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Here we look at the Arsenal record appearances of all-time. Which Arsenal players have made the most appearances? Arsenal player appearances? 

Here we have a list of the top 10 Arsenal top appearances. All-time Arsenal leading appearances? Arsenal Champions League appearances? 

Which Arsenal player has made the all-time most appearances for the Gunners?

Arsenal Record Appearances (All-Time Appearances)

Here is a list of Arsenal top assist makers across all competitions:

Most Overall: 772, David O’Leary

Most League: 558, David O’Leary

Most Premier League: 333, Ray Parlour

Most Europe: 86, Thierry Henry

Most Champions League: 78, Thierry Henry

Most League Cup: 70, David O’Leary

Most consecutive: 172, Tom Parker (3 April 1926 – 26 December 1929)

Most separate spells with the club: Hugh McDonald, 3 (1905–06; 1908–10 and 1912–13)

Highest Appearance Maker For Arsenal: David O’Leary

David O’Leary retired from professional football in 1995, leaving Arsenal in 1993 for Leeds United. Plenty of players have come in and gone from the Gunners ranks but the 60-year-old still holds the record for the most number appearances made for the club.

He had joined the North London outfit back in 1973 only as an apprentice. He made his way through the youth ranks at Highbury to start playing for the reserves two seasons later.

Very quickly, O’Leary’s talents were noticed and the young central defender was thrust into the first team as a 17-year-old. He made 30 appearances in his debut season for the club and was hailed by plenty for his maturity and composure on the pitch.

O’Leary also managed 68 caps for the Republic of Ireland national side, collecting 1 goal for his country. He won the Football League which has come to be known as the Premier League now, twice with Arsenal. He also collected 2 FA Cup trophies, 2 League Cups and a Community Shield during his 20-year association with the side.

He was also named in the League’s team of the season 3 times. O’Leary went on to join Leeds United on a free transfer in 1993 and made 12 league appearances. An injury to his Achilles, unfortunately, cut his time short and the legendary defender had to hang up his boots and move on into management.

O’Leary was appointed as the Lillywhites’ assistant manager when another former Arsenal player, George Graham was given the hot seat at Elland Road. When the latter stepped down from the position, O’Leary was handed over the post and Leeds did remarkably well in the first season under him.

By the end of his tenure as the Leeds boss, O’Leary had spent over £100m without winning any trophies and eventually was sacked as the club dropped down to the League One with £80m in debt.

O’Leary took on managerial positions at Aston Villa and even Al Ahli-Dubai for a short period. He currently lives in Yorkshire with his wife, Joy O’Leary.

Arsenal Top Ten Appearance Makers Of All Time

The following table shows you the top ten Arsenal players who currently hold the club record of the most number of appearances regardless of what competition they have played in:

Arsenal’s top 10 appearance makers
Name Appearances
David O’Leary 722
Tony Adams 669
George Armstrong 621
Lee Dixon 619
Nigel Winterburn 584
David Seaman 564
Pat Rice 528
Peter Storey 501
John Radford 481
Peter Simpson 477

Second Highest Appearance Maker For Arsenal: Tony Adams

Arsenal Record Appearances Tony Adams

Perhaps one of the most iconic players to have ever played for Arsenal and an individual who defines the very morales this club stands on, Tony Adams spent his entire playing career with the Gunners.

He signed for the club as a schoolboy in 1980 and led the club through one of it’s most successful periods as a captain. Adams won the League title 4 times, the FA Cup thrice, the League Cup twice and European Winner’s Cup in 1994.

He also won the PFA Young Player Of The Year in 1987 and was named in the league’s team of the year on 4 different occasions. He was inducted into the English Football Hall Of Fame in 2004 after making 66 appearances for his country and registering 5 international goals to his name.

The former centre-back remains the only player in the history for the Three Lions to have ever played across 3 decades. He finally retired from professional football ahead of the 2002/03 season. His jersey number, 6 is currently worn by Laurent Koscielny who is also a centre-back.

Adams pursued a degree in sports science and eventually took up a managerial post at Wycombe Wanderers. He also managed Feyenoord, Portsmouth, Gabala and Granada, none being as successful as his career as a player.

The Englishman underwent heart surgery in 2015 which he admitted saved his life. He is still a very popular figure among the fans, earning the nickname, ‘Mr. Arsenal’. Adams’ statue still shines brightly outside of the Emirates Stadium.

Youngest Appearance Makers For Arsenal

Arsenal Record Appearances Jack Wilshere Cesc Fabregas

Overall: Cesc Fabregas
(16 years 177 days, Rotherham Utd (h) Lge Cup(3) 28 Oct 2003) (Started match)

In League: Jack Wilshere
(16 years 256 days, Blackburn (a) Lge 13 Sept 2008) (Came on as sub)

In Premier League: Jack Wilshere
(16 years and 256 days, Blackburn R (a) Lge 13 Sept 2008) (Came on as sub)

In Europe: Jack Wilshere
(16 years 329 days, Dynamo Kyiv (h) UCL Group Stge 25 Nov 2008) (Came on as sub)

In FA Cup: Gedion Zelalem
(16 years 363 days v Coventry City (h) FAC3, 24 Jan 2014) (Came on as sub)

Oldest Appearance Makers For Arsenal

Arsenal Record Appearances Jens LehmannOverall: Jock Rutherford
(41 years 159 days, v Man City (h) 20 March 1926) (Started match)

In League: Jock Rutherford
(41 years 159 days, v Man City (h) 20 March 1926) (Started match)

In Premier League: Jens Lehmann
(41 years 151 days v Blackpool (a) 10 April 2011) (Started match)

In Europe: John Lukic
(39 years 311 days, v Lazio (a) UCL Grp Stage 17 Oct 2000) (Started match)

Arsenal Highest Appearances From Fans

Highest Home Attendances

73,295 vs Sunderland 9 March 1935 (League)

Emirates Stadium
60,161 vs Manchester United 3 November 2007 (Premier League)

Wembley Stadium
73,707 vs RC Lens 25 November 1998 (Champions League)

Arsenal Record Appearances FansLowest Home Attendances

4,554 vs Leeds United 5 May 1966 (League)

Emirates Stadium
46,539 vs Shrewsbury Town 20 September 2011 (League Cup)

Wembley Stadium
71,227 vs AIK Solna 22 September 1999 (Champions League)

Most Appearances Competition Wise

# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
1  David O’Leary 1975–1993 558 (11) 70 (1) 70 (2) 21 (0) 3 (0) 722 (14)
2  Tony Adams 1983–2002 504 (32) 54 (8) 59 (5) 48 (3) 4 (0) 669 (48)
3  George Armstrong 1961–1977 500 (53) 60 (10) 35 (3) 26 (2) 0 (0) 621 (68)
4  Lee Dixon 1988–2002 458 (25) 54 (1) 45 (0) 57 (2) 5 (0) 619 (28)
5  Nigel Winterburn 1987–2000 440 (8) 47 (0) 49 (3) 43 (1) 5 (0) 584 (12)
6 David Seaman 1990–2003 405 (0) 48 (0) 38 (0) 69 (0) 4 (0) 564 (0)
7  Pat Rice 1964–1980 397 (12) 67 (1) 36 (0) 27 (0) 1 (0) 528 (13)
8  Peter Storey 1965–1977 391 (9) 51 (4) 37 (2) 22 (2) 0 (0) 501 (17)
9  John Radford 1964–1976 379 (111) 44 (15) 34 (12) 24 (11) 0 (0) 481 (149)
10  Peter Simpson 1964–1978 370 (10) 53 (1) 33 (3) 21 (1) 0 (0) 477 (15)

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