Arsenal Hit 26 (Yes, Twenty-Six) Against French Team On This Day, 5th December 1904

Tiredness is not a modern footballing phenomena, Arsenal “only” led 8 – 1 at half-time before the visitors conceded 18 (yes, eighteen) in the second forty-five minutes. Think about that. Every 2½ minutes, the Parisian goalkeeper was picking the ball out of the net.

Whilst it is tempting to claim this as a record high score by the Arsenal first XI, it was very much the equivalent of a League Cup team with less than half the team made up of players who could be described as regulars. Robert Watson, for example, scored seven in this match but played in just 10 full fixtures for the club and scored one goal in them.

Parisian XI 26 - 1