History

The Arsenal 100 Club

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:

The 100 Club
Player Career Total Arsenal Apps

John Barnwell

1957-1964  138 
Jonny MacLeod 1961-1964  101 
Jimmy Magill 1959-1965  116 
Billy McCullough 1958-1966  253 
Alan Skirton 1960-1966  145 
George Eastham 1960-1966  207 
Jim Furnell 1963-1968  141
Ian Ure 1963-1969  168
Terry Neill 1960-1970  241 
David Court 1962-1970  175 
Jon Sammels 1963-1971  215 
George Graham 1966-1972  227 
Frank McLintock 1964-1973  314 
Bob Wilson 1963-1974  234
Ray Kennedy 1969-1974  158 
Bob McNab 1966-1975  278 
Charlie George 1969-1975  133 
Eddie Kelly 1969-1975  175 
John Radford 1964-1976  379 
Peter Storey 1965-1977  391 
Jimmy Rimmer 1974-1977  124 
Peter Simpson 1964-1978  370 
Pat Rice 1967-1980  397 
Liam Brady 1973-1980  235 
Sammy Nelson 1969-1981  255 
David Price 1973-1981  126 
Willie Young 1977-1981  170 
Frank Stapleton 1975-1981  225 
Alan Sunderland 1977-1983  206 
John Hollins 1979-1983  127 
Pat Jennings 1977-1984  237 
Brian Talbot 1979-1985  254 
Stewart Robson 1981-1986  151 
Tony Woodcock 1982-1986  131 
Charlie Nicholas 1983-1987  151 
Viv Anderson 1984-1987  120 
Kenny Sansom 1980-1988  314 
Graham Rix 1977-1988  351 
John Lukic 1984-1990  241 
Martin Hayes 1985-1990  102 
Michael Thomas 1987-1991  163 
Perry Groves 1986-1992  156
David O'Leary 1975-1993  558 
Paul Davis 1980-1994  351 
Alan Smith 1987-1995  264 
Kevin Campbell 1988-1995  166 
Andy Linighan 1990-1996  118 
David Hillier 1990-1996  104 
Paul Merson 1986-1997  327
Ian Wright 1991-1998  221 
Steve Bould 1988-1999  287 
Nigel Winterburn 1987-2000  440 
Marc Overmars 1997-2000  100 
Tony Adams 1983-2002  504 
Gilles Grimandi 1997-2002  114 
Lee Dixon 1988-2002  458
David Seaman 1990-2003  405 
Sylvain Wiltord 2000-2004  106 
Nwankwo Kanu 1999-2004  119 
Ray Parlour 1992-2004  333 
Martin Keown 1993-2004  332 
Patrick Vieira 1996-2005  279 
Robert Pires 2000-2006  189 
Lauren 2000-2006  159 
Dennis Bergkamp 1995-2006  315 
Sol Campbell 2001-2006  146 
Freddie Ljungberg 1998-2007  216 
Gilberto 2002-2008  170 
William Gallas 2006-2010  101 
Jens Lehmann 2003-2011  148 
Thierry Henry 1999-2012  258 
Manuel Almunia 2004-2012  109 
Mikel Arteta 2011-2016  110 
Kolo Toure 2002-2009 225
Tomas Rosicky 2006-2016 170

A further 26 players will become members of The 100 Club when they finish their careers.

The 100 Club (still playing)
Player Career Total Arsenal Apps*
Ashley Cole 1999-2006  156 
Emmanuel Adebayor 2006-2009  104 
Cesc Fabregas 2003-2011  212 
Gael Clichy 2003-2011  187 
Emmanuel Eboue 2005-2011  132 
Robin van Persie 2004-2012  194 
Alex Song 2005-2012  143 
Nicklas Bendtner 2005-2013  108 
Andrey Arshavin 2009-2013  105 
Thomas Vermaelen 2009-2014  110 
Bacary Sagna 2007-2014  213 
Abou Diaby 2006-2015  125 
Mathieu Flamini 2004-2016  168 
Aaron Ramsey 2008-  297 
Santi Cazorla 2012-  180 
Per Mertesacker 2011-  210 
Laurent Koscielny 2010-  291 
Olivier Giroud 2012-2018 227 
Kieran Gibbs 2007-2017  230 
Wojciech Szczesny 2009-2017  181 
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 2011-2017  194 
Jack Wilshere 2008-  159 
Nacho Monreal 2013- 

174 

Mesut Ozil 2013-  162 
Francis Coquelin 2008-2018 148
Alexis 2014-2018 145
Hector Bellerin 2014- 114

* Appearances correct at end of 2016/17 season