Arsenal have now won 11 matches in a row but club record is 14
Arsenal have now won 11 matches in a row… but Unai Emery’s side still have plenty of work to do to equal the 1987 Gunners side who won 14 on the spin
- Arsenal racked up their 11th consecutive victory against Sporting Lisbon
- Unai Emery’s team have a little more work to do to rewrite history though
- George Graham’s side of 1987 hold club record of 14 consecutive wins
- They won 10 First Division and four League Cup matches in autumn of 1987
- Current team need to beat Crystal Palace, Blackpool and Liverpool to equal it
It’s full steam ahead for Arsenal under Unai Emery, with Thursday night’s 1-0 Europa League win over Sporting Lisbon their 11th on the bounce in all competitions.
The impressive sequence speaks volumes for the quiet revolution the Spaniard is enacting at the Emirates Stadium following 22 years of Arsene Wenger.
But Emery and his Gunners side have a little bit more work to do before they can write themselves into club history.
Arsenal racked up their 11th consecutive victory with a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon
Manager Unai Emery has overseen a brilliant run of results since the end of August
George Graham was manager when Arsenal won 14 consecutive matches back in 1987
Arsenal’s record for consecutive victories is 14 matches, set between September 12, 1987 and November 11, 1987.
George Graham’s team won 10 First Division and four League Cup ties during a memorable run of results.
In order to match that, Emery’s current crop must beat Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday, Blackpool in the fourth round of the EFL Cup next Wednesday and then Liverpool in the league the following Saturday.
Achieve all that and they can establish a new club best by defeating Sporting Lisbon in the return Europa League encounter on November 8.
Alan Smith in action for Arsenal against Derby County during a match in their record run
Kevin Richardson celebrates scoring for the Gunners against Chelsea in November 1987
1987 WINNING RUN
First Division fixtures unless stated
September 12 – Nottingham Forest (A) 1-0
September 19 – Wimbledon (H) 3-0
September 23 – Doncaster Rovers (A) 3-0
League Cup second round, first leg
September 26 – West Ham United (H) 1-0
October 3 – Charlton Athletic (A) 3-0
October 6 – Doncaster Rovers (H) 1-0
League Cup second round, second leg
October 10 – Oxford United (H) 2-0
October 18 – Tottenham Hotspur (A) 2-1
October 24 – Derby County (H) 2-1
October 27 – Bournemouth (H) 3-0
League Cup third round
October 31 – Newcastle United (A) 1-0
November 3 – Chelsea (H) 3-1
November 14 – Norwich City (A) 4-2
November 17 – Stoke City (H) 3-0
League Cup fourth round
2018 WINNING RUN
Premier League fixtures unless stated
August 25 – West Ham United (H) 3-1
September 2 – Cardiff City (A) 3-2
September 15 – Newcastle United (A) 2-1
September 20 – Vorskla Poltava (H) 4-2
UEFA Europa League group stage
September 23 – Everton (H) 2-0
September 26 – Brentford (H) 3-1
EFL Cup third round
September 29 – Watford (H) 2-0
October 4 – Qarabag (A) 3-0
UEFA Europa League group stage
October 7 – Fulham (A) 5-1
October 22 – Leicester City (H) 3-1
October 25 – Sporting Lisbon (A) 1-0
UEFA Europa League group stage
October 28 vs Crystal Palace (A)
October 31 vs Blackpool (H)
EFL Cup fourth round
November 3 vs Liverpool (H)
The record run began on September 12, 1987 when Alan Smith scored the only goal of the game against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
There then came league wins over Wimbledon, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Oxford United, Tottenham Hotspur, Derby County, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Norwich City.
In addition, they twice beat Doncaster Rovers in a two-legged League Cup tie, before eliminating Bournemouth and Stoke City.
The run came to an end when Southampton claimed a 1-0 victory at Highbury on November 21.
Despite their positive beginning to the season, Arsenal would tail off to eventually finish sixth as Liverpool claimed the title some 24 points ahead of them.
The Gunners did reach the final of the League Cup, only to lose 3-2 to Luton Town at Wembley Stadium.
We take a look back at some of the players from that record-setting Arsenal side.
Young Arsenal defender Tony Adams takes on Liverpool’s Peter Beardsley during a 1987 game
ARSENAL’S 1987 HISTORY MAKERS
John Lukic – the Gunners’ goalkeeper was an ever-present that season and the fans favourite who had worn the gloves since the 1984-85 season. In all, he played 238 league matches for the club over two spells.
Michael Thomas – having made his league debut earlier that year, Thomas established himself as a regular right-back in 1987-88. Famously scored the injury time goal at Anfield to win Arsenal the title in 1989.
Kenny Sansom – Proved to be the captain’s final season with Arsenal having led them to League Cup success in 1987. Played over 300 league matches for the club over eight years.
Steve Williams – Another man in his final season with the club, Williams had thrived on the right side of midfield but eventually lost his place to Thomas and moved to Luton.
Michael Thomas scores his famous title-clinching goal at Liverpool in 1989
Arsenal winning runs
14 matches – September 12, 1987 until November 17, 1987
13 – March 23, 2002 until August 18, 2002
12 – August 25, 2007 until October 23, 2007
12 – March 16, 2000 until May 6, 2000
11 – August 25, 2018 until present
10 – February 7, 2004 until March 20, 2004
David O’Leary – the Irish centre-half was in the midst of a 20-year Arsenal career that saw him amass a record 722 first-team matches. Would win two league titles, two FA Cups and two League Cups during that time.
Tony Adams – the future Arsenal captain had just made his breakthrough into the side, eventually forming a formidable back line with Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Steve Bould. Assumed the captain’s armband, aged 21, later that season.
David Rocastle – ‘Rocky’ became a firm fan favourite with his skilful performances in the Arsenal midfield. In all, he played 228 times and scored 34 goals for Arsenal. Sadly passed away from cancer aged 33 in 2001.
Paul Davis – the midfielder came through the ranks at Arsenal before enjoying a 15-year career with the clubs, winning the First Division in 1989 and 1991 as well as a series of cup competitions.
David Rocastle playing for Arsenal in 1987 – the midfielder became a Highbury fan favourite
Alan Smith – regular goalscorer who had arrived from Leicester City in the summer of 1987 and scored 16 goals that season. Scored a total of 115 goals in his eight campaigns with the club.
Perry Groves – the hard-working winger had signed from Colchester in 1986 and ousted Charlie Nicholas to partner Smith in attack. Remained with the club until 1992.
Graham Rix – an Arsenal stalwart after over a decade at the club, he was coming to the end of his time at Highbury but still played a number of matches on the left wing.
George Graham (manager) – appointed in 1986 with a brief to restore Arsenal the trophy-winning force they had been during his playing days at Highbury, Graham won the League Cup in his first season in charge. They would achieve consistent high finishes in the league during his nine-year tenure, winning the championship in 1989 and 1991. They also claimed the FA Cup in 1993 and another League Cup that same year, plus the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following season.
Alan Smith scores for Arsenal against Oxford United at Highbury during their winning streak
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