Bollington, Cheshire born right half Arthur Gaskell began his football career playing for Bollington United and Bollington St John’s before signing for First Division club Bolton Wanderers, for whom he made his Football League debut at Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1905. He wasn’t picked for the first team again until April 1906 but from then he was a first team regular and missed only one match in their 1906-07 campaign in a season in which he scored both of his career goals in wins over Liverpool and Newcastle United. However he missed more than half of Bolton’s matches in their 1907-08 campaign which ended in The Trotters’ relegation, but they returned to the top flight immediately with Gaskell missing only 3 matches as they won the 1908-09 Second Division Championship.
Gaskell played only 10 matches in the first half of Bolton’s 1909-10 season, of which 8 were lost, before losing his place in December after 110 appearances for Bolton Wanderers. After their relegation at the season end, he remained in the reserves until he joined Manchester League club Macclesfield Town. He had a difficult start at Macclesfield as he was injured on his debut against Hurst in early December and, on his return at the end of December he was injured again. Gaskell left Macclesfield to take up a coaching role with a Moscow club returning to the side on 8th March 1913. His one goal in 13 appearances for The Silkmen came in his third match after his return in the 2-2 home draw against Hurst in March 1913 when he incurred another injury. He made four appearances in November 1913 but then it was reported that he had left Macclesfield to join an unnamed Football League club. After his playing career was over Gaskell became a coach and went on to manage Croatian side HŠK Građanski Zagreb between 1921 and 1924 where he won the 1923 Yugoslav Football Championship.