Arsenal
2020–21
Arsenal FC 3D logo.png
Club information
Manager Flag of Spain Mikel Arteta
Stadium Emirates Stadium
League Season information
Final League position Premier League 8th
Highest position 1st
lowest position 15th
Points 62
Goals for 55
Goals against 39
Goals difference +16
Cup placements
FA Cup Fourth Round
Lost to Southampton
EFL Cup Quarter-finals
Lost to Man City
Community Shield Winners
UEFA Europa League Semi-finals
Lost to Villarreal
Season statistics
Top goalscorer League: Alexandre Lacazette (13)
All: Alexandre Lacazette (17)
Arsenal 2020-21 home.png Arsenal 2020-21 away.png Arsenal 2020-21 third.png
Previous season
Next season
 ← 2019–20
2021–22 → 

The 2020–21 season was Arsenal's 29th season in the Premier League, their 101st consecutive season in the top flight of English football, and their 104th season in the top flight overall. In addition to the domestic league, Arsenal participated in the FA Cup and participated in the EFL Cup. They also qualified for the UEFA Europa League for the fourth consecutive year. Arsenal kicked off the season by defeating league champions Liverpool in the FA Community Shield.

Review

Background

Arsenal's 2020–21 campaign came of the end of a successful FA Cup run in 2019–20, but defensive frailties and a lack of creativity led to a disappointing eighth-place finish in the league, the club's lowest for a quarter of a century. But increasing promise under new coach and former cup-winning captain Mikel Arteta led to increased optimism for the season ahead. The season had been defined by a three-month lull between March and June, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, it was head coach Arteta's positive test which led to the season's pause, and when it returned, it was behind closed doors. The upcoming season was expected to continue in this manner. The fixtures were released on the 20th of August, with Arsenal to kick of the new season away at Fulham on the 12th of September. Soon after the club announced plans to allow fans back into the Emirates Stadium in time for their home encounter with Sheffield United on the 3rd of October.

August

Pre-season

The clubs first major transfer of the season came on the 14th of August, with former Chelsea winger Willian signing a three-year contract. He had previously featured 339 times for the Blues over a spell of seven years, scoring 63 goals and winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a Football League Cup and one UEFA Europa League.

Following the departure of assistant coach and former interim manager Freddie Ljungberg, Arsenal permanently signed January loanees Cédric Soares and Pablo Marí, with the latter arriving for a fee of seven million pounds. Two days later, following the players' return from a two-week break, Arsenal played their one and only pre-season friendly, at the Stadium MK against third-division Milton Keynes Dons. Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe, Daniel Ballard, Tyreece John-Jules, James Olayinka and William Saliba were all making their first appearances back from a loan spell elsewhere; Saliba, along with a host of other youth-teamers, made his debut for the club. Arsenal took an early lead after Elneny took advantage of a poor clearance from goalkeeper Lee Nicholls with a long-range effort. A flowing team move ending with Bukayo Saka setting up Nketiah for a finish made it 2–0, before Rob Holding's spectacular own goal halved the deficit; however a thunderous header from youth-teamer Mark McGuiness made it 3–1 late on before Reiss Nelson won and scored a penalty as the match ended 4–1 in Arsenal's favour.

Community Shield

Arsenal kicked off their season with participation in the FA Community Shield for the 24th time in their history, against last years runaway Premier League champions Liverpool. Liverpool initially dominated the contest, but in the 12th minute, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang received the ball from youngster Bukayo Saka and then cut away from young Liverpool right-back Neco Williams, before bending a terrific shot into the bottom left-hand corner. However, Liverpool grew back into the game and equalised late on through Japanese Takumi Minamino. The match ended 1–1 and duly went straight to penalties. Liverpool`s Rhian Brewster was the only man to miss as Arsenal clinched their 16th Community Shield all-time, with captain and goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converting the winning penalty.

September

Arsenal's first major action of September was the £23 million signing of Lille centre-back Gabriel, with whom they had been linked for weeks. Gabriel signed after a promising 2019–20 season with the French club, his third total but his first at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy; he had spent the previous two seasons on loan at Avai and Dinamo Zagreb. Less than a week later, the club announced they had re-signed influential central midfielder Dani Ceballos on a second successive loan spell from Real Madrid. Ceballos had made 37 appearances in 2019–20, scoring twice, contributing two assists and providing a strong influence from a deep-lying position.

The Gunners began their Premier League campaign away at Craven Cottage against newly promoted Fulham. Both Brazilians, Willian and Gabriel, made their debuts in a comfortable 3–0 win; Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a left-footed shot after a spill by Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodák. Willian hit the post with a free-kick soon afterwards before delivering an excellent corner four minutes into the second half for Gabriel to nod in for a debut goal, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up the three points with a fantastic strike into the corner to finish of a fine team move, with Willian getting another assist after a fine switched ball.

On 16 September, captain Aubameyang signed a new three-year contract with the clubs, with reports suggesting his salary was now "in the region of £250,000" a week.

Three days later, the club played their first home match of the season against West Ham United, whom they had last played in their final game before lockdown. The Gunners took a first-half lead after Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette powerfully headed in Aubameyang`s chipped cross-his 50th goal in all competitions for the club-before West Ham levelled through Michail Antonio on the stroke of half-time, after a devastating counter-attack. They dominated the second period, hitting the bar through Antonio and wasting numerous goalscoring opportunities before Arsenal clinched all three points with five minutes to go, Spaniard Dani Ceballos squaring for Eddie Nketiah on his second home debut to tap in the winner.

Arsenal opened their League Cup campaign away at current league leaders Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Arsenal had not lost a third-round tie since a 1–2 reverse at home to Southampton in the 2014–15 edition of the competition at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners comfortably won the tie 2–0; a Christian Fuchs own goal in the 57th minute was followed by a 90th-minute second from Eddie Nketiah to seal the win and a second successive fourth-round tie away to Liverpool.

Following the Leicester win, Arsenal faced back-to-back games against league champions Liverpool at Anfield in the space of four days. First, a Premier League encounter with the Reds ended in a 3–1 defeat, the Gunners’ first of the season; Alexander Lacazette opened the scoring for the third successive league match after an error by Andrew Robertson, but Liverpool quickly responded with a Sadio Mané goal before Robertson atoned for his error by flicking the ball past Bernd Leno to give Liverpool the lead. Lacazette failed to convert a one-on-one with Alisson midway through the second half, and substitute and debutant Diogo Jota got on the scoresheet with two minutes remaining, sealing a Liverpool victory.

October

Arsenal quickly avenged their league defeat by narrowly progressing past Liverpool in the third round of the League Cup at Anfield. Two much-changed sides were deadlocked for much of the contest, with both goalkeepers, notably Arsenal’s man-of-the-match Leno producing a number of terrific stops. The game eventually finished goalless and went to penalties; everybody but Mohamed Elneny and Divock Origi scored, meaning sudden death; after Harry Wilson saw his spot kick saved by Leno, Joe Willock scuffed a shot through the legs of Liverpool goalkeeper Adrián to win the tie for Arsenal 5–4 on penalties. The Gunners progressed to the quarter-finals where they would face seven-time winners and holders for the third successive season Manchester City.

A day later, the draw for the Europa League group stage was made; Arsenal were landed in Group B alongside Norwegian outfit Molde, Austria's Rapid Wien and Irish champions Dundalk.

Arsenal headed into the international break on the back of yet another win at the Emirates, this time against pointless and goalless Sheffield United; two goals in the space of 190 seconds, first a header from Bukayo Saka and then an accurate finish from substitute Nicolas Pépé just after the hour mark effectively sealed the win, despite Sheffield United getting a late goal back after a fine long-range effort from David McGoldrick, 2-1 in the end.

On transfer deadline day, 5 October, Arsenal signed Atlético Madrid's Ghanaian central midfielder Thomas Partey, having paid his £45 million release clause. Two loan departures from the club also occurred: Lucas Torreira went the opposite direction to the Spanish club while Mattéo Guendouzi moved to German club Hertha Berlin. The club announced 55 redundancies related to COVID-19 financial stress, including their mascot, Gunnersaurus. A fundraiser had been set up for Jerry Quy, who had played Gunnersaurus for 27 years,

The Gunners returned from the international break with a disappointing 1–0 defeat at Manchester City. They fell behind early to Raheem Sterling’s well-taken finish, and failed to really threaten City, despite forcing Ederson into several smart saves and having a penalty waved away for an apparent high foot by Kyle Walker.

On October 20, Arsenal submitted their 25 man squad for the Premier League which excluded Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Özil. This sparked a social media battle between Özil and the club, with the former claiming "loyalty is hard to come by". It is to be believed that Özil will no play for the club again in a competitive match.

The club then played their first-ever came against Austrian side Rapid Wien. Arsenal had so far failed to win a competitive tie in Austria after previous attempts against Sturm Graz in the second round of the 1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and against Austria Wien in the first round of the 1991–92 European Cup. They struggled to break down the hosts, and fell behind early in the second half to Taxiarchis Fountas’s strike, after Bernd Leno’s error. However the Gunners, led by debutant and man of the match Thomas Partey, turned the game around, equalising through David Luiz before winning through substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal sixteen minutes from time.

This victory, however, was quickly followed by a bitterly disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City in the sixth matchweek of the 2020-21 Premier League. The Gunners were controversially denied an opener with Alexandre Lacazette’s fourth-minute header, as VAR (Video Assistant Referee) adjudged Granit Xhaka to have been offside in the build-up to the goal, despite not having clearly interfered with the play. Despite this setback, Arsenal went on to have a strong first half, but faded away in the second half, with only Hector Bellerin’s fierce volley on 68 minutes seriously testing the Leicester back line. The Foxes snatched three points and the win late on, with Youri Tielemans’s simple ball over the top finding substitute Cengiz Under, who volleyed across to find fellow sub Jamie Vardy, who grabbed the winner by heading in his eleventh goal against the Gunners in all competitions.

A number of fringe players, including debuting goalkeeper Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, played as the Gunners continued their perfect 2020-21 UEFA Europa League start by cruising past Irish side Dundalk 3–0. In their first-ever game against Irish opposition, they struggled to break down the visitors, until a misjudgement by 39-year old goalkeeper Gary Rogers just before half-time gifted Eddie Nketiah his tenth goal for Arsenal in all competitions. Joe Willock fired in a second minutes later, before Nicolas Pépé bent a terrific right-footed shot into the top corner for his tenth goal for Arsenal in all competitions as well. Late in the second half, Folarin Balogun made his debut as a substitute as the match ended in a comfortable victory.

