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:

Men

 
Player Career Total Arsenal Apps

John Barnwell

1957-1964  151
Jonny MacLeod 1961-1964  112
Jimmy Magill 1959-1965  131
Billy McCullough 1958-1966  268
Alan Skirton 1960-1966  154
George Eastham 1960-1966  223
Jim Furnell 1963-1968  167
Ian Ure 1963-1969  202
Terry Neill 1960-1970  275
David Court 1962-1970  204
Jon Sammels 1963-1971  270
George Graham 1966-1972  308
Frank McLintock 1964-1973  403
Bob Wilson 1963-1974  309
Ray Kennedy 1969-1974  213
Bob McNab 1966-1975  366
Charlie George 1969-1975  179
Eddie Kelly 1969-1975  222
John Radford 1964-1976  482
Peter Storey 1965-1977  501
Jimmy Rimmer 1974-1977  146
Peter Simpson 1964-1978  478
Pat Rice 1967-1980  528
Liam Brady 1973-1980  307
Sammy Nelson 1969-1981  339
David Price 1973-1981  177
Willie Young 1977-1981  237
Frank Stapleton 1975-1981  300
Alan Sunderland 1977-1983  281
John Hollins 1979-1983  173
Pat Jennings 1977-1984  327
Brian Talbot 1979-1985  327
Stewart Robson 1981-1986  186
Tony Woodcock 1982-1986  169
Charlie Nicholas 1983-1987  184
Viv Anderson 1984-1987  150
Kenny Sansom 1980-1988  394
Graham Rix 1977-1988  464
John Lukic 1984-1990  298
Martin Hayes 1985-1990  132
Michael Thomas 1987-1991  208
Perry Groves 1986-1992  203
David O'Leary 1975-1993  722
Paul Davis 1980-1994  447
Alan Smith 1987-1995  347
Kevin Campbell 1988-1995  228
Andy Linighan 1990-1996  156
David Hillier 1990-1996  143
Paul Merson 1986-1997  425
Ian Wright 1991-1998  288
Steve Bould 1988-1999  372
Nigel Winterburn 1987-2000  584
Marc Overmars 1997-2000  142
Tony Adams 1983-2002  669
Gilles Grimandi 1997-2002  170
Lee Dixon 1988-2002  619
David Seaman 1990-2003  564
Sylvain Wiltord 2000-2004  175
Nwankwo Kanu 1999-2004  198
Ray Parlour 1992-2004  466
Martin Keown 1993-2004  449
Patrick Vieira 1996-2005  406
Robert Pires 2000-2006  284
Lauren 2000-2006  241
Dennis Bergkamp 1995-2006  423
Sol Campbell 2001-2006  211
Freddie Ljungberg 1998-2007  328
Gilberto 2002-2008  244
Kolo Toure 2002-2009 326
William Gallas 2006-2010  142
Jens Lehmann 2003-2011  200
Thierry Henry 1999-2012  377
Manuel Almunia 2004-2012  175
Andrey Arshavin 2009-2013 144
Mikel Arteta 2011-2016  150
Tomas Rosicky 2006-2016 246
Per Mertesacker 2011-2018 221

 

STILL PLAYING

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

 
Player Career Total Arsenal Apps*
Ashley Cole 1999-2006  228
Emmanuel Adebayor 2006-2009  142
Cesc Fabregas 2003-2011  303
Gael Clichy 2003-2011  264
Emmanuel Eboue 2005-2011  214
Robin van Persie 2004-2012  278
Alex Song 2005-2012  204
Nicklas Bendtner 2005-2013  171
Thomas Vermaelen 2009-2014  150
Bacary Sagna 2007-2014  284
Abou Diaby 2006-2015  180
Mathieu Flamini 2004-2016  246
Aaron Ramsey 2008-  329
Santi Cazorla 2012-2018 180
Laurent Koscielny 2010-  324
Olivier Giroud 2012-2018 253
Kieran Gibbs 2007-2017  230
Wojciech Szczesny 2009-2017  181
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 2011-2017  198
Jack Wilshere 2008-2018 197
Nacho Monreal 2013- 

212

Mesut Ozil 2013-  196
Francis Coquelin 2008-2018 160
Alexis 2014-2018 166
Hector Bellerin 2014- 162

* Appearances correct at start of 2018/19 season