1986–87 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal F.C.
1986–87 season
ChairmanPeter Hill-Wood
ManagerGeorge Graham
First Division4th
FA CupQuarter-finals
League CupWinners
Top goalscorerLeague: Martin Hayes (19)
All: Martin Hayes (24)

The 1986–87 season saw the return to Arsenal of their former player George Graham as manager. Graham had been appointed just after the end of the previous season as successor to Don Howe who had resigned in late March. He had been a member of Arsenal's double winning team in 1971, but Arsenal had gone since 1979 without winning a major trophy, finishing seventh in the two seasons leading up to Graham's arrival and finishing as low as 10th in 1983.

Arsenal started the season well and were top of the league by Christmas, but a 10-match winless run went against their title hopes in the second half of the season and they eventually finished fourth, with Everton finishing champions for the second time in three seasons. Compensation for the failed title bid came in the form of the club's first ever Football League Cup victory, which came with a 2–1 win over Liverpool in the Wembley final. Charlie Nicholas scored both of Arsenal's goals.

Tony Adams, the 20-year-old centre-half who played in every single game for Arsenal this season, was voted PFA Young Player of the Year. Striker Niall Quinn and wingers David Rocastle and Martin Hayes both became regular members of the first team this season, with Hayes finishing as Arsenal's top scorer with 24 goals.


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG John Lukic
DF England ENG Viv Anderson
DF England ENG Kenny Sansom (captain)
MF England ENG Steve Williams
DF Republic of Ireland IRL David O'Leary
DF England ENG Tony Adams
MF England ENG David Rocastle
MF England ENG Paul Davis
FW Republic of Ireland IRL Niall Quinn
FW Scotland SCO Charlie Nicholas
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW England ENG Martin Hayes
MF England ENG Perry Groves
MF England ENG Graham Rix
MF England ENG Michael Thomas
DF England ENG Gus Caesar
GK Wales WAL Rhys Wilmot
MF England ENG Ian Allinson
FW England ENG Paul Merson
MF England ENG Stewart Robson


First Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
2 Liverpool 42 23 8 11 72 42 +30 77 Excluded from the 1987–88 UEFA Cup[a]
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 21 8 13 68 43 +25 71
4 Arsenal 42 20 10 12 58 35 +23 70 League Cup winners, excluded from the 1987–88 UEFA Cup[a]
5 Norwich City 42 17 17 8 53 51 +2 68
6 Wimbledon 42 19 9 14 57 50 +7 66
Source:[citation needed]
  1. ^ a b All English teams were banned by UEFA from its competitions from the season 1985–86 on until the season 1990–91 because of the Heysel Disaster in 1985.
23 August 1986 1Arsenal1–0Manchester UnitedLondon
Nicholas Goal Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 41,382
26 August 1986 2Coventry City2–1ArsenalCoventry
Anderson Goal Stadium: Highfield Road
Attendance: 11,182
30 August 1986 3Liverpool2–1ArsenalLiverpool
Mølby Goal 19' (pen.)
Rush Goal 57'
Adams Goal Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 38,637
2 September 1986 4Arsenal2–0Sheffield WednesdayLondon
Quinn Goal
Adams Goal
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 20,101
6 September 1986 5Arsenal0–0Tottenham HotspurLondon
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 44,707
13 September 1986 6Luton Town0–0ArsenalLuton
Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 9,876
20 September 1986 7Arsenal0–0Oxford UnitedLondon
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 20,676
4 October 1986 9Everton0–1ArsenalLiverpool
Williams Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 30,007
11 October 1986 10Arsenal3–1WatfordLondon
Groves Goal
Hayes Goal pen.'
Quinn Goal
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 24,076
25 October 1986 12Arsenal3–1ChelseaLondon
Hayes Goal pen.' Goal
Rocastle Goal
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 32,990
8 November 1986 14Arsenal0–0West Ham UnitedLondon
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 36,084
15 November 1986 15Southampton0–4ArsenalSouthampton
Hayes Goal pen.'
Quinn Goal
Groves Goal
Stadium: The Dell
Attendance: 18,728
22 November 1986 16Arsenal3–0Manchester CityLondon
Quinn Goal
Anderson Goal
Adams Goal
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 29,009
29 November 1986 17Aston Villa0–4ArsenalBirmingham
Hayes Goal
Groves Goal
own goal
Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 21,658
6 December 1986 18Arsenal3–1Queens Park RangersLondon
Hayes Goal Goal
Quinn Goal
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 34,049
13 December 1986 19Norwich City1–1ArsenalNorwich
Hayes Goal pen.' Stadium: Carrow Road
Attendance: 21,409
20 December 1986 20Arsenal3–0Luton TownLondon
Quinn Goal
Adams Goal
Hayes Goal
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 28,217
26 December 1986 21Leicester City1–1ArsenalLeicester
Hayes Goal pen.' Stadium: Filbert Street
Attendance: 19,205
27 December 1986 22Arsenal1–0SouthamptonLondon
Quinn Goal Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,118
1 January 1987 23Arsenal3–1WimbledonLondon
Nicholas Goal Goal
Hayes Goal pen.'
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 36,144
4 January 1987 24Tottenham Hotspur1–2ArsenalLondon
Adams Goal
Davis Goal
Stadium: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 37,723
18 January 1987 25Arsenal0–0Coventry CityLondon
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 17,561
24 January 1987 26Manchester United2–0ArsenalManchester
Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 51,367
14 February 1987 27Sheffield Wednesday1–1ArsenalSheffield
Quinn Goal Stadium: Hillsborough
Attendance: 24,792
25 February 1987 28Oxford United0–0ArsenalOxford
Stadium: Manor Ground
Attendance: 13,296
7 March 1987 29Chelsea1–0ArsenalLondon
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 29,301
10 March 1987 30Arsenal0–1LiverpoolLondon
Rush Goal 20' Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 47,777
17 March 1987 31Arsenal0–0Nottingham ForestLondon
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 18,352
21 March 1987 32Watford2–0ArsenalWatford
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Attendance: 18,172
28 March 1987 33Arsenal0–1EvertonLondon
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 36,218
8 April 1987 34West Ham United3–1ArsenalLondon
Hayes Goal pen.' Stadium: Boleyn Ground
Attendance: 26,174
11 April 1987 35Arsenal2–1Charlton AthleticLondon
Davis Goal
Hayes Goal
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 26,111
14 April 1987 36Arsenal0–1Newcastle UnitedLondon
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 17,353
18 April 1987 37Wimbledon1–2ArsenalLondon
Merson Goal
Davis Goal
Stadium: Plough Lane
Attendance: 8,515
20 April 1987 38Arsenal4–1Leicester CityLondon
Hayes Goal pen.' Goal
Davis Goal
Nicholas Goal
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 18,767
25 April 1987 39Manchester City3–0ArsenalManchester
Stadium: Maine Road
Attendance: 18,072
2 May 1987 40Arsenal2–1Aston VillaLondon
Hayes Goal pen.' Goal Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 18,463
9 May 1987 42Arsenal1–2Norwich CityLondon
Merson Goal Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 24,001

Football League Cup[edit]

23 September 1986 Second round
(1st Leg)
Arsenal2 – 0Huddersfield TownLondon
Davis Goal
Quinn Goal
Stadium: Highbury
7 October 1986 Second round
(2nd Leg)
Huddersfield Town1 – 1
(1 – 3 agg.)
Hayes Goal Stadium: Leeds Road
28 October 1986 Third roundArsenal3 – 1Manchester CityLondon
Rocastle Goal
Hayes (p) Goal
Davis Goal
Stadium: Highbury
18 November 1986 Fourth roundArsenal2 – 0Charlton AthleticLondon
Quinn Goal
own goal Goal
Stadium: Highbury
21 January 1987 Quarter-FinalArsenal2 – 0Nottingham ForestLondon
Nicholas Goal
Hayes Goal
Stadium: Highbury
8 February 1987 Semi-Final
(1st Leg)
Arsenal0 – 1Tottenham HotspurLondon
Stadium: Highbury
1 March 1987 Semi-Final
(2nd Leg)
Tottenham Hotspur1 – 2 (aet)
(2 – 2 agg.)
Anderson Goal
Quinn Goal
Stadium: White Hart Lane
5 April 1987 FinalArsenal2 – 1LiverpoolLondon
Nicholas (2) Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 96,000

FA Cup[edit]

Arsenal entered the FA Cup in the third round proper, in which they were drawn to face Reading.

10 January 1987 Third roundReading1 – 3ArsenalReading
Senior Goal 22' Nicholas Goal 20'52'
Hayes Goal 36' (pen.)
Stadium: Elm Park
21 February 1987 Fifth roundArsenal2 – 0BarnsleyLondon
Hayes (pen)
Stadium: Highbury
14 March 1987 Sixth roundArsenal1 – 3WatfordLondon
Allinson Goal 12' Blissett Goal 23'88'
Barnes Goal 52'
Stadium: Highbury

Top scorers[edit]

First Division[edit]


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