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Arsenal

Arsenal are one of English football’s most well-supported clubs. The Gunners have won 13 league titles, 13 FA Cups, and two League Cups since their formation in 1886. Although the European Cup and Champions League have long alluded the London-based club, Arsenal did secure the much-loved Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.

The club was founded in 1886 by workers at the Woolwich munitions factory. The group of footballers called themselves Dial Square thanks to the sun dial that adorned the entrance of the factory.

Arsenal’s famous red shirt came courtesy of Nottingham Forest as former players at the provincial club joined Woolwich. The former Nottingham Forest players were given old shirts no longer in use by the club and these jerseys became the first ever red tops worn by Arsenal.

During their first few years as a club, Arsenal’s original name changed from Dial Square to Royal Arsenal to Woolwich Arsenal in 1893.

In 1913, the club moved to Arsenal Stadium in Highbury. The famed ground would be more commonly known as Highbury and over the years, it became legendary as one of the top football stadiums in England.

The 1930s were a time of tremendous success and wealth at the club. Arsenal won five First Division titles between 1930 and 1938. They won just two titles over the next two decades as an era of mediocrity set in at Highbury.

However, the 1970s began a new period for Arsenal as they won a First Division title, two FA Cups, and two League Cups. Despite some silverware going Arsenal’s way, trophies were still an unexpected surprise. It was this time period that inspired the writing of Arsenal fan Nick Hornby’s seminal novel Fever Pitch.

The iconic book details the main character’s life and love of the Gunners throughout the 1980s with its climax coming with the Gunners’ first league title in 18 years. On a dramatic night an Anfield, Arsenal defeated Liverpool 2-0 to win the 1988-89 title on goal difference. It was an unlikely title that ushered in further success.

The 1990s and 2000s saw Arsenal reach their greatest heights since the 1930s. Four league titles were won between 1991 and 2004, along with eight FA Cups from 1993 to 2017.

Arsenal’s success in the late 1990s and 2000s came courtesy of manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman was an unheralded choice as manager and rather than come from a big club, he arrived from Japanese team Nagoya Grampus Eight.

Wenger changed the Gunners and English football. The Frenchman saw the way in which players trained and ate, and it appalled him. Wenger systematically changed these areas of the club and it ushered in years of success. Unfortunately, the rest of England took notice and began to copy Arsenal.

In 2006, Wenger oversaw the club’s move into the Emirates Stadium. The modern, expansive ground brought new revenue to the club, but it also saw a decline in trophies. Arsenal’s player transfer budget and Wenger’s recruitment methodology meant the club couldn’t splurge cash on new, expensive players. Despite their stretched transfer budget, Wenger still collected FA Cup trophies.

At the end of the 2017-18 season, Wenger stepped down as Arsenal manager having transformed the club and taken it into the modern era. It was a bittersweet moment as his departure came after years of outspoken supporters calling for him to leave.

Arsenal remain one of English football’s biggest and most famous clubs. With the financial strength of majority owner Stan Kroenke behind them, Arsenal remain an ideal club for players to join. Arsenal are also a club that attract fans from all over the world thanks to their history and positive style of football.

2018/19 Arsenal Premier League Results

DateFixtureFTHT
2019.05.12 Burnley
Arsenal
1
3
0
0
2019.05.05 Arsenal
Brighton
1
1
1
0
2019.04.28 Leicester City
Arsenal
3
0
0
0
2019.04.24 Wolves
Arsenal
3
1
3
0
2019.04.21 Arsenal
Crystal Palace
2
3
0
1
2019.04.15 Arsenal
Watford
0
1
0
1
2019.04.07 Everton
Arsenal
1
0
1
0
2019.04.01 Arsenal
Newcastle
2
0
1
0
2019.03.10 Arsenal
Man Utd
2
0
1
0
2019.03.02 Tottenham
Arsenal
1
1
0
1
2019.02.27 Arsenal
Bournemouth
5
1
2
1
2019.02.24 Arsenal
Southampton
2
0
2
0

About Drew Farmer

Drew Farmer
Drew’s work has appeared on a variety of sports and travel websites. He is also a published author having written the sports/travel book Soccer Travels.

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