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Certainly many people are excited to know more about one of the world’s most beloved clubs, Arsenal. So follow us bellow as we provide you with unquestionably interesting facts about their history.

Notably known for holding major records in English football history,

Arsenal FC

, alias “The Gunners”, or simply Arsenal Football Club, is considered to be one of England’s most beloved and most successful football teams. Remarkably renowned for holding the longest unbeaten winning-streak record, Arsenal are recognized across the world for winning 28 major trophies throughout their stupendous years. Not to mention that their former coach, Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger, is the club’s longest-serving manager, who oversaw Arsenal’s triumphs from 1996 to 2018.

Of all their reputable figures, Thierry Henry earned the club’s top goalscorer title, recording 228 goals. Besides Henry, David O’Leary, the club’s former mid-fielder from 1975 to 1993, has the club’s most played games record with 722 appearances.

So bear with us as we intend to provide you with more details on

Arsenal history

.

Everything you need to know about Arsenal History

According to

Arsenal FC history

, one of England’s biggest record-holders, Arsenal, is considered by many to have an interesting success story to tell.

In this article, we aim to take a detailed look at their history, where they come from or what they have achieved up until today.

Foundation and Their Early Years

It is worth mentioning that, Arsenal history contains quite a lot of historical events regarding World Wars and more, which we will examine in the following article.

Starting with their foundation, Arsenal’s formation dates back in 1886, when David Danskin along with a group of blacksmiths from the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, who had been forging cannons for the World War I, which is the idea behind the club’s nickname “The Gunners”, started a football club named Dial Square FC.

On 11 December 1886, the club’s first game was played on an open field on the Isle of Dogs, which was against Eastern Wanderers and resulted in Dial Square beating them 6-0.

After their success against Eastern Wanderers, the name Dial Square was replaced by Royal Arsenal, which combined their workplace, the Arsenal munitions factory, and the first place they had met, the Royal Oak pub.

In 1891, as Arsenal FC history reports say, the club turned professional, leading them to be the first club from the south parts of the country to join the English Football League in 1893. After a few years, the club was given promotion to the First Tier in 1904. But, unfortunately, owing to some financial issues as well as bankruptcy, the club wound up giving up.

Until 1910, when the ownership was bought by an English businessman, Sir Henry Norris, who was also the chairman of

Fulham FC.

He found awareness of Arsenal’s financial problems and came to the conclusion that, merging Arsenal with his other club, Fulham, was possible but, due to the English League prohibiting the approach, he decided to buy off the club.

It is reported in

Arsenal stadiums

history that, Norris, who made enormous financial improvements to the club, spent a large amount of money on building a new home for Arsenal and moved its home to the newly-built Arsenal Stadium in 1913, which was located in Highbury, north London. Their new place soon became popular and was nicknamed the home of football, bringing continuous and new experiences to the club, as well as bigger crowds in the stands.

It remained the home of Arsenal from 6 September 1913 until 7 May 2006.

The First Taste of Success 

The club’s then-current name, Woolwich Arsenal, was changed to The Arsenal in 1914, eventually becoming Arsenal in 1919. However, it was still called “The Arsenal” by many people. After various major improvements, Arsenal were promoted back to the First Division of the English Football League in 1919.

In 1925, after consecutive failures in The First or even The Second Division, the club’s manager, Leslie Knighton, who performed weak during his management, was sacked and replaced by the former

Huddersfield Town

manager, and an English association football player, Herbert Chapman. He modernized the practice methods and regimes.

According to

Arsenal jersey history

, It was his idea to add numbers to players’ shirts, change the squad’s shirt color to a brighter red, and more interestingly, he insisted on Arsenal to be the club’s one and only name, urging the journalists to permanently stop adding a “the” at the start of the club’s name.

The innovation of Chapman brought about much bigger improvements to the club, all of which were dependent upon the club’s large transfer budget.

As it is reported in Arsenal management history, on account of the budget that was allocated to Chapman for hiring new young players, he signed several expensive contracts with a group of star players, making the bank of England club a nickname for the team. The star players would eventually lead Arsenal to their first major trophy in 1930. The battle was against

Huddersfield Town

in the FA Cup final, in which Arsenal beat them 2-0.

One of the star players was Charlie Buchan, who was transferred from Sunderland. He played a major role in the club’s 30s, suggesting a whole new formation on the pitch and strengthening the squad’s backline.

According to Arsenal history, Chapman’s oversight led Arsenal to much bigger fortunes and trophies for years to come. They had strong victories against

Aston Villa

,

Blackpool

,

Leicester City

and

Grimsby Town

, through which they won their first league title in 1930-31. However, during their second time reaching the FA cup final in 1931-32 season, their contentious performance in the final recorded an unfortunate result, in which they were beaten 2-1.

