This week Arsenal statistician Josh James takes a look at the Club’s international players.

Fourteen Arsenal players have played international matches over the past week, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner all on target.

The Gunners now have 22 full internationals in the squad, plus a further five (Samuel Galindo, Ryo Miyaichi, Bendtner, Ju Young Park and Joel Campbell) out on loan, making 27 in all on the books – more than in any other time in the Club's history.

Between them, our 27 international players have a total of 920 caps (an average of 34 each) and have netted 196 goals. The most capped player in the squad is Lukas Podolski, who has played 105 times for Germany.

In fact Lukas holds the record for the youngest European player to reach the 100-cap landmark in international football.

Only four of Podolski's international appearances have been made as an Arsenal player though (he officially signed on July 1). The player with the most all-time caps while at Arsenal is Thierry Henry, who won 81 of his 123 France caps while with the Club. He scored 38 times in those 81 games, making him the player with the most international goals while at Arsenal too.

Most caps as an Arsenal player
Player Country Caps
1 Thierry Henry France 81
2 Patrick Vieira France 79
3 Kenny Sansom England 77
4 David Seaman England 72
5= David O'Leary Rep. of Ireland 68
5= Robin van Persie Netherlands 68
7 Tony Adams England 66
8 Freddie Ljungberg Sweden 60
9 Cesc Fabregas Spain 58
10 Nicklas Bendtner Denmark 54
11 Gilberto Brazil 52
12 Ashley Cole England 51
13 Pat Rice N.Ireland 49
14 Sammy Nelson N.Ireland 47
15 Emmanuel Eboue Ivory Coast 45
16= Kolo Toure Ivory Coast 44
16= Terry Neill N.Ireland 44
18 Pat Jennings N.Ireland 42
19= Robert Pires France 41
19= Sylvain Wiltord France 41
21 Dennis Bergkamp Netherlands 40
22 Emmanuel Adebayor Togo 39
Current squad caps
Player Country Caps Goals
Lukas Podolski Germany 105 44
Tomas Rosicky Czech Republic 87 20
Per Mertesacker Germany 83 2
Andrey Arshavin Russia 74 17
Marouane Chamakh Morocco 64 30
Santi Cazorla Spain 49 7
Gervinho Ivory Coast 39 9
Thomas Vermaelen Belgium 39 1
Johan Djourou Switzerland 36 1
Bacary Sagna France 32 0
Theo Walcott England 30 4
Aaron Ramsey Wales 24 5
Andre Santos Brazil 22 0
Sebastien Squillaci France 21 0
Lukasz Fabianski Poland 21 0
Abou Diaby France 16 1
Olivier Giroud France 12 2
Wojciech Szczesny Poland 11 0
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain England 8 1
Laurent Koscielny France 6 0
Jack Wilshere England 5 0
Kieran Gibbs England 2 0
Out on loan      
Ju Young Park South Korea 60 25
Nicklas Bendtner Denmark 54 21
Joel Campbell Costa Rica 17 6
Ryo Miyaichi Japan 2 0
Samuel Galindo Bolivia 2 0

In all Arsenal have had international players from 47 different countries, though not all of them represented their national team while an Arsenal player – Jehad Muntasser, for example, made his Libya debut after leaving the Club.

But looking purely at players who represented their country while with the Club, the nation with the most Arsenal internationals in history is England (61), followed by Scotland (18), Wales (18), Northern Ireland (14) and Republic of Ireland (14). Paddy Sloan is included in both the Republic and Northern Ireland stats, as he represented both nations independently.

That makes a total of 114 players who have been capped by the five home nations while with Arsenal.

Looking further afield, the 'foreign' country with the most Arsenal internationals is France - 18 current or ex-Gunners have turned out for Les Bleus. In all 87 Arsenal players have represented non-UK nations at senior international level. They are listed below.