November

On 1 November, Arsenal headed away to Old Trafford to take on traditional rivals Manchester United. In the first half, neither team was able to score, although after a couple half-chances Willian and Bukayo Saka came the closest to scoring; the former hit the crossbar in the 39th minute, and the latter headed unchallenged over the bar just before halftime. In the 68th minute, Paul Pogba clipped the ankle of Héctor Bellerín as the Spaniard tried to collect a pass from Willian just inside the box, and referee Mike Dean awarded the penalty. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang successfully converted the penalty for his second Premier League goal of the season and his first since the season opener at Fulham by slotting the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal as David de Gea dived in the other direction. The Gunners were able to successfully defend their narrow lead and earn their first away win against another "Big Six" team in almost five years; the last such victory came at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City on 18 January 2015, which Arsenal won 2–0. The victory was also Arsenal's first away win against Manchester United since 17 September 2006, which was also a 1–0 affair.

The Gunners followed up the Old Trafford match with a first ever competitive meeting with Molde FK at the Emirates Stadium, securing a third consecutive win in all competitions via a 4–1 scoreline. They were, however, made to work for it, as they fell behind to Martin Ellingsen’s well-taken strike halfway through the first half. Two Molde own goals from Kristoffer Haugen before half time and substitute Sheriff Sinyan just after the hour mark put Arsenal into the lead, before two well-taken late goals from Nicolas Pépé and Joe Willock padded the Gunners' lead.

The month ended with the FA Cup third-round draw, in which the holders Arsenal would start their title defence at home to Newcastle United.

The run of good form was ended when the Gunners lost at home to Aston Villa 3–0, marking the fourth time in the past five seasons that Arsenal had been beaten by three or more goals at the Emirates Stadium. Villa took the lead when a well-worked move involving Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley and Trezeguet ended with the lattermost’s cross being turned in for an own goal by Bukayo Saka. Another great move ended with Barkley volleying the ball across the goal to Ollie Watkins, who had scored a hat-trick in the Villans' 7–2 win over defending champions Liverpool the previous month, to head in. A swift counterattack three minutes later ended in Watkins’ second and Villa’s third to seal the result of the game.

Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac both tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty for Egyptian Football Association and Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Association respectively, and a thigh injury to Thomas Partey against Villa left the Gunners weakened upon their trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United. The first half was dull and goalless, but early in the second half, a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski earned Nicolas Pépé a red card. From there, Leeds dominated, forcing Bernd Leno into several saves despite wasting numerous chances, including hitting the woodwork three times. However, Arsenal managed to hold on for a 0–0 draw.

The Gunners then made the trip to Norway to take on Molde again in the Europa League group stage. Once more, they started uncertainly, with Sheriff Sinyan, scorer of the second own goal in the first match between the two sides, missing an open goal in an attempt to redeem himself. At half time, it was 0-0, but once again the Gunners came back with three second half goals. After Nicolas Pépé hit the crossbar with a fine curling effort on 48 minutes, the Ivorian atoned for his red card at Elland Road by firing in Joe Willock's overhit cross, before an Eddie Nketiah goal was ruled out for offside. A fine, flowing team move ended with Reiss Nelson tapping in fellow academy graduate Willock`s low cross for the second goal five minutes later. Late in the second half, Folarin Balogun, on just his second senior appearance, scored within 30 seconds of coming as a substitute. He received the ball from fellow substitute and academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe and swivelled before beating goalkeeper Andreas Linde from close range to wrap up a comfortable 3-0 win and book their places in the knockout stages with two games to go.

The side then returned to Premier League action in a crucial home encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers. As David Luiz and Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez battled for a cross from Willian in the fifth minute, a clash of heads between the two resulted in a stoppage of play. Jiménez suffered a serious head injury that forced him to be stretchered off, while Luiz received on-field treatment and had to be bandaged for a head wound; the latter was eventually taken off at half time out of caution. Wolves nonetheless took the lead through Pedro Neto on 27 minutes after Leander Dendoncker's header rebounded off the crossbar. However, just three minutes later, a short, well-worked corner saw Willian find the head of fellow Brazilian Gabriel to power home. It was the Gunners' first goal in open play in the Premier League since 4 October against Sheffield United, but despite having several other great chances, they fell to a third home league defeat in a row after Daniel Podence smartly finished before the break.

December

The Christmas period began with the return of fans to the Emirates Stadium for the first time in nine months as Arsenal took on Rapid Wien in the fifth Europa League group stage game. A stunning long-range goal from Alexandre Lacazette gave the Gunners an early lead, which they added to with Pablo Marí's first goal for the club in just his fourth appearance, after a long-term ankle injury sustained in June. A fine passing move just before half-time culminated in Eddie Nketiah being denied from close-range by goalkeeper Richard Strebinger before heading in the rebound. Just after half-time, striker Koya Kitagawa pulled one back for the visitors before substitute Emile Smith Rowe capped off a dominant display with his first goal of the season on just his second appearance (both as a substitute) to cap off a 4–1 victory for Arsenal.

Once again, Arsenal failed to take their terrific European form into their domestic games. This time, Mikel Arteta's side fell to another disappointing defeat, their fifth in seven league games, in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham capitalized on individual defensive errors with first-half goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane on counter attacks to condemn the Gunners to a 2–0 defeat. Arsenal failed to be clinical having numerous half-chances as the side registered just two shots on target to Spurs' three. Spurs went top of the league after the win, while Arsenal slumped to 15th.

Arsenal recovered by completing a perfect European group stage for the first time in the club's history when they beat Dundalk 4–2 in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as their first-ever club game in the Republic of Ireland ended in a success. Eddie Nketiah scored his fifth goal of the season, Mohamed Elneny got his first goal in nearly three years, Joe Willock scored his third of the campaign, and Folarin Balogun contributed with a goal and an assist after coming on as a substitute.

Against Burnley on 13 December at home, a red card for Granit Xhaka and an own goal by club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a win for the visitors.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended his five-game goal drought with a second-half equaliser in a 1–1 home draw with Southampton, cancelling out former Arsenal player Theo Walcott's goal on his Emirates Stadium homecoming. There were more disciplinary problems as Gabriel was sent off for two yellow cards in a span of four minutes.

Aubameyang picked up a calf injury which kept him out of the starting lineup of the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Goodison Park against Everton. A Rob Holding own goal and a Yerry Mina header on either side of Nicolas Pépé's converted penalty before half-time gave the Toffees the win, with David Luiz coming closest for Arsenal in the second half when he hit the post with a well-struck half-volley.

This was followed by a bitterly disappointing performance against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in the League Cup quarter-finals. Gabriel Jesus scored for City inside two minutes and although Alexandre Lacazette equalised against the run of play, second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte gave City a comfortable 4-1 win, as Arsenal's League Cup run came to an end in the quarter-finals for the second time in three years.

However, this was followed by a spectacular win over Chelsea at home in the Premier League, Arsenal's first in nearly two months. Aubameyang was still struggling with a calf injury as Mikel Arteta reshuffled his side, giving starts to youngsters Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe, with Pablo Marí making his first league appearance and start of the season and Granit Xhaka returning from his suspension. In the thirty-third minute, the Swiss midfielder found Kieran Tierney with a floated pass to the left side of the field. Tierney cut inside past Chelsea right back Reece James, who clipped the Scotsman's ankles inside the box. Referee Michael Oliver immediately awarded the penalty, which Alexandre Lacazette converted past Édouard Mendy. Before halftime, Xhaka scored a spectacular free kick to increase Arsenal's lead. In the second half, Arsenal continued to add to their lead. After receiving a pass from Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka seemed to attempt a cross to the far post, but his errant pass managed to chip Mendy and find the top corner. Arsenal nearly managed to add a fourth when a Saka corner in the eighty-fourth minute fell to Mohamed Elneny on the edge of the box, but the Egyptian's half-volley rattled off the crossbar. Less than two minutes later, a cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi was chested in by Tammy Abraham, which, after VAR ruled it to be correctly onside, made the score 3–1. In stoppage time, Pablo Marí conceded a late penalty when he clipped Mason Mount in the box, giving Chelsea the opportunity to halve the deficit. However, Jorginho, a second-half substitute, had his spot kick saved by Bernd Leno to cap off a 3–1 victory for the Gunners.

A hard-fought 1–0 win away to Brighton at the Amex Stadium saw Arsenal rise to thirteenth after spending the previous five matchweeks at fifteenth place. After a run by Bukayo Saka down the left in the sixty-sixth minute, the youngster found Alexandre Lacazette, who scored just 29 seconds after coming on in the 66th minute. Despite Saka limping off later with an injury, the three points ensured Arsenal ended 2020 on a high.

January

Arsenal hoped to win their third straight league game in a row and started off 2021 away to West Brom at The Hawthorns, who had conceded thirteen goals in their previous three league games. A snowstorm before and during the game made for less-than-ideal conditions, but Arsenal were on the front foot from the start, and a cross from Bukayo Saka to the back post proved to be just too far for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the fifteenth minute. Arsenal opened the scoring in the twenty-third minute when Kieran Tierney ran in from the left past Darnell Furlong and curled in a shot past Sam Johnstone. Five minutes later, Alexandre Lacazette passed out to Emile Smith Rowe on the right side of the box, who found the onrushing Saka, who in turn tapped in Arsenal's second goal of the game. In the closing minutes of the first half, Héctor Bellerín received a yellow card for a late tackle on Conor Gallagher; this was the Spaniard's sixth yellow card of the season and a league-leading mark at the time. The score stayed 2–0 at halftime. Two minutes into the second half, West Brom came the closest they were to scoring all game when winger Matheus Pereira's shot across goal hit the far post and Callum Robinson put in the rebound from just outside of the box for West Brom, but the goal was ruled out due to Pereira being offside. An early second-half substitution saw Ainsley Maitland-Niles replace Bellerín at right back, so as to avoid the danger of the Spaniard receiving a second yellow and a subsequent red card and suspension. In the sixtieth minute, Arsenal continued to pad their lead. A cross from Saka from the right was nearly put in by West Brom defender Semi Ajayi, who hit the post. The rebound fell to Smith Rowe, whose shot was parried away by Johnstone but fell to Lacazette, who slotted in the third Gunners goal of the game. This also marked the third straight game in which Lacazette has scored. The French striker added a fourth goal and his second of the game minutes later after connecting with a Tierney cross a few yards in front of the goal. The score remained the same and the game finished 4–0. Along with the Gunners' third win in a row, this was the second consecutive clean sheet for Bernd Leno and the first time all season that Leno has had consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League. With the win, Arsenal moved up to eleventh and their goal difference became positive for the first time since early November.

