As one of England’s most successful and beloved clubs, Arsenal Football Club has always been a magnet for the public. From the point of view of tradition, its results speak for themselves; In addition to winning 28 major domestic titles, Arsenal holds the records for longest unbeaten streak and longest distance in the English Football League.
Arsenal FC History
Arsenal FC started life as a working team named Dial Square in 1886 – blacksmiths were making cannons, which is why the club was called the Gunners. Shortly after that, the club turned professional and changed its name to the Woolwich Arsenal, becoming a full member of the Football League in 1893 (the first club from the southern parts of the country).
The following period was fraught with difficulties for the club. Besides being unable to put together a team that could challenge for the title, Jim was geographically isolated from the rest of the league, resulting in low attendance. After the severe swing of bankruptcy, the club was bought by the businessman Henry Norris in 1910 and moved to North London in 1913 (Highbury became the new home ground). The following year, the club was renamed Arsenal.
Rise to prominence, the Chapman era
The club’s rise to prominence came with the appointment of Herbert Chapman as coach in 1925. In modernizing many aspects of the club, Chapman improved the coaching system and effectively changed the club’s traditional 2-3-5 formation. After following this up by signing two superstars, Arsenal won their first major title in 1930, defeating Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the FA Cup Final.
The post-WWII period saw the club continue its path of prosperity with two more league titles (1948, 1953) and the FA Cup (1950). But, unfortunately, those were the last titles the club would have over the next seventeen years;
After winning his first double in 1971, the club’s fortunes seemed to have finally changed. However, this was followed by a long string of second-place league finals and cup final losses, and the 1979 FA Cup win was the only bright spot in their record during this period. They have been slightly more successful under the rule of George Graham, whose defense-oriented mentality has proven to fit in well with the club’s players. During the nine years of Graham’s reign (1986-1995), Arsenal won two league titles, two League Cups, and the FA Cup, as well as the first and only Cup Winners’ Cup by beating Parma 1-0 in the final (it came very close to winning the 1980 Cup Winners’ Cup final He lost to Valencia in the final after a penalty shootout.
Arsenal FC lineup 1971
The Wenger era
Arsenal became even more attractive with the appointment of Arsene Wenger. The then-unknown French coach immediately turned the club into a goal-scoring giant, partly through the successful import of French players such as Robert Perez, Patrick Vieira, and Thierry Henry. Henry was incredibly effective as the team’s offensive line. Between 1996 and 2004, Arsenal won three league titles and three FA Cups, and the 2003-2004 seasons was particularly noteworthy due to the club not losing a single match in the Premier League. This team, backed by Henry’s 30 goals in 37 games, was later dubbed the Indomitable.
The Invincible lineup
Under Arsene Wenger’s management, Arsenal has been known as a club that does not buy into the big names but instead finds talent through excellent scouting. However, the exception was Mesut Ozil’s transfer from Real Madrid in 2013. It cost £42.5 million, a club record.
Top clubs in England, Highbury’s 38,419 seats weren’t enough (the 1994 rule that all stadiums in the league had to reduce capacity drastically). Arsenal wanted to expand the stadium, but permission was not granted because the stands were historically listed buildings. So they had to build a new stadium, and in 2006 the Emirates Stadium was ready for its first run with a potential of over 60,000 fans.
Outside the Emirates Stadium in 2015
In recent years, Arsenal has been somewhat of a permanent maid of honor. While the club has always been among the favorites to win the league, a series of significant injuries and disappointing losses will inevitably see them fall back in the title race. As a consolation prize for the club’s fans, the three additional FA Cup titles in 2005, 2014, and 2015 made Arsenal, the most successful club in the tournament’s history.
The lost trophies finally led to Arsene Wenger’s departure in May 2018, after 22 years at the club.