Q. Could you clear something up for me please? Some newspapers and websites have stated that our goal against Birmingham was scored by Robin van Persie, whereas others said it was an own goal. Officially who is credited with it? - Stephen Harvey, North Watford
A. The Premier League Dubious Goals Committee meet regularly to discuss such issues and our goal against Birmingham was one of those being examined at the last meeting. They decided that it was in fact an own goal (by Stephen Clemence) and has therefore not been credited to Robin van Persie. All of Arsenal's official channels of communication should now reflect this.
Q. Arsenal have played in 17 FA Cup Finals, five League Cup Finals and five European Finals. Has any English club played in more? If so, what's the break down of the top clubs please? - P Jerrams, Islington
A. Arsenal's tally of 27 finals (14 of which we won) is bettered only by Liverpool, with 32 appearances in finals. Purely looking at domestic finals though, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United jointly lead the way with 22 finals.Top ten major finalistsTeamFAC (won)LC (won)Euro (won)Total (won)Liverpool12 (6)10 (7)10 (8)32 (21)Arsenal17 (10)5 (2)5 (2)27 (14)Manchester United17 (11)5 (1)3 (3)25 (15)Aston Villa10 (7)7 (5)1 (1)18 (13)Tottenham Hotspur9 (8)5 (3)4 (3)18 (14)Newcastle United13 (6)1 (0)1 (1)15 (7)Everton12 (5)2 (0)1 (1)15 (6)W.B.A.10 (5)3 (1)0 (0)13 (6)Chelsea7 (3)4 (3)2 (2)13 (8)Nottingham Forest3 (2)6 (4)2 (2)11 (8)
Q. I read in the Birmingham programme (on page 36) that Arsenal was founded in 1884, but I always thought it was 1886. Can you help me out? - Darren Cox, Bristol
A. Good spot Darren - and you weren't the only one! This was an oversight on our part, and of course the Club was founded in 1886. Apologies for any inconvenience the error caused.
Q. When Robert Pires came off in the first half of the match against Everton, there were no French players on the pitch for the remainder of the match. Has this ever happened under Arsène Wenger before? - Graham Nixon, Crouch End
A. Yes, Graham, it has, although not often. It was only the fifth time since Patrick Vieira made his Gunners debut as a 28th minute substitute on September 16, 1996, that there was not a Frenchman on the field for Arsenal.
The same occurred during the 0-0 draw at West Ham on September 24, 2005, when the starting XI did not feature any Frenchmen, although Mathieu Flamini and Gael Clichy came on as late substitutes. In addition, for 17 minutes during the Birmingham game this season there were no French players in the side.
The previous occasions were:
November 13, 1996
Coca-Cola Cup Third Round
Arsenal 5, Stoke City 2
Steve Morrow replaced Patrick Vieira in the 78th minute.
Arsenal team for remainder of the match was: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Keown, Bould, Adams, Platt, Wright, Merson, Bergkamp (Hartson), Morrow.
December 21, 1996
Nottingham Forest 1, Arsenal 2
Steve Morrow replaced Remi Garde in the 78th minute.
Arsenal team for remainder of the match was: Lukic, McGowan (Parlour), Winterburn, Keown, Bould, Linighan, Platt, Wright, Merson, Bergkamp (Hartson), Morrow.
November 22, 1997
Sheffield Wednesday 2, Arsenal 0
Scott Marshall replaced Gilles Grimandi in 51st minute.
Arsenal team for remainder of the match was: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Keown, Marshall, Adams, Parlour (Hughes), Platt, Wright, Mendez (Wreh), Overmars.
May 14, 2000
Newcastle United 4, Arsenal 2
The squad did not feature a Frenchman.
Arsenal team: Manninger, Luzhny, Keown, Weston (McGovern), Winterburn, Parlour (Silvinho), Malz, Vernazza, Cole, Suker, Kanu (Gray). Subs not used: Lukic, T Black.
September 19, 2005
Arsenal 2, Everton 0
Alexander Hleb replaced Robert Pires after 29 minutes.
Arsenal team for remainder of the match was: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Cole, Ljungberg, Fabregas, Gilberto, Hleb, Reyes (Song 85), van Persie (Bergkamp 66).
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