Foreign internationals
Country Internationals Players
Argentina 1 Nelson Vivas
Australia 1 John Kosmina
Austria 1 Alex Manninger
Belarus 1 Alexander Hleb
Belgium 1 Thomas Vermaelen
Brazil 5 Silvinho, Edu, Gilberto, Julio Baptista, Andre Santos
Cameroon 2 Lauren, Alex Song
Croatia 2 Davor Suker, Eduardo
Czech Republic 2 Michal Papadopulos, Tomas Rosicky
Denmark 2 John Jensen, Nicklas Bendtner
Estonia 1 Mart Poom
France 18 Remi Garde, Patrick Vieira, Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Gael Clichy, Mathieu Flamini, Abou Diaby, William Gallas, Bacary Sagna, Lassana Diarra, Samir Nasri, Mikael Silvestre, Laurent Koscielny, Sebastien Squillaci, Olivier Giroud
Germany 3 Jens Lehmann, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski
Ghana 1 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
Greece 1 Stathis Tavlaridis
Guinea 1 Kaba Diawara
Holland 6 Gerry Keyser, Glenn Helder, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Gio van Bronckhorst, Robin van Persie
Iceland 3 Albert Gudmundsson, Siggi Jonsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason
Israel 1 Yossi Benayoun
Ivory Coast 3 Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue, Gervinho
Japan 2 Junichi Inamoto, Ryo Miyaichi
Latvia 1 Igors Stepanovs
Liberia 1 Christopher Wreh
Lybia 1 Jehad Muntasser
Lithuania 1 Tomas Danilevicius
Mexico 1 Carlos Vela
Morocco 1 Marouane Chamakh
Nigeria 1 Kanu
Norway 1 Pal Lydersen
Poland 2 Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny
Portugal 1 Luis Boa Morte
Russia 1 Andrey Arshavin
Senegal 1 Armand Traore
South Africa 1 Daniel Le Roux
South Korea 1 Ju Young Park
Spain 3 Jose Antonio Reyes, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla
Sweden 5 Anders Limpar, Stefan Schwarz, Freddie Ljungberg, Rami Shaaban, Sebastian Larsson
Switzerland 2 Philippe Senderos, Johan Djourou
Togo 1 Emmanuel Adebayor
Ukraine 1 Oleg Luzhny
USA 1 Frankie Simek
Yugoslavia 1 Vladimir Petrovic

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was among the scorers in the recent international break, and he broke a record in so doing.

He became, at 19 years and 58 days, the youngest England goalscorer in a World Cup qualifier, and the fourth youngest scorer for his country overall, behind Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Tommy Lawton.

The goal also means Oxlade-Chamberlain and dad Mark are now the only father and son combination to have scored for England.

The first father and son to both play for England were George Eastham and George Eastham Senior - the latter did so while an Arsenal player.

Given Oxlade-Chamberlain's age, he may realistically target a little-known Arsenal record – that of most goals for England while an Arsenal player. Cliff Bastin still holds this record for the 12 international goals he scored between 1933 and 1938.

Theo Walcott, who is still only 23, might also be in line to break the record - he currently has four senior England goals.

Other than Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain, the last Arsenal player to score for England was Francis Jeffers, against Australia in February 2003.

Walcott now has 30 caps, while Oxlade-Chamberlain has eight, and the two may one day join the exclusive ranks of Arsenal players to win 100 or more caps overall.

Including their whole international careers - not just their time at Arsenal - seven Gunners past and present (listed below) have brought up the ton. Ashley Cole and Kolo Toure are both two games away from joining them.

In addition, Patrick Vieira has lifted more international honours than any other player while representing Arsenal.

He won the 1998 World Cup, 2000 European Championship and 2001 Confederations Cup with France during his Gunners career. A host of others won two honours while with the Gunners.

Behind The Numbers

Most international honours (while with Arsenal)
World Cup European Championships Confederations Cup Copa America Cup of Africa Nations Olympics
Patrick Vieira 1998 2000 2001      
Thierry Henry   2000 2003      
Sylvain Wiltord     2001, 2003      
Cesc Fabregas 2010 2008        
Robert Pires     2001, 2003      
Gilberto     2005 2007    
Lauren         2002 2000

Stats correct as at October 17, 2012.

Josh James also provides the stats for the Arsenal Analysis pages of the matchday programme.

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17 Oct 2012