History

History began in 1886

Arsenal is a football club from England, founded in 1886 as ‘Dial Square’ and has a huge history. The club changed it’s name in ‘Woolwich Arsenal’ because the founders of the club were originally weapon manufacturers from the weapons factory in South-London. Because of that, the nickname ‘The Gunners’ was pretty obvious. The cannon in the club’s logo still reflects to that weapons factory.

The club colours

Arsenal play their games in red and white. But thas was not always the case. After founding the club in 1886, the club were in need of a kit. Two of the club’s founders were former Nottingham Forest players who moved to Woolwich for work. They asked their former team to send them a kit and they did. The first games were played in a shirt that was a dark shade of red, combined with white shorts and white socks with blue hoops. The well-known white sleeves were added in the time when Herbert Chapman was the manager. It is being said that he once was inspired by a man he played golf with, playing in a brighter shade of red and with white sleeves. He updated the kit based that man’s outfit. The club played in those colours ever since, except for two short periods. In the 1966/68 season the club played in an all-red kit but that proved very unpopular so the familiar kit was restored immediately the following season. The other exception was the 2005/06 season, Arsenal’s last season at the old Highbury stadium. Arsenal played in that commemorative same dark red shade as in the first season at Highbury.

The Stadium

Arsenal play their home games at the Emirates Stadium since August 2006. Before that, Highbury was the club’s home stadium since 1913. The club moved from Highbury to the new stadium on May 6 2006.

The Managers

Arsène Wenger was appointed as manager by Arsenal on the 1st of October in 1996 and he is still the manager at this moment, which makes him the longest serving and also most successful manager in the history of Arsenal. Well-worth noting: Arsenal have never finished outside the top 4 except for Wenger’s first year in charge and have qualified for Champions League football every year since until the 2016-17 season when Arsenal finished in fifth place. That’s a record of 19 years of Champions League football in a row. The club has been managed by a number of other managers in the past, with probably the biggest two predecessors of Wenger being Herbert Chapman and George Graham.

The North London Derby

On the day the fixtures for the next season are released, Gooners all over the world will mark their calenders on the dates Arsenal are playing Tottenham Hotspur. There is a fierce rivalry between the two clubs. The rivalry started when Arsenal moved north of the river back in 1913. The club left the Woolwich area and moved up north to Islington, which is not far from Tottenham’s home ground. Arsenal fans celebrate St. Totteringham’s Day every year on the day Spurs can no longer catch Arsenal in the league. In the 2016/17 season, Arsenal’s streak of 21 years celebrating this day came to an end. However, there is still a huge difference in the amount of times Arsenal got to celebrate it to when they did not. Arsenal fans often refer to that by telling Spurs fans to “Mind the gap”. North London is red!

The Invincibles: Arsenal’s 49 games unbeaten run

The club has won the English Premier League on a number of times in history, among which the 2003/04 season when Arsenal got through the season undefeated. This made Arsenal the first club since Preston North End in 1888/89 to achieve such a record. This performance led to a European record of 49 league games unbeaten. Their non-losing streak went from 7 May 2003 (winning 6-1 against Southampton) to 16 October 2004 (winning 3-1 against Aston Villa). In the 50th game Arsenal lost to rivals Manchester United.

The 2006 UEFA Champions League final

In 2006 Arsenal got into the UEFA Champions League final. FC Barcelona was the opponent in the Stade de France in Paris. Arsenal managed to grab the lead through a Sol Campbell goal, but lost 2-1 to the Spanish giants in the end, and also saw goalkeeper Jens Lehmann being sent off. It was Arsenal’s first ever appearance in the Champions League final.

Full list of honours:

The club’s trophy cabinet is filled with loads of silverware from both history and recent times. Here’s a full list of all the silverware the club has won in the past.

Premier League (13):

1930/31, 1932/33, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1937/38, 1947/48, 1952/53, 1970/71, 1988/89, 1990/91, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04

FA Cup (13):

1929/30, 1935/36, 1949/50, 1970/71, 1978/79, 1992/93, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2016/17

League Cup (2):

1986/87, 1992/93

FA Community Shield (15):

1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2017

European Cup Winners’ Cup (1):

1993/94

European Fairs Cup (1):

1969/70

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