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During 1934-1945

The club’s early 30s caused an inevitable sorrow, as the sudden death of Chapman in January 1934 brought an end to the Chapman era. The grieving however, did not stop the Gunners from winning the League title that season.

According to

Arsenal management history

, George Allison, who had previously held the role of the club’s director, took charge of the club’s management. Under Allison’s coaching, Arsenal accomplished a hat-trick of league titles from 1932 to 1935. With the signings of new players, Allison won a series of enormous one-sided battles against

Wolves

, Liverpool, Leicester City and

Middlesbrough

. One of the newly-signed superstars was Ted Drake. He played a huge role in the club’s middle years. Drake was capped five times and won two league titles, as well as one FA Cup during his stay in Highbury.

It is confirmed in

Arsenal mascots history

that, at some point in the club’s early 90s, the crowds in the stands grew bored at half-time breaks. In order to prevent that from happening, they had to hire someone who would dress up as a 7-foot-tall green dinosaur. The mascot was obligated to cheer-up the crowds during breaks.

According to Arsenal mascots history, the mascot, who was called Gunnersaurus Rex, made his first appearance on the pitch around 1993-94 in a match against

Manchester City

. As

Arsenal history

gives a detailed account in words, Arsenal’s dominance over other clubs attracted larger crowds in the stands, leading to a series of redevelopments on their home, Highbury.

The newly-redeveloped stadium recorded 73,295 attendances in a match against

Sunderland

in March 1935. As it is reported in Arsenal stadiums history, the new stadium set its largest attendance record during that match.

Arsenal kept on gaining more popularity through winning their second FA cup and their fifth League title. The FA cup battle was against

Sheffield United

, whom were beaten 1-0 by Drake’s goal. Arsenal won their fifth League title in 1937–38 in a match against Wolves. Until World War II broke out around 1939–40 season, which led to a series of unfortunate occurrences. Such as the temporary suspension of all Britain’s high-class football matches due to continuous bombings in the UK and many footballers being drafted into the army and serving abroad for years. Highbury stadium was closed and Arsenal were forced to play their home matches in the home of their rivals,

Tottenhum hotspur

.

According to Arsenal rivalries history, Arsenal developed a series of long-running rivals with Tottenhum hotspur in the early 20s. Ahead of this article, we mean to examine

Arsenal rivalries history

together. The two teams’ very first match against each other was on December 4, 1909, in which The Gunners beat Spurs 1-0. However, the north Londoners did not develop any rivalries, due to Arsenal’s then-current home that was located in south-east London, Plumstead.

Until Arsenal moved to their new home in Highbury, it provided a better opportunity for both teams to start a series of thrilling rivalries. But at the present time, The Gunners have much greater advantage over Spurs, meaning that Arsenal have won most of the games between the two teams and have more honors to celebrate than Spurs. 

As it is described in Arsenal history, in 1945, during World War II, after a few deals between the UK and the Soviet Union, to celebrate the peace between the two unions, Arsenal hosted a friendly match against Dynamo Moscow, which was almost cancelled due to thick fog. As what reports say, the fog was so thick that nobody could see through. 

The game was meant to be friendly and a sign of peace between the two teams, but, they both ended up battling over victory. It was labeled to be one of the most ridiculous matches in the world of football and was given the name “The farce in the fog”, due to the fact that neither of the two teams followed the rules. Dynamo Moscow had a substitution without the substitute player ever leaving the field.

Report has it that, Dynamo Moscow were holding around 13 players on the pitch. It was all because of Arsenal, who were leading 3-1 at the first half. The Russians did everything they could to not lose to the English team in the second half. They even forced the referee to abandon the game. On the other hand, Arsenal spared no effort to take advantage of the fog that made it impossible for the referee to notice that Arsenal’s red carted player had returned to the field. According to

Arsenal history

, the match ended and the final score was a 4-3 win for the Russian team.

The New Blood

Based on true facts, the war caused the deaths of Arsenal’s 9 players. And a huge load of financial problems hit the club, as several bombings had destroyed some parts of the stadium. Arsenal spent heavy money on reconstructing and repairing the stadium and were soon struck and surrounded by debts. After struggling in debts, George Allison resigned from the job and was replaced by the trainer of the England national team, Tom Whittaker, in 1946–47.

After Whittaker’s arrival, Arsenal won the League title in 1947–48 shortly afterwards. He noticed that, with the team’s then-current aging characters, Arsenal could not claim any further victory, coming to a decision to attract younger players, he signed about several contracts with players such as Doug Lishman, Alex Forbes and Cliff Holton. They won the FA Cup final during 1949–50 in a match against Liverpool, in which they beat them 2-0. Although they were not able to win any League title that season.