Arsenal began their FA Cup defense in the third round against fellow Premier League side Newcastle United at home on 9 January. At halftime, the score was 0–0, as neither side was able to break the deadlock, though Arsenal had more of the chances. In the second half, Joe Willock's header in the sixty-fifth minute and Newcastle striker Andy Carroll's strike in second half stoppage time, both of which forced close-range saves out of Martin Dúbravka and Bernd Leno, respectively, represented each team's best opportunity to score. In the final moments of the second half, referee Chris Kavanagh sent off Emile Smith Rowe with a straight red card for a foul on Sean Longstaff, but after VAR review, the red card was downgraded to a yellow. In the first half of extra time, despite Arsenal continuing to dominate the chances, they were unable to score; Granit Xhaka's volley from outside the box was tipped over the crossbar by Dúbravka, while a potential penalty was dismissed by Kavanagh and VAR when Matt Ritchie tripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the latter attempted to dribble past the former into the box. Smith Rowe was able to redeem himself early in the second half of extra time as he chested down a pass from Alexandre Lacazette before firing a shot from a tight angle across the goal and off the near post to put Arsenal ahead. A few minutes later, Aubameyang sealed the win for the Gunners when he tapped in a low cross from Kieran Tierney. With the 2–0 win, Arsenal advanced to the fourth round.

The Gunners returned to Premier League action on 14 January at home against Crystal Palace, hoping to make it five wins in a row in all competitions. However, neither team was able to find the back of the net, and the game finished 0–0. The Eagles landed nine shots on target in the first half, which was the most that Arsenal had given up the first half in a home Premier League game all season. All game, the visitors had more of the higher quality chances. James Tomkins' header from an Eberechi Eze free kick in the thirty-ninth minute hit the crossbar, while Christian Benteke's header from a Tyrick Mitchell cross minutes later was parried wide by Bernd Leno. On the other hand, Arsenal struggled to seriously trouble Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, and arguably their best performer was Granit Xhaka, who put in key tackles to stop Wilfried Zaha on several counterattacks. One silver lining that Arsenal could take away from the goalless draw was that they kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet and their third straight in league competition.

For the second time in nine days, Arsenal welcomed Newcastle United to the Emirates Stadium, this time in league competition. Like in the previous encounter, neither team was able to score in the first half, despite a near miss in the fifteenth minute when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post from a tight angle. However, this time, Arsenal managed to secure the victory in regulation time. In the fiftieth minute, Thomas Partey, who made his first Premier League start since early December, hit a long pass out to Aubameyang out on the left, who in turn took on and ran past Newcastle right-back Emil Krafth before hitting a left-footed strike past Karl Darlow. Ten minutes later, another attack down the left-hand side of the field resulted in a second goal when Bukayo Saka struck home Emile Smith Rowe's low cross. Arsenal continued to utilize their good wing play, this time from the right side of the field. Saka found the overlapping right-back Cédric, who ran along the goal line before flashing a pass across goal that found Aubameyang for the latter's second goal of the game. The 3–0 win saw Arsenal extend their unbeaten streak in league competition.

Southampton's win over Shrewsbury Town in the third round of the FA Cup meant that Arsenal would face the Saints in consecutive away games at St Mary's Stadium within a four-day span. The first of these meetings was a fourth round FA Cup match on 23 January. An own goal from Gabriel, who deflected a shot by Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters past Bernd Leno, proved to be the difference, handing the Saints a 1–0 win and ending the Gunners' six-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. Che Adams and James Ward-Prowse also came close to scoring for Southampton, while a potential penalty call from Shane Long was dismissed by referee Peter Bankes. On the other hand, Eddie Nketiah's deflected shot in the second half was Arsenal's best chance of scoring the whole game, and Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster was seldom called into action. With the loss, Arsenal, the cup holders, were knocked out of the competition, while Southampton advanced to the fifth round to face Wolverhampton Wanderers. Notably, this was the first time in five attempts that Southampton defeated Arsenal in the FA Cup. For manager Mikel Arteta, this was his first loss in fifteen FA Cup games as either a player or a manager since he played in a fifth round loss to Blackburn Rovers in the 2012–13 FA Cup.

In the second of these meetings, this time a Premier League match on 26 January, both teams got on the board early. In the third minute, a corner from James Ward-Prowse found Stuart Armstrong on the edge of the box, and the Scotsman powered a half-volley past Bernd Leno. However, Arsenal was able to capitalize on the absences of both of the Saints' usual starting full-backs, those being left-back Ryan Bertrand (serving a one-match ban due to yellow card accumulation) and right-back Kyle Walker-Peters (out due to a quadriceps injury). A few minutes after the Saints' opening goal, Granit Xhaka cut a pass between Saints defenders Yan Valery and Jan Bednarek to find Nicolas Pépé, who held off Valery and fired past Alex McCarthy to the far post to level the score. In the thirty-ninth minute, Alexandre Lacazette played a pass to Bukayo Saka, who managed to get past Jake Vokins. McCarthy rushed outside of his penalty box to confront Saka before pulling back to avoid committing a foul, but the Southampton goalkeeper's mistake allowed Saka to easily get around him and tap in a second goal for the Gunners. In the second half, Arsenal sought to extend their lead and close out the game. A high floating pass from Cédric found Saka across the field in the seventy-second minute, and this time, Saka turned provider for Lacazette. A first time low cross from Saka found the French striker, who ran between and past Southampton center-backs Bednarek and Jack Stephens to tap in Arsenal's third goal. Despite a threatening free kick from Ward-Prowse late in the game that forced Leno to parry it away, Arsenal hung on for the 3–1 win, which saw Arsenal return to the top ten for the first time all season since Matchday 7 at the beginning of November.

Arsenal finished off the month by welcoming rivals Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium on 30 January. Both teams were evenly matched and had several opportunities each to score. In the twentieth minute, a corner from Luke Shaw that was headed away by Rob Holding fell to Fred just outside the box. The Brazilian midfielder managed to get the ball out from underneath himself and scooped it towards the top corner, forcing a fingertip save from Bernd Leno. Shortly before the hour mark, a sequence of passes by Manchester United in and around the box ended up with Shaw laying off a pass to Edinson Cavani, but under heavy pressure from Cédric, the Uruguayan striker flashed the shot wide from six yards out. In the sixty-fifth minute, Alexandre Lacazette hit the crossbar with a free kick from the edge of the box. Less than a minute later, with Arsenal still on the attack, Cédric hit a looping cross into the box that met the head of Victor Lindelöf and fell to an unmarked Emile Smith Rowe, whose low shot towards the bottom corner forced de Gea to get down quickly and parry it away. A late substitution saw Norwegian attacking midfielder Martin Ødegaard, who had just signed on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season, make his debut for the Gunners, coming on in place of Smith Rowe. In the eighty-ninth minute, Manchester United had the chance to steal the win, but a lapse in communication saw Cavani and Anthony Martial in the same location trying to connect with a cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. It was the former who got there first, but his scissor-kick only managed to divert the ball just wide of the post. The 0–0 draw meant that both teams shared the points, and while the result meant that Arsenal maintained their seven-game unbeaten streak in the league and a top ten placing, it also meant that Manchester United dropped points for the second game in a row and missed the opportunity to close the gap to league leaders Manchester City.

February

On 2 February, Arsenal traveled to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the Gunners dominated the game for most of the first half. Around 30 seconds into the game, Thomas Partey hit a long ball to Bukayo Saka, who managed to just sprint past Max Kilman for control of the ball. Saka continued to drive into the box and fired a left-footed shot that hit the far post. After Saka had another shot on target in the third minute, he seemed to have scored in the ninth minute. A pull-back pass from Alexandre Lacazette was met with a half-volley from the edge of the box by Saka, but VAR quickly disallowed the goal, having found Lacazette offside on a knock-on header from Rob Holding. Arsenal continued to lay on the pressure and had another close miss when Emile Smith Rowe layed off a pass for the onrushing Nicolas Pépé, who could only managed to hit the woodwork. Minutes later, after wriggling past Nélson Semedo and nutmegging Rúben Neves, the Ivorian winger curled the ball to the far post and in to finally put Arsenal on the board. In first-half stoppage time, Daniel Podence played a pass between Arsenal defenders Holding and David Luiz to the advancing Willian José. As the Wolves striker continued his run into the box, his heel struck the knee of David Luiz and brought down both Brazilian players. Despite the minimal contact, characterized as "accidental" by NBCSN commentators Peter Drury and Phil Neville, referee Craig Pawson immediately brandished a red card to David Luiz, a call that VAR referee Jon Moss agreed on. With Arsenal down to ten players, Rúben Neves curled the penalty into the top corner to bring Wolves level. The penalty seemed to have marked turn in the tides of the game, as Wolves began to dominate the game coming out of halftime. A few minutes into the second half, a strike by João Moutinho from 25 yards out hit the post and flew in past a diving Bernd Leno to put Wolves into the lead. Arsenal's misfortunes were compounded on in the seventh-second minute with their second red card of the game, this time for Leno. Semedo played a long ball for the speedy Adama Traoré to chase, but the slightly overhit pass was met first by Leno just outside of the box. In a desperate attempt to parry the ball away from Traoré, the German misjudged the bounce of the ball and scooped it out of bounds with his hand, an illegal action for goalkeepers outside of their own penalty area. Pawson once again brought out a red card for the infraction, reducing Arsenal to just nine players for the remainder of the match, while backup goalkeeper Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson came on in goal. Arsenal were unable score again, and the 2–1 loss saw their winning streak came to an end, while Wolves snapped an eight-game winless streak.

