On this day Arsenal ended last season with thumping 5-0 win


Data compiled by Tony Attwood.  Details of some of our special reports and investigations into Arsenal’s history are given on the home page.

25 Years ago today Oleg Luzhny joined Arsenal.

Today’s headline comes from 2023.

Here are the anniversaries

28 May 1914: Frank Bradshaw signed from Everton.  He played in the final pre-war season and then in the four seasons immediately after the war totalling 132 league games with 14 goals.

28 May 1928: Arsenal beat IFK Gothenburg away in a post-season friendly 3-1.

28 May 1934: George Allison became the manager of Arsenal.  Upon the sudden death of Herbert Chapman, Allison had acted as middleman between the board and temporary manager Jo Shaw in  the previous season.  Shaw now (seemingly happily) returned to his duties with the reserves at the end of his triumphal season, and Allison took on the role, ending his reign after the first post-war season having won the league twice and the FA Cup.

28 May 1937: Reg Lewis made first senior appearance in a friendly v Copenhagen and scored twice as Arsenal won 4-1.  His scoring knack continued through his time at Arsenal and he ended his career with 103 league goals in 154 games.

28 May 1956: Johnny Petts signed as a professional.  Although he stayed at the club for five years he only made 32 appearances before moving on to Reading.

28 May 1970: Napoli 0 Swindon Town 3.  Anglo Italian Cup Final.  Match abandoned on 79 minutes due to rioting with 100 people injured.

28 May 1976: Jimmy Rimmer made his only appearance for England, in a 3-2 win against Italy in New York.

28 May 1977: Wimbledon, champions of the Southern League, were elected to the Fourth Division at the expense of Workington.  They went on to beat Liverpool in the cup final in 1988 and stopped Liverpool winning the double.

28 May 1999: Oleg Luzhny joined Arsenal for £1.8m from Dynamo Kyiv. He had been the captain of the side that got to the semi-finals of the 1999 Champions League, beating Real Madrid and Barcelona en route.

28 May 2013: Kyle Ebecilio moved to FC Twente on a free transfer.  He had come to Arsenal from Feyenoord and never played for the Arsenal first team but played for the Netherlands at every level from under 16 to under 21.

28 May 2023: After looking like title winners for much of the season, Arsenal ended the campaign second after a run of poor results near the end.  However on this day Arsenal beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 and received a very powerful show of support as they ended the season with a walk round the pitch after the game was over.

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