After failing for five seasons, Arsenal won their seventh League title in 1952-53 in a tough race with

Preston North End

. The cup however, would become their last trophy for the next 17 years. Additionally, as what reports say about Arsenal history, the sudden death of Tom Whittaker brought a sorrowful decrease to the club’s vigour in October 1956.

The death of their manager was followed up by a series of unfortunates, including their best players retiring or leaving for more successful teams. More managers were assigned for the job but none of them were as successful as Whittaker. Until 1970-71, when they won their fourth FA Cup and their eighth League title under Bertie Mee’s oversight. It is worth checking that the FA Cup victory in 1971 was followed up by another FA Cup victory in 1979, in which they barely managed to beat

Manchester United

3–2 in the last minutes. Their then-manager was Terry Neill. His management at the club lasted from 9 July 1976 until 16 December 1983.

George Graham’s Return

As it is mentioned in Arsenal history, Arsenal did not record any further victories during that time. Not until the late 80s and early 90s, when they won a series of successive trophies. Not to mention the return of the Scottish manager George Graham in 1986, he changed the squad’s training routines and made enormous changes to the team’s defence and tactics.

As

Arsenal trophies history

provides us with details, it is worth noting that, by signing new players, including Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon and Steve Bould, Arsenal won 1988 Football League Centenary Trophy in a match against Manchester United, which was to celebrate the 100th birthday of The Football League and was held in Aston Villa's home, Villa Park on 9 October 1988.

Arsenal followed it up with more trophies, such as their ninth League title in 1988-89, as well as two English League Cup in 92/93, 86/87, one FA Cup in 92/93 and their tenth League title in 92/93 and last but not least, one Cup Winners Cup in 93/94.

However, Graham’s reputation broke apart when he was alleged to have been paid by a Norwegian football agent “Rune Hauge” to sign some certain contracts with some players, such as John Jensen and Pål Lydersen. After a while, Graham made a confession that he received an unsolicited gift and was sacked in 1995. He was replaced by another Scottish manager, Bruce Rioch, who coached the team for only one year and left the club after an argument with the directors.

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The Arsène Wenger Era

According to Arsenal history, with the French football manager’s arrival in Highbury in 1996, Arsenal returned to their glorious days, becoming a goal-scoring title-holder in England. Wenger made about much better improvements to tactics and the team’s formation. His takeover in Arsenal led to the successful signings of Robert Pirés, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, who would become superstars in the next years to come.

With Wenger’s appointment, Arsenal won three more League titles and three FA Cups during 1996 and 2004. They even managed to reach UEFA Cup final in 1999-20, but were defeated 4-1 by

Galatasaray

in penalties.

Because of Arsenal’s technical striker Thierry Henry, who had scored 30 goals in 37 matches, Arsenal were soon referred to as “The Invincibles”, setting a national record of 49 unbeaten league matches during 2003-2004.

According to Arsenal champions league history, they managed to reach the

Champions League

final in 2005–06, becoming the first club from London to ever reach the final. Before that, they had been unable to extend beyond the quarter-finals. The final match was against

Barcelona

, in which they were sadly defeated 1-2.

Arsenal champions league history

does not include any further info, due to the fact that the final against Barcelona is the highest place they have ever reached in Champions League.

As Arsenal Stadiums history describes, they wanted to expand the stadium capacity, but, on account of some disagreements regarding the fact that Highbury stadium was counted as one of the historical buildings, they had to build a new stadium. After their 93-year-long stay at Highbury, they moved into their new home in Emirates Stadium in July 2006. 

Their disappointing results in 2005-2014, during which they did not win any major trophy, led to the signing of Mesut Özil, who was transferred from Real Madrid for £42.5 million, setting another record for the club. With this technical and agile attacking-midfielder on the pitch, Arsenal won two successive FA Cups in 2014 and 2015, setting another record for winning 12 FA Cups, which was broken by their own hands in 2017 through winning their last FA Cup.

Arsenal now holds the record for winning 13 FA Cups. On the other hand, Wenger became the first manager in English football to win seven FA Cups. The club did not win any further trophy during that time, and as a result, Wenger departed from the club in 2018 after 22 years of service at the club. However, Arsenal’s results did not start to look good after Wenger’s departure, since their new manager Unai Emery, whom Arsenal had appointed on 23 May 2018, was giving several weak results. His poor performance led to his dismissal in the following year on 29 November 2019.