Squad information

As of 2 February 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Name Nat. Position(s) Date of birth (Age) Year signed Signed from Transfer fee Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Bernd Leno Flag of Germany GK 4 March 1992 (1992-03-04) (age 29) 2018 Flag of Germany Bayer Leverkusen £19.3m 96 0
13 Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson Flag of Iceland GK 18 February 1995 (1995-02-18) (age 26) 2020 Flag of France Dijon £1.8m 6 0
33 Mathew Ryan Flag of Australia GK 8 April 1992 (1992-04-08) (age 29) 2021 Flag of England Brighton and Hove Albion Loan 0 0
Defenders
2 Héctor Bellerín (vice-captain) Flag of Spain RB / RWB 19 March 1995 (1995-03-19) (age 26) 2013 Flag of England Arsenal Academy N/A 227 8
3 Kieran Tierney Flag of Scotland LB / LWB 5 June 1997 (1997-06-05) (age 24) 2019 Flag of Scotland Celtic £25m 47 2
6 Gabriel Flag of Brazil CB 19 December 1997 (1997-12-19) (age 23) 2020 Flag of France Lille £23.14m 17 2
16 Rob Holding Flag of England CB 20 September 1995 (1995-09-20) (age 25) 2016 Flag of England Bolton Wanderers £2m 102 2
17 Cédric Soares Flag of Portugal RB / RWB 31 August 1991 (1991-08-31) (age 29) 2020 Flag of England Southampton Free 21 1
21 Calum Chambers Flag of England CB / DM 20 January 1995 (1995-01-20) (age 26) 2014 Flag of England Southampton £16m 103 4
22 Pablo Marí Flag of Spain CB 31 August 1993 (1993-08-31) (age 27) 2020 Flag of Brazil Flamengo £7.2m 9 1
23 David Luiz Flag of Brazil CB 22 April 1987 (1987-04-22) (age 34) 2019 Flag of England Chelsea £8m 62 3
Midfielders
8 Dani Ceballos Flag of Spain CM 25 August 1996 (1996-08-25) (age 24) 2019 Flag of Spain Real Madrid Loan 61 2
11 Martin Ødegaard Flag of Norway AM / CM 17 December 1998 (1998-12-17) (age 22) 2021 Flag of Spain Real Madrid Loan 1 0
18 Thomas Partey Flag of Ghana CM / DM 13 June 1993 (1993-06-13) (age 28) 2020 Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid £45m 12 0
25 Mohamed Elneny Flag of Egypt DM 11 July 1992 (1992-07-11) (age 28) 2016 Flag of Switzerland Basel £5m 112 3
32 Emile Smith Rowe Flag of England AM / LM 28 June 2000 (2000-06-28) (age 20) 2016 Flag of England Arsenal Academy N/A 25 5
34 Granit Xhaka (4th captain) Flag of Switzerland CM 27 September 1992 (1992-09-27) (age 28) 2016 Flag of Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach £34.5m 200 13
Forwards
7 Bukayo Saka Flag of England RW / LW 5 September 2001 (2001-09-05) (age 19) 2016 Flag of England Arsenal Academy N/A 68 9
9 Alexandre Lacazette (3rd captain) Flag of France ST 28 May 1991 (1991-05-28) (age 30) 2017 Flag of France Lyon £46.5m 153 58
12 Willian Flag of Brazil RW / AM 9 August 1988 (1988-08-09) (age 32) 2020 Flag of England Chelsea Free 22 0
14 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (captain) Flag of Gabon ST / LW 18 June 1989 (1989-06-18) (age 32) 2018 Flag of Germany Borussia Dortmund £56m 130 78
19 Nicolas Pépé Flag of Ivory Coast RW 29 May 1995 (1995-05-29) (age 26) 2019 Flag of France Lille £72m 68 15
24 Reiss Nelson Flag of England RW 10 December 1999 (1999-12-10) (age 21) 2015 Flag of England Arsenal Academy N/A 47 4
30 Eddie Nketiah Flag of England ST 30 May 1999 (1999-05-30) (age 22) 2015 Flag of England Arsenal Academy N/A 60 12
35 Gabriel Martinelli Flag of Brazil LW / ST 18 June 2001 (2001-06-18) (age 20) 2019 Flag of Brazil Ituano £6m 33 10
Players on loan
4 William Saliba Flag of France CB 24 March 2001 (2001-03-24) (age 20) 2019 Flag of France Saint-Étienne £27m 0 0
11 Lucas Torreira Flag of Uruguay DM 11 February 1996 (1996-02-11) (age 25) 2018 Flag of Italy Sampdoria £26m 89 4
15 Ainsley Maitland-Niles Flag of England RB / LWB / CM 29 August 1997 (1997-08-29) (age 23) 2014 Flag of England Arsenal Academy N/A 121 3
27 Konstantinos Mavropanos Flag of Greece CB 11 December 1997 (1997-12-11) (age 23) 2018 Flag of Greece PAS Giannina £1.8m 8 0
28 Joe Willock Flag of England CM / AM 20 August 1999 (1999-08-20) (age 21) 2015 Flag of England Arsenal Academy N/A 77 11
29 Matteo Guendouzi Flag of France CM / DM 14 April 1999 (1999-04-14) (age 22) 2018 Flag of France Lorient £7m 82 1
31 Sead Kolašinac Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina LB / LWB 20 June 1993 (1993-06-20) (age 28) 2017 Flag of Germany Schalke 04 Free 113 5

Transfers

Transfers in

Date Position Name From Fee Team
1 July 2020 CB Flag of Spain Pablo Marí Flag of Brazil Flamengo £7,200,000 First team
RB Flag of Portugal Cédric Flag of England Southampton Free transfer
14 August 2020 RW Flag of Brazil Willian Flag of England Chelsea Free transfer
18 August 2020 LW Flag of Norway George Lewis Flag of Norway Fram Larvik Free transfer Under-23s
19 August 2020 CM Flag of England Tim Akinola Flag of England Huddersfield Town Free transfer Under-23s
22 August 2020 AM Flag of Netherlands Salah-Eddine Flag of Netherlands Feyenoord Free transfer Academy
24 August 2020 CB Flag of England Jonathan Dinzeyi Flag of England Tottenham Hotspur Free transfer Under-23s
1 September 2020 CB Flag of Brazil Gabriel Flag of France Lille £27,000,000 First team
21 September 2020 GK Flag of Iceland Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson Flag of France Dijon £1.8m First team
5 October 2020 DM Flag of Ghana Thomas Partey Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid £45m First team
ST Flag of Sweden Nikolaj Möller Flag of Sweden Malmö FF £450k Under-23s
RW Flag of Netherlands Joel Ideho Flag of Netherlands Ajax Undisclosed Under-23s
7 January 2021 CB Flag of Tunisia Omar Rekik Flag of Germany Hertha BSC £500,000 Under-23s

Transfers out

Date Position Name To Fee Team
1 July 2020 RB Flag of England Matthew Dennis Flag of England Norwich City Released Academy
LB Flag of England Tobi Omole Unattached Released Under-23s
LW Flag of England Nathan Tormey Unattached Released Under-23s
GK Flag of Portugal Pedro Virgínia Flag of Portugal FC Porto Undisclosed Academy
DM Flag of Wales Harry Jones Flag of Wales Swansea City Free transfer Academy
28 August 2020 ST Flag of England Sam Greenwood Flag of England Leeds United £1,500,000[1] Academy
1 September 2020 AM Flag of Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan Flag of Italy Roma Released First team
16 September 2020 GK Flag of Argentina Emiliano Martínez Flag of England Aston Villa £20m First team
8 January 2021 GK Flag of England Matt Macey Flag of Scotland Hibernian Undisclosed First team
17 January 2021 AM Flag of Germany Mesut Özil Flag of Turkey Fenerbahçe Contract Terminated First team
20 January 2021 CB Flag of Greece Sokratis Papastathopoulos Unattached Contract Terminated First team
1 February 2021 CB Flag of Germany Shkodran Mustafi Flag of Germany Schalke 04 Contract terminated First team

Loans in

Date Position Name From End date Team
4 September 2020 CM Flag of Spain Dani Ceballos Flag of Spain Real Madrid 30 June 2021 First team
22 January 2021 GK Flag of Australia Mathew Ryan Flag of England Brighton & Hove Albion End of season First team
27 January 2021 MF Flag of Norway Martin Ødegaard Flag of Spain Real Madrid End of season First team

Loans out

Date Position Name To End date Team
16 July 2020 CB Flag of Greece Konstantinos Mavropanos Flag of Germany VfB Stuttgart 30 June 2021 First team
10 August 2020 CB Flag of England Zech Medley Flag of England Gillingham 30 June 2021 Under-23s
RB Flag of England Zak Swanson Flag of Netherlands MVV Maastricht 30 June 2021 Under-23s
13 August 2020 RW Flag of England Trae Coyle Flag of England Gillingham 30 June 2021 Under-23s
17 August 2020 CM Flag of England Matt Smith Flag of England Swindon Town 30 June 2021 Under-23s
25 August 2020 RB Flag of England Jordi Osei-Tutu Flag of Wales Cardiff City 30 June 2021 Under-23s
4 September 2020 DM Flag of England Ben Sheaf Flag of England Coventry City 30 June 2021 Under-23s
8 September 2020 ST Flag of England Tyreece John-Jules Flag of England Doncaster Rovers 30 June 2021 Under-23s
22 September 2020 CB Flag of Republic Ireland Mark McGuinness Flag of England Ipswich Town 30 June 2021 Under-23s
5 October 2020 CB Flag of Northern Ireland Daniel Ballard Flag of England Blackpool 31 January 2021 Under-23s
CM Flag of France Matteo Guendouzi Flag of Germany Hertha BSC 30 June 2021 First team
DM Flag of Uruguay Lucas Torreira Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid 30 June 2021 First team
8 October 2020 GK Flag of North Macedonia Dejan Iliev Flag of England Shrewsbury Town 31 January 2021 Under-23s
DF Flag of England Tolaji Bola Flag of England Rochdale 31 January 2021 Under-23s
16 October 2020 DF Flag of England Harry Clarke Flag of England Oldham Athletic 20 January 2021 Under-23s
17 October 2020 MF Flag of England James Olayinka Flag of England Southend United 27 January 2021 Under-23s
17 October 2020 GK Flag of England Tom Smith Flag of England Dover Athletic 31 January 2021 Under-23s
31 December 2020 LB Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac Flag of Germany Schalke 04 End of season First team
4 January 2021 CB Flag of France William Saliba Flag of France Nice End of season First team
1 February 2021 CB Flag of England Joseph Olowu Flag of England Wealdstone End of season Under-23s
RB Flag of England Ainsley Maitland-Niles Flag of England West Bromwich Albion End of season First team
CB Flag of England Zech Medley Flag of Scotland Kilmarnock End of season Under-23s
CM Flag of England Matt Smith Flag of England Charlton Athletic End of season Under-23s
CM Flag of England Joe Willock Flag of England Newcastle United End of season First team

Transfer summary

Spending

Summer: Decrease £ Undisclosed (~ 81,590,000)

Winter: Steady £ 0

Total: Decrease £ Undisclosed (~ 81,590,000)

Income

Summer: Increase £ Undisclosed (~ 28,025,000)

Winter: Steady £ 0

Total: Increase £ Undisclosed (~ 28,025,000)

Net Expenditure

Summer: Decrease £ Undisclosed (~ 53,565,000)

Winter: Steady £ 0

Total: Decrease £ Undisclosed (~ 53,565,000)

Club

Kits

Adidas were announced as Arsenal's kit supplier as of the start of the season. This marks the first time since the 1993-94 season that Adidas have been the kit supplier to the club.

