The 100 Club aims to formally recognise some of the Club's greatest former players.
Seventy-four retired players with more than 100 league appearances have enrolled in The 100 Club, which was launched by Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick and 1971 Double-winning goalkeeper Bob Wilson.
Following the conclusion of the 2015/16 season we are delighted to welcome our newest member Mikel Arteta, who has retired from playing to pursue a career in coaching.
He made 110 league appearances for the Arsenal over five seasons. He follows Manuel Almunia, Thierry Henry and Gilberto Silva as the most recent players to join this prestigious club.
An official launch event was held in November 2013 with a host of former Arsenal legends in attendance including two goalkeepers - Jimmy Rimmer and John Lukic - defenders Billy McCullough, Lauren and club appearance record holder David O’Leary.
Former midfielders included Michael Thomas, whose goal sealed the 1989 league triumph at Liverpool, Invincibles star Robert Pires and Alan Skirton. Also enjoying the celebrations were forwards Tony Woodcock, John Radford and Alan Smith.
At 78, Billy ‘Flint’ McCullough was the oldest player in attendance. George Eastham, 80 who amassed 207 league appearances for Arsenal between 1960-1966, is the oldest member of The 100 Club.
In their time with Arsenal, The 100 Club members contributed to the Club’s 31 major trophies. Their combined appearances total 16,474 over 62 seasons.
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “It is a pleasure to welcome such an esteemed group of former players to The 100 Club. The faces in attendance bring back so many happy memories for everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club.
“It is only right that as we continue to evolve and aim for new honours and success, we remember those former players that helped make Arsenal what it is today. I look forward to seeing members of The 100 Club at future matches.”
Led by a committee of Bob Wilson, Pat Rice and Frank McLintock, The 100 Club will provide its members with an ongoing official forum to engage with Arsenal, and regular opportunities to attend matches at Emirates Stadium and official Club events.
In addition, an executive box is being made available to The 100 Club for regular use by members.
Bob Wilson, former Arsenal goalkeeper and The 100 Club committee member said: “The Club was very receptive when Pat Rice, Frank McLintock and I started to talk through how such a large group of ex-players could still feel engaged and part of The Arsenal in its present day existence, and we are beyond delighted to be here today at the launch of this very special club.
“Arsenal is a club steeped in history, tradition and class, and I know that every member of The 100 Club is delighted to have a continued official connection. We’re one big family and are very much looking forward to seeing the familiar faces at Emirates Stadium on a matchday and at future events.”
All members of The 100 Club have received specially-designed red and white ties. In the future all players with 100 Arsenal league appearances to their names will automatically be enrolled in to The 100 Club when they finish their playing careers, and will be presented with the official tie.
Current members of The 100 Club are as follows:
|Player||Career||Total Arsenal Apps|
A further 26 players will become members of The 100 Club when they finish their careers.
|Player||Career||Total Arsenal Apps*|
|Robin van Persie||2004-2012||194|
* Appearances correct at end of 2016/17 season
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