Vermaelen makes Arsenal history after single appearance
New signing Thomas Vermaelen followed up Samir Nasri’s exploits a year ago by scoring in his first ever game as a Gunner.
The former Ajax captain has already made his mark in Arsenal’s books after just one appearance and according to the club’s history, Vermaelen is the 84th Arsenal player to score on his debut and 23rd to accomplish that feat since the World War.
What is remakable about the Belgian’s achievement is the fact that few defenders make the list of dream debutants.
Vermaelen joins Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor and Samir Nasri as the only debut-scorers in Arsène Wenger’s era.
The list below are scorers when a league match was their major competition debut. Debut scorers in other competitions include Raphael Meade (Europe), Ian Wright and Danny Karbassiyoon (League Cup) and Gilberto (Charity Shield).
Below is a partial list of the historic scorers.
|Samir Nasri||West Bromwich Albion||Aug 16, 2008|
|Emmanuel Adebayor||Birmingham City||Feb 4, 2006|
|Freddie Ljungberg||Manchester United||Sep 20, 1998|
|Niall Quinn||Liverpool||Dec 14, 1985|
|Graham Rix||Leicester City||Apr 2, 1977|
|Wilf Rostron||Newcastle United||Mar 18, 1975|
|Brian Kidd||Leicester City||Aug 17, 1974|
|Peter Marinello||Manchester United||Jan 10, 1970|
|George Graham||Leicester City||Oct 1, 1966|
|Jon Sammels||Blackpool||Apr 27, 1963|
|Joe Baker||Leyton Orient||Aug 18, 1962|
|Terry Neill||Sheffield Wednesday||Dec 23, 1960|
|George Eastham||Bolton Wanderers||Dec 10, 1960|
|Geoff Strong||Newcastle United||Sep 17, 1960|
|Len Julians||Luton Town||Dec 26, 1958|
|Jackie Henderson||West Bromwich Albion||Oct 4, 1958|
|Tommy Docherty||Burnley||Aug 26, 1958|
|Vic Groves||Sheffield United||Nov 12, 1955|
|Derek Tapscott||Liverpool||Apr 10, 1954|
|Donald Oakes||Aston Villa||Aug 23, 1952|
|Peter Goring||Chelsea||Aug 24, 1949|
|Alex Forbes||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Mar 6, 1948|
|Ronnie Rooke||Charlton Athletic||Dec 14, 1946|