Supplier: Adidas / Sponsor: Fly Emirates / Sleeve Partner: Visit Rwanda

Home
Away
Third

Pre-season and friendlies

      Win       Draw       Loss       Fixtures

Friendly 25 August 2020 MK Dons Milton Keynes Dons.png 1–4 Arsenal FC.png Arsenal Milton Keynes  
18:00 BST (UTC+1) Holding Goal 31' (o.g.) Report Elneny Goal 5'
Nketiah Goal 10'
M. McGuinness Goal 76'
Nelson Goal 85' (pen.)
Stadium: Stadium MK
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dean Whitestone

Competitions

Overview

Competition First match Last match Starting round Final position Record
Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
Premier League 12 September 2020 23 May 2021 Matchday 1 8th &0000000000000038.00000038 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000055.00000055 &0000000000000039.00000039 +16 &0000000000000047.37000047.37
FA Cup 9 January 2021 23 January 2021 Third round Fourth round &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000001.0000001 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000001.0000001 +1 &0000000000000050.00000050.00
EFL Cup 21 September 2020 22 December 2020 Third round Quarter-finals &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000004.0000004 −1 &0000000000000033.33000033.33
FA Community Shield 29 August 2020 Final Winners &0000000000000001.0000001 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000001.0000001 &-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000001.0000001 +0 &0&-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.0000000.00
UEFA Europa League 22 October 2020 6 May 2021 Group stage Semi-finals &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000033.00000033 &0000000000000013.00000013 +20 &0000000000000064.29000064.29
Total &0000000000000058.00000058 &0000000000000029.00000029 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000017.00000017 &0000000000000094.00000094 &0000000000000058.00000058 +36 &0000000000000050.00000050.00

Last updated: 23 May 2021
Source: Soccerway

Premier League

Main article: 2020–21 Premier League

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Manchester City  (C) 38 27 5 6 78 32 +46 86
Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester United 38 21 11 6 73 44 +29 74
3 Liverpool 38 20 9 9 68 42 +26 69
4 Chelsea 38 19 10 9 58 36 +22 67
5 Leicester City 38 20 6 12 68 50 +18 66
Qualification for the Europa League group stage
6 West Ham United 38 19 8 11 62 47 +15 65
7 Tottenham Hotspur 38 18 8 12 68 45 +23 62
Qualification for the Europa Conference League play-off round
8 Arsenal 38 18 7 13 55 39 +16 61
9 Leeds United 38 18 5 15 62 54 +8 59
10 Everton 38 17 8 13 47 48 −1 59
11 Aston Villa 38 16 7 15 55 46 +9 55
12 Newcastle United 38 12 9 17 46 62 −16 45
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 12 9 17 36 52 −16 45
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 8 18 41 66 −25 44
15 Southampton 38 12 7 19 47 68 −21 43
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 9 14 15 40 46 −6 41
17 Burnley 38 10 9 19 33 55 −22 39
18 Fulham  (R) 38 5 13 20 27 53 −26 28
Relegation to EFL Championship
19 West Bromwich Albion

 (R)

38 5 11 22 35 76 −41 26
20 Sheffield United  (R) 38 7 2 29 20 63 −43 23

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

a. The fourth-placed team will play in the Europa League group stage instead of the Champions League group stage if Chelsea wins the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, Arsenal or Manchester United win the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League, and both winners finish in fifth place or lower.
b. Since both 2020–21 FA Cup finalists (Leicester City and Chelsea) would currently qualify for European competition based on league position, the Europa League group stage berth awarded to the FA Cup winners would pass to the sixth-placed team.
c. Since 2020–21 EFL Cup winners Manchester City have qualified for European competition based on league position, the Europa Conference League berth awarded to the EFL Cup winners will transfer to the highest-placed Premier League team who have not already qualified for European competition, which is currently the seventh-placed team.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 18 7 13 55 39 +16 61 8 4 7 24 21 +3 10 3 6 31 18 +13

Last updated: 23 May 2021
Source: Premier League

Results by matchday

Matchday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H H A H A A H H A A H A H A H H A H A A H
Result W W L W L L W L D L L L D L W W W D W W D L L W L W D W D L W D L W W W W W
Position 1 3 5 4 5 11 9 11 12 14 15 15 15 15 15 13 11 11 10 9 10 10 11 10 11 10 10 10 9 10 9 9 10 9 9 9 9 8

Last updated: 2 February 2021.
Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches

The league fixtures were announced on 20 August 2020.

1 12 September 2020 Fulham 0–3 Arsenal Fulham  
12:30 BST Report Lacazette Goal 8'
Gabriel Goal 49'
Aubameyang Goal 57'
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Attendance: 0
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
2 19 September 2020 Arsenal 2–1 West Ham United Holloway, London  
20:00 BST Lacazette Goal 25'
Nketiah Goal 85'
Report Antonio Goal 45' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Oliver
3 28 September 2020 Liverpool 3–1 Arsenal Liverpool  
20:00 BST Mané Goal 28'
Robertson Goal 34'
Jota Goal 88'
Report Lacazette Goal 25' Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
4 4 October 2020 Arsenal 2–1 Sheffield United Holloway, London  
14:00 BST Saka Goal 61'
Pépé Goal 64'
McGoldrick Goal 83' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lee Mason
5 17 October 2020 Manchester City 1–0 Arsenal Manchester  
17:30 BST Sterling Goal 23' Report Stadium: City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
6 25 October 2020 Arsenal 0–1 Leicester City Holloway  
19:15 BST Report Vardy Goal 80' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
7 1 November 2020 Manchester United 0–1 Arsenal Manchester  
16:30 BST Report Aubameyang Goal 69' (pen.) Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mike Dean
8 8 November 2020 Arsenal 0–3 Aston Villa Holloway  
19:15 BST Report Saka Goal 25' (o.g.)
Watkins Goal 72'75'
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Martin Atkinson
9 22 November 2020 Leeds United 0–0 Arsenal Beeston, Leeds  
16:30 BST Report Pépé Red card 51' Stadium: Elland Road
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anthony Taylor
10 29 November 2020 Arsenal 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Holloway  
19:15 BST Gabriel Goal 30' Report Neto Goal 27'
Podence Goal 42'
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Oliver
11 6 December 2020 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Arsenal Tottenham  
16:30 BST Son Goal 13'
Kane Goal 45+1'
Report Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Martin Atkinson
12 13 December 2020 Arsenal 0–1 Burnley Holloway  
19:15 BST Xhaka Red card 58' Report Aubameyang Goal 73' (o.g.) Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Graham Scott
13 15 December 2020 Arsenal 1–1 Southampton Holloway  
15:00 BST Aubameyang Goal 52'
Gabriel Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 58', 62'
Report Walcott Goal 18' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Paul Tierney
14 19 September 2020 Everton 2–1 Arsenal Liverpool  
15:00 BST Holding Goal 22' (og)
Mina Goal 45'
Report Pépé Goal 35' (Pen) Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andre Marriner
15 26 December 2020 Arsenal 3–1 Chelsea Holloway  
17:30 BST Lacazette Goal 34' (Pen)
Xhaka Goal 44'
Saka Goal 56'
Report Abraham Goal 85' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Oliver
16 29 December 2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–1 Arsenal Brighton  
18:00 BST Report Lacazette Goal 66' Stadium: Amex Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
17 2 January 2021 West Bromwich Albion 0–4 Arsenal West Bromwich  
15:00 BST Report Tierney Goal 23'
Saka Goal 28'
Lacazette Goal 60'64'
Stadium: The Hawthorns
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
18 12 January 2021 Arsenal 0–0 Crystal Palace Holloway  
20:00 BST Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andre Marriner
19 18 January 2021 Arsenal 3–0 Newcastle United Holloway  
20:00 BST Aubameyang Goal 50'77'
Saka Goal 60'
Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: David Coote
20 26 January 2021 Southampton 1–3 Arsenal Southampton  
20:15 BST Armstrong Goal 3' Report Pépé Goal 8'
Saka Goal 39'
Lacazette Goal 72'
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kevin Friend
21 30 January 2021 Arsenal 0–0 Manchester United Holloway, London  
BST Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Oliver
22 2 February 2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Arsenal Wolverhampton  
19:45 BST Moutinho Goal 49'
Neves Goal 45+5' (pen.)
Report Pépé Goal 32'
David Luiz Red card 45+3'
Leno Red card 72'
Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
23 6 February 2021 Aston Villa 1–0 Arsenal Aston  
12:30 BST Watkins Goal 2' Report Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
24 14 February 2021 Arsenal 4–2 Leeds United Holloway, London  
16:30 BST Aubameyang Goal 13'41' (pen.)47'
Bellerín Goal 45'
Report Struijk Goal 58'
Costa Goal 69'
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Stuart Attwell
25 21 February 2021 Arsenal 0–1 Manchester City Holloway, London  
16:30 BST Report Sterling Goal 2' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jonathan Moss
26 28 February 2021 Leicester City 1–3 Arsenal Leicester  
12:00 BST Tielemans Goal 6' Report Luiz Goal 39'
Lacazette Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Pépé Goal 52'
Stadium: King Power Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Paul Tierney
27 6 March 2021 Burnley 1–1 Arsenal Burnley  
BST Wood Goal 39' Report Aubameyang Goal 6' Stadium: Turf Moor
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andre Marriner
28 13 March 2021 Arsenal 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur Holloway, London  
BST Ødegaard Goal 44'
Lacazette Goal 64' (pen.)
Report Lamela Goal 33', Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 69', 76' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Oliver
29 21 March 2021 West Ham United 3–3 Arsenal Stratford, London  
15:00 BST Lingard Goal 15'
Bowen Goal 17'
Souček Goal 32'
Report Souček Goal 38' (o.g.)
Dawson Goal 61' (o.g.)
Lacazette Goal 82'
Stadium: London Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jonathan Moss
30 3 April 2021 Arsenal 0–3 Liverpool Holloway, London  
BST Report Jota Goal 64'82'
Salah Goal 68'
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Stuart Attwell
31 10 April 2021 Sheffield United 0–3 Arsenal Sheffield  
BST Report Lacazette Goal 33'85'
Martinelli Goal 71'
Stadium: Bramall Lane
Attendance: 0
Referee: Peter Bankes
32 17 April 2021 Arsenal 1–1 Fulham Holloway, London  
BST Nketiah Goal 90+7' Report Maja Goal 59' (pen.) Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
33 24 April 2021 Arsenal 0–1 Everton Holloway, London  
BST Report Leno Goal 76' (og) Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jonathan Moss
34 2 May 2021 Newcastle United 0–2 Arsenal Newcastle  
14:00 BST Schär Red card 90' Report Elneny Goal 5'
Aubameyang Goal 66'
Stadium: St. James' Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mike Dean
35 9 May 2021 Arsenal 3–1 West Bromwich Albion Holloway, London  
19:00 BST Smith-Rowe Goal 29'
Pépé Goal 35'
Willian Goal 90'
Report Pereira Goal 67' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Peter Bankes
36 12 May 2021 Chelsea 0–1 Arsenal Chelsea, London  
20:15 BST Report Smith-Rowe Goal 16' Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andre Marriner
37 19 May 2021 Crystal Palace 1–3 Arsenal Selhurst  
19:45 BST Benteke Goal 62' Report Pépé Goal 35'90+5'
Martinelli Goal 90+1'
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Anthony Taylor
38 23 May 2021 Arsenal 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion Holloway, London  
16:00 BST Pépé Goal 49'60' Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Jonathan Moss

