Arsenal Football Club

Arsenal F.C. (also known as gunners) is a professional football club that plays in the top English league, ‘Premier League’.

The club is based in northern part of London, and was the first team to join The Football League from the south of England in 1893. The club’s home ground is called Emirates Stadium, which opened in 2006 and has a capacity of more than 60,000.

Arsenal Club History

The club was founded in late 1886 by a group of workers in Woolwich. They called themselves ‘The Dial Square’. After just a short time the club name was changed to Royal Arsenal. They turned professional in 1891 and became a limited liability company in 1893.

That was the time that they registered their new name ‘Woolwich Arsenal’. In 1910, due to bankruptcy and financial problems the club was shut down. Then Henry Norris and William Hall came to their rescue and moved the club to North London. In 1915, Woolwich was swapped from their name and the club became known as Arsenal Football Club.

In the 1914-15 season, Arsenal finished fifth in the second division. This was the last season before World War I so there was no play in the remaining years. The play resumed in 1919 with the first division extending from 20 to 22 teams. Most people expected that the two clubs which relegated, Chelsea and Tottenham, would retain their places.

At the football league’s annual general meeting, league’s chairman made a passionate speech and recommended to promote Arsenal to the first division instead of Tottenham. He said that Arsenal deserved the first division ahead of Tottenham Hotspur as the gunners joined the league 15 years before them. The voting was done and Arsenal won by 10 votes. Stories are that the Arsenal’s owner at that time influenced the chairman’s speech, but who knows what the fact is.

Arsenal Supporters, the Gooners

The Arsenal supporters are known as ‘gooners’. Arsenal has faithful and loyal supporters and the most of the home matches are sell-outs. The fan-base is quite large and comes from various classes. Fanzines are also published by club’s supporters. Most notable of them are The Gooner and The Gun Flash.

Arsenal supporters usually are heard singing ‘One-Nil to the Arsenal’. They have a very large fan-base from all over the world. SPORT+MARKT estimated in a report that Arsenal had a global fan-base of 113 million in 2011. The club also has a very large social media activity.

Notable Arsenal Players

Arsenal had a rich footballing history and had several players that helped the club achieve great success. Many legends were produced by the club, some of them are

  • Thierry Henry was a legend and a record goal scorer for the club.
  • Dennis Bergkamp was an inventive striker who had an immaculate control and scored some amazing wonder goals.
  • Tony Adams was nicknamed Mr. Arsenal because he spent entire 22 year playing career with Arsenal.
  • Patrick Viera was a combative centre midfielder who had an astounding physical presence.
  • Ian Wright was a lethal goal scorer who helped the club win many trophies.

Club Rivalry

Arsenal in their history has 3 main rivals.

  1. Chelsea rivalry dates back many years with each squad having significant success but the modern rivalry has really heated up. There are many reasons of this rivalry but the foremost reason is that both the clubs are based in London.
  2. Manchester United and Arsenal each has a glorious history in soccer but there was always one of these two teams winning titles, while the other teams remained in middle of the table.
  3. Arsenal’s third and most intense rival is Tottenham Hotspur. The rivalry began when Arsenal moved their home in 1913 to a place only 5 miles from where Tottenham Hotspur played. This rivalry really escalated with that vote scandal when Arsenal was promoted to division 1 ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

Stats & Records

  • Arsenal has spent 101 seasons in the top flight including more than 90 consecutive seasons.
  • The club has 30 major trophies including an English record 13 FA Cups, 13 First Division Titles, 2 League Cups, 1 UEFA Cup
  • David O’Leary has most appearances with 772 appearances for the club.
  • Thierry Henry has the most number of goals for the club with 228 goals.
  • Arsenal has finished below fourteenth in the top flight only seven times.
  • Arsenal has been in the top flight for the most consecutive seasons.
  • Arsenal has won the second most top flight league matches in English football history.
  • They hold the record for the longest run of unbeaten League matches.

The Invincibles

38 matches, 26 wins, 12 draws and no defeats saw the Arsene Wenger’s team storm to the Premier League titles, becoming the first team since 1889 to remain undefeated in the whole season in world’s toughest league.

Arsene Wenger arrived in England from Japan with the headlines reading, ’Arsene who?’ The questions were answered by the man himself, as he brought a new mentality to the Arsenal Club. He had an immediate impact producing teams that had a distinctive impact on English football.

His brand of possession football became well-known and his team always had flair, pace and power. These qualities helped them win 2 league titles and 3 FA Cups in the first 7 years of his appointment. By 2003 Wenger had established a squad that was the envy of most of the Europe.

On 15th May 2004 they won the Premier League title without losing a single game in the whole season, they achieved a distinguishing feat. Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry were in their golden form during this season and were the most impressive among all. This unbeaten run of Arsenal lasted 49 games and went deep into the next season as they became known as ‘Invincibles’, in fact they were invincibles.

Official Name Arsenal Football Club
Chairman Sir Chips Keswick
Head Coach Unai Emery
Premier League 2017-18 6th Position
Ground Emirates Stadium

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