Kenny Sansom remains Arsenal's most-capped player. After arriving in August 1980 from Crystal Palace in a deal that took Clive Allen and Paul Barron to Selhurst Park, the left back quickly usurped the established Sammy Nelson. He also became an England regular and racked up 86 England caps in total, 77 of which came with Arsenal. Patrick Vieira is the nearest player to breaking the record. He had 72 caps for France when they were eliminated by Greece at Euro 2004.
Before the arrival of Herbert Chapman in 1925, Arsenal played in a plain red shirt. The new manager launched the Arsenal kit as we know it today. Chapman noticed someone at the ground wearing a red sleeveless sweater over a white shirt. This inspired him to create a new strip combining a red shirt with white collar and sleeves. It also incorporated the Club badge, which was positioned on the left-hand side of the shirt.
Alan Smith signed from Leicester in March 1987 but was immediately loaned back to the The Foxes until the end of that campaign. He even played against Arsenal at Highbury. A tall, intelligent striker with expert distribution, he topped the First Division scoring charts in 1988-89 and nodded home the first goal in the dramatic finale at Anfield. He hit 22 goals in the 1991 title-winning season and, memorably, hit the clinching goal in the Cup Winners Cup final of 1994. However, injury struck soon afterwards and he retired in the Spring of 1995 with a record of 115 goals in 347 games. He is now a respected football journalist.
Arsenal went to Belgium for the second leg of their Cup Winners Cup second round tie on November 3, 1993 with a 3-0 advantage over Standard Liege from the home game. They went on to romp to a 7-0 victory with goals from Smith, Selley, Adams, Campbell (2), Merson and McGoldrick. It remains the Club's most emphatic victory in European competition.
Having served Arsenal as a goalkeeper either side of the Second World War, George Swindin was well known to the Highbury faithful when he was appointed as manager in 1958. The Yorkshireman made wholesale changes to a side that had performed in average fashion the previous year and they paid dividends. Arsenal led the table in February 1959 and seemed destined for the title. However they could not hold on. A catalogue of injuries and the sale of free-scoring striker David Herd did not help. Swindin left the manager's seat in 1962 and went on to take charge at Cardiff and Norwich.