FA Cup

Main article: 2020–21 FA Cup
Third round
9 January 2021
Arsenal 2–0 Newcastle United Holloway, London  
17:30 GMT Smith Rowe Goal 109'
Aubameyang Goal 117'
Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Fourth round
23 January 2021
Southampton 1–0 Arsenal Southampton  
12:15 GMT Gabriel Goal 24'og' Report Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Peter Bankes

EFL Cup

Main article: 2020–21 EFL Cup

The draw for both the second and third round were confirmed on September 6, live on Sky Sports by Phil Babb.

Third round 23 September 2020 Leicester City 0–2 Arsenal Leicester  
19:45 BST Report Fuchs Goal 57' (og)
Nketiah Goal 90'
Stadium: King Power Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Peter Bankes
Fourth round 1 October 2020 Liverpool 0–0
(5–6 pen)
Arsenal Liverpool  
19:45 BST Report Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kevin Friend
  Penalties  
Milner Soccerball shad check.png
Georginio Wijnaldum Soccerball shad check.png
Minamino Soccerball shad check.png
Origi Missed
Jones Soccerball shad check.png
Wilson Missed
  Lacazette Soccerball shad check.png
Soares Soccerball shad check.png
Elneny Missed
Maitland-Niles Soccerball shad check.png
Pépé Soccerball shad check.png
Willock Soccerball shad check.png
Quarter-finals 22 December 2020 Arsenal (1) 1–4 Manchester City (1) London  
20:00 BST Lacazette Goal 31' Report Gabriel Jesus Goal 3'
Mahrez Goal 54'
Foden Goal 59'
Laporte Goal 73'
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Stuart Attwell

FA Community Shield

Main article: 2020 FA Community Shield
29 August 2020 Arsenal Arsenal FC.png 1–1
(5–4 pen)
Liverpool FC.png Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London  
16:30 BST Aubameyang Goal 12' Report Minamino Goal 73' Attendance: 0
Referee: Andre Marriner (Birmingham)
    Penalties  
Reiss Nelson Soccerball shad check.png
Ainsley Maitland-Niles Soccerball shad check.png
Cédric Soares Soccerball shad check.png
David Luiz Soccerball shad check.png
Pierre-Emerick AubameyangSoccerball shad check.png
  Soccerball shad check.png Mohamed Salah
Soccerball shad check.png Fabinho
Missed Rhian Brewster
Soccerball shad check.png Takumi Minamino
Soccerball shad check.png Curtis Jones

UEFA Europa League

Main article: 2020-21 UEFA Europa League
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of England Arsenal 6 6 0 0 20 5 +15 18 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Norway Molde 6 3 1 2 9 11 −2 10
Flag of Austria Rapid Wien 6 2 1 3 11 13 −2 7
Flag of Republic of Ireland Dundalk 6 0 0 6 8 19 −11 0

Group stage

The group stage draw was held on 2 October 2020.

Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage#Group B
1 22 October 2020 Rapid Wien Flag of Austria 1–2 Flag of England Arsenal Vienna, Austria  
21:00 CEST Fountas Goal 51' Report Aubameyang Goal 74'
Leno Booked in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
Stadium: Allianz Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
2 29 October 2020 Arsenal Flag of England 3–0 Flag of Republic Ireland Dundalk London, England  
21:00 CET Nketiah Goal 42'
Willock Goal 44'
Pépé Goal 46'
Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
3 5 November 2020 Arsenal Flag of England 4–1 Flag of Norway Molde London, England  
21:00 CET Haugen Goal 45+1' (o.g.)
Sinyan Goal 62' (o.g.)
Pépé Goal 69'
Willock Goal 88'
Report Ellingsen Goal 22' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
4 26 November 2020 Molde Flag of Norway 0–3 Flag of England Arsenal Molde, Norway  
18:55 CET Report Pépé Goal 50'
Nelson Goal 55'
Balogun Goal 83'
Stadium: Aker Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
5 3 December 2020 Arsenal Flag of England 4–1 Flag of Austria Rapid Wien London, England  
21:00 CET Lacazette Goal 10'
Marí Goal 18'
Nketiah Goal 44'
Smith Rowe Goal 66'
Report Kitagawa Goal 47' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
6 10 December 2020 Dundalk Flag of Republic Ireland 2–4 Flag of England Arsenal Dublin, Ireland  
17:55 GMT (UTC±0) Flores Goal 22'
Hoare Goal 85'
Report Nketiah Goal 12'
Elneny Goal 18'
Willock Goal 67'
Balogun Goal 80'
Stadium: Oriel Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Knockout phase

Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Europa League knockout phase

The round of 32 draw was held on 14 December 2020.

Round of 32

First leg 18 February 2021 Benfica Portugal 1–1 England Arsenal Lisbon, Portugal  
21:00 (20:00 WET) Pizzi Goal 55' (pen.) Report Smith Rowe Booked in the 54th minute 54' Stadium: Estádio da Luz
Attendance: 0
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Second leg 25 February 2021 Arsenal England 3–2
(4–3 agg.)
Portugal Benfica London, England  
18:55 (20:00 GMT) Aubameyang Goal 21'87'
Tierney Goal 67'
Report Gonçalves Goal 43'
Silva Goal 61'
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Round of 16

The round of 16 draw was held on 26 February 2021.

First leg 11 March 2021 Olympiacos Greece 1–3 England Arsenal Piraeus, Greece  
22:00 EET (UTC+2) El-Arabi Goal 58' Report Ødegaard Goal 34'
Gabriel Goal 79'
Elneny Goal 85'
Stadium: Karaiskakis Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
Second leg 18 March 2021 Arsenal England 0–1
(3–2 agg.)
Greece Olympiacos London, England  
17:55 GMT (UTC±0) Report El-Arabi Goal 51'
Ba Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 82', 82'
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 19 March 2021.

First leg 8 April 2021 Arsenal England 1–1 Czech Republic Slavia Prague London, England  
20:00 BST (UTC+1) Pépé Goal 86' BBC Report
UEFA Report
Holeš Goal 90+3' Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
Second leg 15 April 2021 Slavia Prague Czech Republic 0–4
(0–4 agg.)
England Arsenal Prague, Czech Republic  
21:00 CEST (UTC+2) BBC Report
UEFA Report
Pépé Goal 18'
Lacazette Goal 21' (pen.)77'
Saka Goal 24'
Stadium: Sinobo Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 19 March 2021, after the quarter-final draw. Should they overcome Slavia Prague, the Gunners would face either Villarreal or Dinamo Zagreb. Villareal won 3–2 over Dinamo, meaning Villareal's manager Unai Emery would face his former side in the semifinals. Emery had guided Arsenal to the final in 2019, possibly his most notable moment during an 18-month stint at Arsenal between May 2018 and November 2019.

First leg 29 April 2021 Villarreal Spain 2–1 England Arsenal Villarreal, Spain  
21:00 CEST (UTC+2) Trigueros Goal 5'
Albiol Goal 29'
Capoue Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 68', 80'
UEFA Report
BBC Report
Ceballos Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 44', 57'
Pépé Goal 73' (pen.)
Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica
Attendance: 0
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Second leg 6 May 2021 Arsenal England 0–0
(1–2 agg.)
Spain Villarreal London, England  
20:00 BST (UTC+1) UEFA Report
BBC Report
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

Statistics

Appearances and goals

Players with no appearances not included in the list.

