Anders Limpar - Arsenal FC - League appearances

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 14 April 1991

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      Left Winger
      Tuesday, 24 August 1965
      Solna, Sweden.
  • Arsenal FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 25th August 1990 in a 3-0 win at Wimbledon (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      76 League apps (+20 as sub), 17 goals
  • Everton FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 26th March 1994 in a 1-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur (Aged: 28)
    • Club Career
      51 League apps (+15 as sub), 5 goals
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Anders LIMPAR - Arsenal FC - League appearances

Anders Limpar is pictured playing for Arsenal during their F.A. Cup semi-final against Spurs.



Brommapojkama:   1980-1986     Played   77     Scored   12   goals
Orgryte:   1986-1988     Played   47     Scored   9   goals   (Allsvenska)
Young Boys, Berne:   1988-1989     Played   17     Scored   6   goals
Cremonese:   1989-1990     Played   24     Scored   3   goals   (Serie A)
Transferred on 6/8/1990 for £1,000,000
Arsenal:   1990-1991     Played   34     Scored   11   goals   (Division 1)
     1991-1992     Played   29     Scored   4   goals   (Division 1)
     1992-1993     Played   23     Scored   2   goals   (Premiership)
     1993-1994     Played   10     Scored   0   goals   (Premiership)
Transferred to Everton on 24/3/1994 for £1,600,000



Photograph of Anders Limpar taken 24th. October 1992 by Nigel French.  ˙ © G.H.



Swedish international Anders Limpar moved to Highbury from Italian side Cremonese for £1m in August 1990, having represented his country in that summer's World Cup in Italy. He quickly settled into life at Highbury and played an important role in the Gunners winning their 10th Football League Championship in his first season. In September, Limpar played a starring role in a crushing 4-1 win over Chelsea at Highbury; the Swede scoring his first Gunners goal. A month later though, Arsenal faced Manchester United at Old Trafford in a match that was to become infamous. Limpar struck the only goal in the 40th minute, his effort from an acute angle deceived United keeper Les Sealey and crept over the line, but much more was to follow. In the second half a mass brawl involving all but one of the 22 players broke out. Arsenal fined four of their men, including Limpar, and the FA decided to dock the Gunners two points, and United one.


This setback, coupled with Tony Adams' imprisonment for drink-driving, seemed to bond Arsenal closer though, and they were to lose just once in the league all season, clinching the title when Nottingham Forest defeated Liverpool 2-1 in an early kick-off. A carnival atmosphere took hold at Highbury as the Gunners prepared for their fixture later that afternoon against none other than Manchester United, and the Arsenal players did not disappoint the 42, 229 packed inside the stadium, sweeping United aside 3-1 with a hat-trick from Alan Smith. The final league game saw the Gunners romp to a 6-1 victory against Coventry City, Anders grabbing a hat-trick to put the seal on a memorable first season in English football. His overall contribution was a hugely impressive 11 goals in 34 league games, with two more in the FA Cup.


The following campaign was, however, disappointing by comparison. Highlights included a 6-1 win against FK Austria in the European Cup and a 7-1 rout of Sheffield Wednesday in the league; Limpar scoring once in the former, twice in the latter. The Swede also scored one of the goals of the season, a stunning 40 yard chip over a stranded Mike Hooper in a 4-0 win thrashing of Liverpool. The Gunners only finished fourth in the league though, and suffered an embarrassing FA Cup Third Round defeat at the hands of bottom of the Fourth Division Wrexham. The Premiership was born in the summer of 1992, although Arsenal didn't set its first season alight, finishing a highly disappointing 10th in the table, with Limpar managing only 2 league goals in 23 outings (11 of which were as a sub). When the Swede was selected for neither the FA Cup or League Cup finals - Arsenal won both to become the first team to win both domestic cup competitions in the same season, beating Sheffield Wednesday in each - the writing was clearly on the wall. He played just 10 games in the league in 1993-94 before a £1.6m move to Everton in March 1994, a handsome profit for the Gunners on a player who had served them well. (Mark Jones)