five months and sought a move in January 2008 claiming that he had been promised regular games, which he was not getting.

31 August 2011:  André Santos, Thomas Eisfeld, Per Mertesacker, Yossi Benayoun (loan) and Mikel Arteta, all joined Arsenal,

31 August 2011: Gilles Sunu left Arsenal to join Lorient.  He had never played for Arsenal in the league but went on to play 67 games for Lorient before moving on to Evian.

31 August 2012: Goalkeeper Dejan Iliev transferred from Belasica.  He was the first Macedonian to join Arsenal, and featured for Arsenal in NextGen and Youth Cup matches while playing for his country at under 21 level.

31 August 2012:  Nicklas Bendtner went to Juventus on loan.  He only played nine times for the club in the league and did not score.  He later moved on to VfL Wolfsburg but only scored one goal in 18 games in his first season there.

31 August 2012 Park Chu-Young moved to Celta de Vigo.   On  22 September 2012 he became the first Korean to score in the Spanish League.

 


 

 

The Anniversary files now have over 5000 entries, and are now divided into monthly sections.

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The anniversaries file aims to be the biggest database of Arsenal events ever produced.  However in trying to build it I always openly acknowledge that some of the details recorded here will be  wrong, and facts will be inaccurate and will need correcting, not least because information may be taken from inaccurate sources, or (in my specialist way) I may have made copying and typing errors.   So far over 200 people have contributed to the articles that make up the anniversary files, and if you can help us improve the data, please do either comment on an article (and I’ll correct the file itself), or write a new article for us. A correction and a citation of sources would be good however, rather than just saying “you’re wrong”.   A special mention as always must go to Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews, who have done so much to aid the development of this site by adding so much original research.   But whether you can add original research or corrections with the right data, or articles on people we have not yet covered, that will be very welcome indeed.

The dates in this file are being added to all the time, and come from a whole variety of sources including the internet and a variety of printed volumes.  If you notice an error please write to Tony.Attwood@aisa.org – ideally with a correction.  (Just telling me I am wrong, without giving a clue to either the right information or how you know I am wrong, is not quite as helpful as it might be).

I would particularly like to mention Richard Lerman and David Brown, and their wonderful (but now tragically out of print) volume The Gunners: Day to Day Life at Highbury”, which is a mine of information.  Also thanks of course to Andy Kelly, who has not only supplied dates and information, but who was involved in the “Day to Day Life” volume, and quite rightly is acknowledged therein.   Also to Arsenal Football Club whose own On This Day appears on www.arsenal.com   And “Arsenal On This Day” by Paul Donnelley (Pitch Publishing).  Also where would any of us be without “Arsenal a complete record” by Fred Ollier (Breedon Books), and “Arsenal the football facts” by Dean Hayes (John Blake).  If I have missed another sourcebook, please do let me know and I will correct this at once.

If you know of any anniversary dates not yet listed, please do write in and add them.   Not only are new dates being added at the rate of about half a dozen a day, but so are links being added to articles on this site.  It is intended to produce a book based on this site in due course – but the date gets put back as I find more and more info.