Shortly thereafter, he was replaced by Freddie Ljungberg, who was assigned as the Interim coach of the team. he coached the squad for 6 matches and recorded only one win, bringing even worse results for Arsenal. According to Arsenal history reports, he was soon replaced by Mikel Arteta, who signed a 4-year contract on 22 December 2019, resulting in Arsenal’s current status.

Arsenal Kit & Logo History

As it is reported in Arsenal kit history, Arsenal are known for their red shirts with white shorts. It was around 1933, when the long white sleeves appeared on the team’s shirt for the first time. In 1886, two of Nottingham Forest former players, Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates, moved to Woolwich for work. After Arsenal’s foundation, they could not find any kit, which resulted in a letter written to their previous football team Nottingham Forest, asking for help. The Forest provided them with a set of red and white kit and a ball.

Having said that, Chapman made about much more changes to the kit, adding white sleeves, which was believed that it had been inspired by the cartoonist Tom Webster’s outfit. According to Arsenal jersey history, as reports say, many clubs have adopted Arsenal’s red and white shirts in their own kits throughout the years. In the 1971 FA Cup Final, Arsenal built an away kit, which was yellow shirts with blue shorts. Moving onto their kit sponsorships that started from 1930, their first kit supplier was Bukta, who provided them with a plain kit of red shirts as home kit and yellow shirts as their away kit. Their sponsorship deal with Bukta lasted from 1930 until 1970.

As it is said in

Arsenal badge history

records, their very first badge was inspired by the coat of arms of the London district of Woolwich. It had three pillars in the middle with lion heads on them. They were used to define the club’s founders, who were the workers of the Royal Arsenal factory. Their second emblem was just a simple logo of a cannon, facing left, with “The Gunners” letterings on the right. In regard to Arsenal badge history, the logo did not see much change during 1930 – 1936.

The only change was that the logo was placed inside a shield-shaped badge with A.F.C 1930 letterings situated underneath the cannon. In 1936 however, the logo was transformed under Chapman’s proposal, shaped in a red monogram hexagon, with C and A letterings merged together inside the hexagon. According to

Arsenal logo history

, in early 50s, the short-lasting logo was replaced by another gun-related emblem. The logo was situated inside the heraldic shield with the Arsenal inscription placed above the cannon, lasting until 2011.

Back in 1971, Arsenal signed a new sponsorship deal with Umbro. Umbro supplied them with a brighter red color on the shirts. Considering

Arsenal kit history

records, it was Umbro’s idea to bring dark stripes to the club’s kit. They signed two sponsorship deals with Umbro, the first one around 1971–1981, and the second one around 1981–1986. Until 1986, when Adidas came around, resulting in a 8-year sponsorship deal between the two.

Adidas brought an even better set of kit, keeping the club’s famous red shirt with white sleeves, they provided them with a series of high-quality equipment until 1994.

Gathered from Arsenal logo history records, in 2011, to celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary, the then-current logo was adjusted to its current shape, the only difference was that, 15 oak leaves were situated around the emblem, defining the club’s founders.

The only thing that did not change about Arsenal logo was the renowned artillery cannon. It describes the club’s passion and defines the historical struggles they have been through since their foundation.

In 1994, Arsenal signed a lucrative contract with one of the world’s most popular sportswear brands “Nike”. Their contract with the famous brand lasted until 2014-15 season, in which another deal was made between Puma and Arsenal. Puma began to design a better set of kit from 2014-2019. Adidas returned as their next kit supplier in 2019, resulting in their current equipment.

Trophy Cabinet

In this article, we aim to introduce you to Arsenal trophies history and what they are holding in their trophy cabinet. As it is included in Arsenal honors, They have won a total of 47 trophies throughout their illustrious years, the trophies are as follows:

  • 13 English League Titles

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

  • 14 FA Cups

    in 2019/20, 2016/17, 2014/15, 2013/14, 2004/05, 2002/03, 2001/02, 1997/98, 1992/93, 1978/79, 1970/71, 1949/50, 1935/36, 1929/30

  • 2 English League Cups

    in 1992/93, 1986/87

  • 1 Cup Winners’ Cup

    in 1993/94

  • 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

    in 1969/70

  • 16 English Supercups

    in 2020/21, 2017/18 , 2015/16, 2014/15, 2004/05, 2002/03, 1999/00, 1998/99, 1991/92, 1953/54, 1948/49, 1938/39, 1934/35, 1933/34, 1931/32, 1930/31

There are thousands of people in England who are proud to have partaken in all

Arsenal honors

and celebrations. Their eyes are filled with the hope of seeing their favorite football club’s dominance over their opponents rise again in the beloved Premier League.

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