As of 23 May 2021
No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Flag of Germany Bernd Leno, Bernd Leno 35 0 2 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 49 0
2 DF Flag of Spain Héctor Bellerín, Héctor Bellerín 24(1) 1 1 0 0(1) 0 6(1) 0 1 0 32(3) 1
3 DF Flag of Scotland Kieran Tierney, Kieran Tierney 26(1) 1 1 0 0 0 4(5) 1 1 0 32(6) 2
6 DF Flag of Brazil Gabriel, Gabriel 22(1) 2 1 0 2 0 6 1 0 0 31(1) 3
7 MF Flag of England Bukayo Saka, Bukayo Saka 30(2) 5 0(2) 0 2 0 8(1) 2 1 0 41(5) 7
8 MF Flag of Spain Dani Ceballos, Dani Ceballos 17(8) 0 0 0 2(1) 0 6(6) 0 0 0 25(15) 0
9 FW Flag of France Alexandre Lacazette, Alexandre Lacazette 22(9) 13 0(2) 0 1(1) 1 5(3) 3 0 0 28(15) 17
11 MF Flag of Norway Martin Ødegaard, Martin Ødegaard 9(5) 1 0 0 0 0 5(1) 1 0 0 14(6) 2
12 FW Flag of Brazil Willian, Willian 16(9) 1 2 0 0(1) 0 3(6) 0 0 0 21(16) 1
13 GK Flag of Iceland Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson 0(1) 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 5(1) 0
14 FW Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 26(3) 10 1 1 0 0 5(3) 3 1 1 33(6) 15
16 DF Flag of England Rob Holding, Rob Holding 28(2) 0 1 0 2 0 4(1) 0 1 0 36(3) 0
17 DF Flag of Portugal Cédric Soares, Cédric Soares 8(2) 0 2 0 2 0 7(2) 0 0(1) 0 19(5) 0
18 MF Flag of Ghana Thomas Partey, Thomas Partey 18(6) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 6(2) 0 0 0 24(9) 0
19 FW Flag of Ivory Coast Nicolas Pépé, Nicolas Pépé 16(13) 10 2 0 2(1) 0 10(3) 6 0 0 30(17) 16
21 DF Flag of England Calum Chambers, Calum Chambers 8(2) 0 0 0 0 0 3(3) 0 0 0 11(5) 0
22 DF Flag of Spain Pablo Marí, Pablo Marí 10 0 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 16 1
23 DF Flag of Brazil David Luiz, David Luiz 17(3) 1 1 0 1 0 7 1 1 0 27(3) 2
24 FW Flag of England Reiss Nelson, Reiss Nelson 0(2) 0 1 0 1 0 3(1) 1 0(1) 0 5(4) 1
25 MF Flag of Egypt Mohamed Elneny, Mohamed Elneny 17(6) 1 2 0 2(1) 0 5(7) 2 1 0 27(14) 3
30 FW Flag of England Eddie Nketiah, Eddie Nketiah 4(13) 2 1 0 2 1 6(2) 3 1 0 14(15) 6
32 MF Flag of England Emile Smith Rowe, Emile Smith Rowe 18(2) 2 0(1) 1 0(1) 0 8(3) 1 0 0 26(7) 4
33 GK Flag of Australia Mathew Ryan, Mathew Ryan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
34 MF Flag of Switzerland Granit Xhaka, Granit Xhaka 29(2) 1 1(1) 0 1 0 10 0 1 0 42(3) 1
35 FW Flag of Brazil Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Martinelli 7(7) 2 1 0 1 0 0(6) 0 0 0 9(13) 2
38 FW Flag of England Folarin Balogun, Folarin Balogun 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(5) 2 0 0 0(6) 2
41 MF Flag of England Ben Cottrell, Ben Cottrell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0
66 MF Flag of England Miguel Azeez, Miguel Azeez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0
Players on loan but featured this season
15 MF Flag of England Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Ainsley Maitland-Niles 5(6) 0 0(1) 0 2(1) 0 5 0 1 0 13(8) 0
28 MF Flag of England Joe Willock, Joe Willock 2(5) 0 1 0 3 0 4(1) 3 0(1) 0 10(7) 3
31 DF Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac, Sead Kolašinac 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0(1) 0 8(1) 0
Players sold but featured this season
20 DF Flag of Germany Shkodran Mustafi, Shkodran Mustafi 0(3) 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 6(3) 0
26 GK Flag of Argentina Emiliano Martínez, Emiliano Martínez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

Goalscorers

As of 23 May 2021
Rank No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
1 9 FW Flag of France Alexandre Lacazette 13 0 1 3 0 17
2 19 FW Flag of Ivory Coast Nicolas Pépé 10 0 0 6 0 16
3 14 FW Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 10 1 0 3 1 15
4 7 MF Flag of England Bukayo Saka 5 0 0 2 0 7
5 30 FW Flag of England Eddie Nketiah 2 0 1 3 0 6
6 32 MF Flag of England Emile Smith Rowe 2 1 0 1 0 4
7 6 DF Flag of Brazil Gabriel 2 0 0 1 0 3
25 MF Flag of Egypt Mohamed Elneny 1 0 0 2 0 3
28 MF Flag of England Joe Willock 0 0 0 3 0 3
10 35 FW Flag of Brazil Gabriel Martinelli 2 0 0 0 0 2
3 DF Flag of Scotland Kieran Tierney 1 0 0 1 0 2
11 MF Flag of Norway Martin Ødegaard 1 0 0 1 0 2
23 DF Flag of Brazil David Luiz 1 0 0 1 0 2
38 FW Flag of England Folarin Balogun 0 0 0 2 0 2
15 2 DF Flag of Spain Héctor Bellerín 1 0 0 0 0 1
12 FW Flag of Brazil Willian 1 0 0 0 0 1
34 MF Flag of Switzerland Granit Xhaka 1 0 0 0 0 1
22 DF Flag of Spain Pablo Marí 0 0 0 1 0 1
24 FW Flag of England Reiss Nelson 0 0 0 1 0 1
Own Goals 2 0 1 2 0 5
Totals 55 2 3 33 1 94

Assists

As of 23 May 2021
Rank No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
1 7 MF Flag of England Bukayo Saka 3 0 0 3 1 7
12 FW Flag of Brazil Willian 5 0 0 2 0 7
32 MF Flag of England Emile Smith Rowe 4 0 0 3 0 7
4 19 FW Flag of Ivory Coast Nicolas Pépé 1 0 0 4 0 5
5 3 DF Flag of Scotland Kieran Tierney 3 1 0 0 0 4
14 FW Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 3 0 0 1 0 4
7 2 DF Flag of Spain Héctor Bellerín 2 0 0 1 0 3
8 MF Flag of Spain Dani Ceballos 3 0 0 0 0 3
9 FW Flag of France Alexandre Lacazette 2 1 0 0 0 3
18 MF Flag of Ghana Thomas Partey 2 0 0 1 0 3
21 DF Flag of England Calum Chambers 2 0 0 1 0 3
28 MF Flag of England Joe Willock 0 0 0 3 0 3
13 17 DF Flag of Portugal Cedric Soares 1 0 0 1 0 2
34 MF Flag of Switzerland Granit Xhaka 2 0 0 0 0 2
11 MF Flag of Norway Martin Ødegaard 2 0 0 0 0 2
35 FW Flag of Brazil Gabriel Martinelli 1 0 1 0 0 2
16 6 DF Flag of Brazil Gabriel 0 0 0 1 0 1
15 MF Flag of England Ainsley Maitland-Niles 0 0 0 1 0 1
16 DF Flag of England Rob Holding 1 0 0 0 0 1
24 MF Flag of England Reiss Nelson 0 0 0 1 0 1
30 FW Flag of England Eddie Nketiah 1 0 0 0 0 1
38 FW Flag of England Folarin Balogun 0 0 0 1 0 1
Totals 36 2 1 24 1 64

Disciplinary record

As of 23 May 2021
Rank No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
1 34 MF Flag of Switzerland Granit Xhaka 7 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 1
2 8 MF Flag of Spain Dani Ceballos 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 1
3 6 DF Flag of Brazil Gabriel 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
4 23 DF Flag of Brazil David Luiz 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
5 19 FW Flag of Ivory Coast Nicolas Pépé 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1 GK Flag of Germany Bernd Leno 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
6 2 DF Flag of Spain Héctor Bellerín 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
7 18 MF Flag of Ghana Thomas Partey 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
8 25 MF Flag of Egypt Mohamed Elneny 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
9 3 DF Flag of Scotland Kieran Tierney 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
10 9 FW Flag of France Alexandre Lacazette 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
17 DF Flag of Portugal Cédric Soares 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
12 14 FW Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
13 16 DF Flag of England Rob Holding 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
28 MF Flag of England Joe Willock 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
20 DF Flag of Germany Shkodran Mustafi 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
22 DF Flag of Spain Pablo Mari 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
30 FW Flag of England Eddie Nketiah 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
18 32 MF Flag of England Emile Smith Rowe 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 27 3 2 0 5 0 9 0 0 0 43 4

Clean sheets

As of 23 May 2021
Rank No. Pos. Name Nat. Premier League FA Cup EFL Cup Europa League Community Shield Total
1 1 GK Bernd Leno Flag of Germany 11 1 2 2 0 16
2 13 GK Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson Flag of Iceland 0 0 0 2 0 2
3 33 GK Mathew Ryan Flag of Australia 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 12 1 2 4 0 19

Awards

Each award winner was chosen via open-access polls on the club's official website.

