Q) I read that Arsenal had 11 different nationalities in the team against Hamburg last week, which was a first for the Champions League. But has it ever happened previously in any other competition? - Dave Greaves, Islington

A) Yes, it occurred last season when Arsenal's starting line-up for the Premier League game at Newcastle on December 10, 2005, contained 11 different nationalities. The team was:

Jens Lehmann (Germany), Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast), Lauren (Cameroon), Sol Campbell (England), Philippe Senderos (Switzerland), Freddie Ljungberg (Sweden), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Gilberto (Brazil), Alexander Hleb (Belarus), Robin van Persie (Holland), Thierry Henry (France).

When Kolo Toure was substituted against Hamburg last week, and until Mathieu Flamini and Julio Baptista came on in the second-half, Arsenal were represented by 11 different nationalities again. The Arsenal line-up was as follows:

Jens Lehmann (Germany), Emmanuel Eboue (Ivory Coast), Justin Hoyte (England), William Gallas (France), Johan Djourou (Switzerland), Alexander Hleb (Belarus), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Gilberto (Brazil), Tomas Rosicky (Czech Republic), Robin van Persie (Holland), Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo).

In addition there was a Swede (Freddie Ljungberg) and a Cameroonian (Alex Song) on the bench that night.

Q) For my records, could you supply the final Arsenal playing records for Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell and Robert Pires, as they do not appear in this season's handbook. - Fred Clarke, Hendon

A) Certainly Fred. Robert Pires finished his Arsenal career 16 goals shy of a century for the Club, from 284 matches. The breakdown is as follows. (goals in brackets, + = substitute appearances).

Robert Pires 2005/06
League 23+10 (7) 
FA Cup 1 (2) 
Europe 7+5 (2) 
League Cup +1 
Community Shield 1
Total 32+16 (11)

Robert Pires Career
League 159+30 (62)
FA Cup 22+6 (10)
Europe 55+8 (11)
League Cup 1+1 (1)
Community Shield 1+1
Total 238+46 (84)

Dennis Bergkamp scored 120 goals in 11 seasons at Highbury, making 523 appearances. The details are as follows.

Dennis Bergkamp 2005/06
League 8+16 (2)
FA Cup 1
Europe 1+3 (1) 
League Cup 1
Community Shield 1
Total 12+19 (3)

Dennis Bergkamp Career
League 253+62 (87)
FA Cup 34+5 (14)
Europe 37+11 (11) 
League Cup 16(8)
Community Shield 5
Total 345+78 (120)

Finally, Sol Campbell left the Club after 199 games and 11 goals.

Sol Campbell 2005/06
League 20 (2)
FA Cup 1
Europe 6 (1)
League Cup 2
Community Shield 0
Total 29 (3) 

Sol Campbell Career
League 133+2 (8)
FA Cup 19 (2)
Europe 39 (1)
League Cup 2
Community Shield 2
Total 197+2 (11) 

Q) I think Emirates Stadium is stunning, however I am slightly disappointed with the exposed concrete which runs around the bottom of each tier on the interior of the stadium. Are there any plans to cover/decorate this? - Various correspondents.

 A) The Club can confirm that these areas will be covered in due course, and possible solutions are being examined presently. No more details are available at the moment, but as soon as a decision has been made we will bring you more news.

Prize Question

Q) I know that all of Emmanuel Adebayor's goals for Arsenal have come in victories for us, but it also seems to me that Arsenal always win when Robin van Persie scores too. Is this right? - Greg Schofield, Bucks

A) You are nearly right Greg. Robin van Persie has scored 22 goals for Arsenal, in 19 different games, and the Gunners have never lost when he's found the net - winning 18 and drawing just one. That was a 2-2 home draw with Southampton back in October 2004, so the last 17 games in which he's scored, Arsenal have won.

As you point out, Arsenal have won all five of the games Emmanuel Adebayor has scored in. In fact, they have won all five games without conceding. Against Aston Villa, Charlton, Fulham and Birmingham last season, and Manchester United last week.

The Q and A page is an occasional series which will continue to run in the matchday programme throughout this season. If you have an Arsenal-related question you want answered, then write to us at: Q and A, Arsenal Programme, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU. Or you can email us at programme@arsenal.co.uk, writing 'Q and A' in the subject box.

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20 Sep 2006