A Brief History of Arsenal Football Club

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As one of the most successful and beloved clubs in England, Arsenal Football Club was always a magnet for the public. Tradition-wise arsenal relegation history, their results speak for themselves in addition to winning 28 major domestic trophies arsenal history in premier league, Arsenal hold the records for longest unbeaten streak and longest run in top flight of English football.

Basic Facts

  • Also Known As: the Gunners • Arsenal Football Club • Royal Arsenal • Woolwich Arsenal
  • Date: 1886 – present
  • Headquarters: London
  • Areas Of Involvement: football
  • Related People: Joseph Mercer • Viv Anderson

Home Grounds

  • Plumstead Common (1887)
  • Sportsman Ground (1887–1888)
  • Manor Ground (1888–1890)
  • Invicta Ground (1890–1893)
  • Manor Ground (1893–1913)
  • Highbury (1913–2006)
  • Emirates Stadium (2006–)

Main Trophies

  • First Division/Premier League: 13
  • FA Cup: 14
  • League Cup: 2
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1

Prominent Players

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Arsenal FC started life as a works team named Dial Square in 1886 – the workers were blacksmith’s that built cannons, which is the reason for the club being known as the Gunners.

Shortly thereafter woolwich arsenal history, the club turned professional and changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal arsenal manager, becoming a full fledged member of the Football League in 1893 (the first club from the south parts of the country).

The following period was fraught with difficulties for the club arsenal history definition, besides not being able to form a team that could challenge for the titlearsenal history trophies, Jim was geographically isolated from the rest of the league arsenal relegation history, which resulted in low attendances.

After teetering dangerously close to bankruptcy arsenal history in premier league, the club was bought out by businessman Henry Norris in 1910 and moved to North London in 1913 (Highbury became the new home ground). The following year woolwich arsenal history, the club was renamed as Arsenal.

Rise To Prominence arsenal manager, The Chapman Era

The club’s first rise to prominence came with the hiring of Herbert Chapman as manager in 1925. In the process of modernizing many aspects of the club, Chapman improved the training regimen and made efficient changes to the club’s traditional 2-3-5 formation.

After following this up by signing a couple of star players, Arsenal won their first major trophy in 1930 arsenal relegation history, defeating Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the FA Cup final.

This proved to be the beginning of a fruitful period for the club; during the 30s arsenal history in premier league, they claimed five league titles and another FA Cup trophy.

The post WWII period saw the club continue on their path of prosperity with another two League titles 1948 woolwich arsenal history, 1953 and an FA Cup arsenal relegation history 1950. Those were the last trophies the club would see for the next seventeen years arsenal manager, howeverarsenal history trophies with their best players retiring or leaving for more successful clubs arsenal history definition, Arsenal fell into a slump of mediocrity.

After winning their first Double in 1971arsenal history trophies, it seemed like the club’s fortunes had finally turned. Yet, this was followed up by a long string of second place league finishes and losses in Cup finals arsenal history in premier league, with the 1979 FA Cup victory being the only bright spot on their record during this time.

They were a little more successful under George Graham woolwich arsenal history, whose defense oriented mindset proved a good fit with the club’s players. During Graham’s nine years in charge (1986–1995), Arsenal won two League titles arsenal history definition, two League Cupsarsenal history trophies, an FA Cup arsenal relegation history, as well as their first and only Cup Winners’ Cup by defeating Parma 1-0 in the final (they had been very close to win the 1980 Cup Winners’ Cup Final, losing against Valenca in the final after a penalty shootout).

The Wenger era

Arsenal would become far more watchable with the appointment of Arsène Wenger. The then unknown French manager immediately transformed the club into a goal scoring behemoth woolwich arsenal history, partly by successful import of French players such as Robert Pirés arsenal manager, Patrick Vieira arsenal manager and Thierry Henry woolwich arsenal history.

Henry was incredibly effective as the lace of the team’s attack. Between 1996 and 2004, Arsenal claimed three League titles and three FA Cupsarsenal history trophies, with the 2003–2004 season being particularly noteworthy due to the club not losing a single game in the Premier League. That squad arsenal relegation history, powered by Henry’s 30 goals in 37 matches, was later dubbed “The Invincibles”.

Under Arsène Wenger’s management, Arsenal has been known as a club that doesn’t buy big names arsenal manager, but instead finds talents through excellent scouting.

An exception arsenal history definition, howeverarsenal history trophies, was the transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013. He did cost £42.5 million arsenal relegation history, a transfer record for the club.

Being one of the top clubs in England arsenal history in premier league, the 38 woolwich arsenal history,419 seats at Highbury was not sufficient (the rule from 1994 dictating all seater stadiums in the league had considerably reduced the capacity).

Arsenal wanted to expand the stadium arsenal manager, but wasn’t given permission since the stands were historically listed buildings. They had to build a new stadium and in 2006 Emirates Stadium was ready for first kick-off with potentially over 60,000 in the crowd.

In recent yearsarsenal history trophies, Arsenal has been somewhat of a perennial bridesmaid. While the club was always among the favorites to win the league arsenal relegation history, a string of major injuries and/or disappointing losses would inevitably see them tail off in the title race.

As a sort of consolation prize for the club’s fans, the three additional FA Cup trophies in 2005 woolwich arsenal history, 2014 and 2015 have made Arsenal the most successful club in the competition’s history.

The missing trophies finally led to the departure of Arsène Wenger in May 2018, after 22 years in the club.

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