Arsenal Player of the Month award

Month Player Votes
September  , GabrielGabriel  (BRA) 72%
October  , GabrielGabriel  (BRA) 79%
November  , GabrielGabriel  (BRA) 76%
December  Saka, BukayoBukayo Saka (ENG) 70%
January  Saka, BukayoBukayo Saka (ENG) 46%
February  Saka, BukayoBukayo Saka (ENG) 48%
March  Ødegaard, MartinMartin Ødegaard (NOR) 53.4%
April  Lacazette, AlexandreAlexandre Lacazette (FRA) 72%

Arsenal Goal of the Month award

Month Player Competition Opponent Votes
September  Aubameyang, Pierre-EmerickPierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB) Premier League Fulham 40%
October  Pépé, NicolasNicolas Pépé (CIV) UEFA Europa League Dundalk 38%
November  Miedema, VivianneVivianne Miedema (NED) FA Women's League Cup London City Lionesses
December  Saka, BukayoBukayo Saka (ENG) Premier League Chelsea
January  Tierney, KieranKieran Tierney (SCO) Premier League West Bromwich Albion
February  Pépé, NicolasNicolas Pépé (CIV) Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers 28.1%
March  Ødegaard, MartinMartin Ødegaard (NOR) UEFA Europa League Olympiacos 38.4%
April  Lacazette, AlexandreAlexandre Lacazette (FRA) Premier League Sheffield United 32%

Arsenal Player of the Season award

Arsenal Player of the Season
Rank Player Votes
1st  Saka, BukayoBukayo Saka (ENG) 51%
2nd  Pépé, NicolasNicolas Pépé (CIV) 15%
3rd  Tierney, KieranKieran Tierney (SCO) 14%

Arsenal Goal of the Season award

Rank Player Competition Opponent Votes
1st  Elneny, MohamedMohamed Elneny (EGY) UEFA Europa League Dundalk 31%
2nd  Tierney, KieranKieran Tierney (SCO) Premier League West Bromwich Albion 21%
3rd  Pépé, NicolasNicolas Pépé (CIV) Premier League West Bromwich Albion 13%

External links

Arsenal FC.png
Arsenal FC.png Arsenal Football Club

Current seasonClub honoursManagersPlayersSquadsArsenal LadiesEmirates Stadium
History: SeasonsHighbury

Arsenal FC.png
Arsenal F.C. squad - 2020–21

1 Leno · 2 Bellerín · 3 Tierney · 4 Saliba · 5 Papastathopoulos · 7 Saka · 8 Ceballos · 9 Lacazette · 10 Özil · 11 Torreira · 11 Ødegaard · 12 Willian · 13 Rúnarsson · 14 Aubameyang (c) · 15 Maitland-Niles · 16 Holding · 17 Cédric · 18 Partey · 19 Pépé · 20 Mustafi · 21 Chambers · 22 Marí · 23 Luiz · 24 Nelson · 25 Elneny · 26 Martínez · 27 Mavropanos · 28 Willock · 29 Guendouzi · 30 Nketiah · 31 Kolašinac · 31 Kolašinac · 32 Smith Rowe · 33 Ryan · 34 Xhaka · 35 Martinelli · 38 Balogun · 41 Cottrell · 66 Azeez ·

Arsenal FC.png
Arsenal FC.png
Arsenal F.C. seasons

1995-96 · 2000-01 · 2001-02 · 2002-03 · 2003-04 · 2004-05 · 2005-06 · 2006-07 · 2007-08 · 2008-09 · 2009-10 · 2010-11 · 2011-12 · 2012-13 · 2013-14 · 2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 · 2021-22 ·

Arsenal F.C. matches - 2020-21
2020-21 Premier League

Fulham (a) · West Ham United (h) · Liverpool (a) · Sheffield United (h) · Manchester City (a) · Manchester United (a) · Leicester City (h) · Aston Villa (h) · Leeds United (a) · Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) · Tottenham Hotspur (a) · Burnley (h) · Southampton (h) · Everton (a) · Chelsea (h) · Brighton & Hove Albion (a) · West Bromwich Albion (a) · Crystal Palace (h) · Newcastle United (h) · Southampton (a) · Manchester United (h) · Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) · Aston Villa (a) · Leeds United (h) · Manchester City (h) · Leicester City (a) · Burnley (a) · Tottenham Hotspur (h) · West Ham United (a) · Liverpool (h) · Sheffield United (a) · Fulham (h) · Everton (h) · Newcastle United (a) · West Bromwich Albion (h) · Chelsea (a) · Crystal Palace (a) · Brighton & Hove Albion (h)

2020-21 FA Cup

Newcastle United (h) · Southampton (a)

2020-21 League Cup

Leicester City (a) · Liverpool (a) · Manchester City (h)

2020–21 UEFA Europa League

Rapid Wien (a) · Dundalk (h) · Molde (h) · Molde (a) · Rapid Wien (h) · Dundalk (a) · Benfica (a) · Benfica (h) · Olympiacos (a) · Olympiacos (h) · Slavia Prague (h) · Slavia Prague (a) · Villarreal (a) · Villarreal (h) ·

FA Community Shield
Liverpool (n)
Friendly Matches
MK Dons (a) ·
Arsenal F.C. match images - 2020-21
2020-21 Premier League

Fulham (a) · West Ham United (h) · Liverpool (a) · Sheffield United (h) · Manchester City (a) · Manchester United (a) · Leicester City (h) · Aston Villa (h) · Leeds United (a) · Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) · Tottenham Hotspur (a) · Burnley (h) · Southampton (h) · Everton (a) · Chelsea (h) · Brighton & Hove Albion (a) · West Bromwich Albion (a) · Crystal Palace (h) · Newcastle United (h) · Southampton (a) · Manchester United (h) · Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) · Aston Villa (a) · Leeds United (h) · Manchester City (h) · Leicester City (a) · Burnley (a) · Tottenham Hotspur (h) · West Ham United (a) · Liverpool (h) · Sheffield United (a) · Fulham (h) · Everton (h) · Newcastle United (a) · West Bromwich Albion (h) · Chelsea (a) · Crystal Palace (a) · Brighton & Hove Albion (h)

2020-21 FA Cup

Newcastle United (h) ·

2020-21 League Cup

Leicester City (a) · Liverpool (a) · Manchester City (h)

2020-21 Europa League

Rapid Wien (a) · Dundalk (h) · Molde (h) · Molde (a) · Rapid Wien (h) · Dundalk (a) Benfica (a) · Benfica (h) · Olympiacos (a) · Olympiacos (h) · Slavia Prague (h) · Slavia Prague (a) · Villarreal (a) · Villarreal (h)

220px-England crest 2009.svg.png
Flag of England 2020–21 in English football
FA competitions
FA Cup (Qualifying Rounds, Final) · FA Community Shield · FA Trophy (Final) · FA Vase (Final)
League cups
EFL Cup (Final) · EFL Trophy (Final)
Premier and Football League
Premier League · Football League (Championship · League One · League Two)
National League
National League (National League · North · South)
Lower leagues
Isthmian League (Premier · North · South Central · South East) · Northern Premier League (Premier · North West · South East) · Southern Football League (Premier Central · Premier South · Division One Central · Division One South) · Combined Counties League (Premier, One) · East Midlands Counties League (level 10 only) · Eastern Counties League (Premier, One North, One South) · Essex Senior League (level 9 only) · Hellenic League (Premier, One East, One West) · Midland League (Premier, One) · Northern Counties East League (Premier, One) · Northern League (One, Two) · North West Counties League (Premier, One North, One South) · Southern Combination League (Premier, One, Two) · Southern Counties East League (Premier, One) · South West Peninsula League (East, West) · Spartan South Midlands League (Premier, One) · United Counties League (Premier, One) · Wessex League (Premier, One) · Western League (Premier, One) · West Midlands (Regional) League (level 10 only)
Playoffs

Championship (Final) · League One (Final) · League Two (Final)
National League (Final)

European competitions
Champions League (Final) · Europa League (Final)
National teams

Senior: (2020–21 UEFA Nations League group stage) · (UEFA Euro 2020 finals) · (2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying round) · U21: (UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying round, finals) · U19: (UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying round, finals) · U17: (UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying round, finals)

Other

Summer 2020 transfers · Winter 2020–21 transfers ·

Club seasons
Premier League

Arsenal · Aston Villa · Brighton & Hove Albion · Burnley · Chelsea · Crystal Palace · Everton · Fulham · Leeds United · Leicester City · Liverpool · Manchester City · Manchester United · Newcastle United · Sheffield United · Southampton · Tottenham Hotspur · West Bromwich Albion · West Ham United · Wolverhampton Wanderers

Championship

Barnsley · Birmingham City · Blackburn Rovers · Bournemouth · Brentford · Bristol City · Cardiff City · Coventry City · Derby County · Huddersfield Town · Luton Town · Middlesbrough · Millwall · Norwich City · Nottingham Forest · Preston North End · Queens Park Rangers · Reading · Rotherham United · Sheffield Wednesday · Stoke City · Swansea City · Watford · Wycombe Wanderers

League One

Accrington Stanley · AFC Wimbledon · Blackpool · Bristol Rovers · Burton Albion · Charlton Athletic · Crewe Alexandra · Doncaster Rovers · Fleetwood Town · Gillingham · Hull City · Ipswich Town · Lincoln City · Milton Keynes Dons · Northampton Town · Oxford United · Peterborough United · Plymouth Argyle · Portsmouth · Rochdale · Shrewsbury Town · Sunderland · Swindon Town · Wigan Athletic

League Two

Barrow · Bolton Wanderers · Bradford City · Cambridge United · Carlisle United · Cheltenham Town · Colchester United · Crawley Town · Exeter City · Forest Green Rovers · Grimsby Town · Harrogate Town · Leyton Orient · Mansfield Town · Morecambe · Newport County · Oldham Athletic · Port Vale · Salford City · Scunthorpe United · Southend United · Tranmere Rovers · Walsall

National League

Aldershot Town · Altrincham · Barnet · Boreham Wood · Bromley · Chesterfield · Dagenham & Redbridge · Dover Athletic · Eastleigh · Halifax Town · Hartlepool United · King's Lynn Town · Maidenhead United · Notts County · Solihull Moors · Stevenage · Stockport County · Sutton United · Torquay United · Wealdstone · Weymouth · Woking · Wrexham · Yeovil Town

National League North

Fylde · AFC Telford United · Alfreton Town · Blyth Spartans · Boston United · Brackley Town · Bradford Park Avenue · Chester · Chorley · Curzon Ashton · Darlington · Farsley Celtic · Gateshead · Gloucester City · Guiseley · Hereford · Kettering Town · Kidderminster Harriers · Leamington · Southport · Spennymoor Town · York City

National League South

Bath City · Billericay Town · Braintree Town · Chelmsford City · Chippenham Town · Concord Rangers · Dartford · Dorking Wanderers · Dulwich Hamlet · Eastbourne Borough · Ebbsfleet United · Hampton & Richmond Borough · Havant & Waterlooville · Hemel Hempstead Town · Hungerford Town · Maidstone United · Oxford City · Slough Town · St Albans City · Tonbridge Angels · Welling United

2019–20                                                        2021–22

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.