FACTS About Arsenal FC: History, Titles, Managers, Top Players and Trophies
The early crest included three canons and was influenced by the heraldic arms of the Royal Borough of Greenwich (the club was in its early years based in Borough). Over the years, the Arsenal logo has been modernized into a more simplified fashion.
History of Arsenal
Arsenal FC started life as a works team named Dial Square in 1886 – the workers were blacksmiths that built cannons, which is the reason for the club being known as the Gunners. Shortly thereafter, the club turned professional and changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal, becoming a full-fledged 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 not being able to form a team that could challenge for the title, Jim was geographically isolated from the rest of the league, which resulted in low attendance. After teetering dangerously close to bankruptcy, 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, the club was renamed Arsenal.
Arsenal FC timeline
1886 The club is established (as Dial Square, changes to Royal Arsenal the same year).
1893 The club joins the English Football League (as Woolwich Arsenal).
1904 First season in the First Division.
1913 The club move to the Arsenal Stadium (Highbury Stadium).
1914 The club is renamed Arsenal.
1925 Herbert Chapman is appointed as manager.
1930 Winning their first FA Cup title.
1931 First time national league champions.
1933 White sleeves on the shirt are introduced.
1970 First European cup trophy (Inter-Cities Fairs Cup).
1971 Winning their first Double (the First Division and the FA Cup).
1983 David Dein become vice-chairman.
1986 The former Arsenal player George Graham is hired as manager.
1986 First League Cup title.
1993 First European Cup Winners' Cup title.
1996 Arsène Wenger is appointed as manager.
1999 Thierry Henry is transferred from Juventus.
2006 The club move to the Emirates Stadium.
How many trophies have Arsenal won?
Arsenal Football Club has won a whopping 46 trophies throughout the Men’s FIFA, UEFA & top qualifying FA, EFL, and PL honors. These include:
- 13 FA Cups (the 2019's record)
- 13 League Champions
- 2 League Cups
- 1 League Centenary Trophy
- 15 Community Sheilds
- 1 UEFA Winners Cup
- 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
This extensive trophy list makes Arsenal Football Club the UK’s third most successful football club of all time behind Liverpool and Manchester United.
Top 5 greatest managers in the club history
Arsene Wenger is a brilliant manager. He joined Arsenal after Scotsman Bruce Rioch left the club. As soon as he came, he started making monumental changes to the club's personnel, bringing in foreign players and instituting a new pass and move style of play similar to continental teams.
He won the double in 1998 and 2002 as well as going unbeaten in the league in 2004. However, despite winning the FA Cup in 2005, he has won nothing at Arsenal despite bringing the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to the club.
Having been Gunner’s player during the Bertie Mee years, George Graham joined Arsenal as the manager in 1986. He would go on to lead the team on one of its most successful trophy hunts, picking up two First Division titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, and one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup during his time at the helm.
Graham won many trophies during his tenure: Two League Titles, FA Cup, Two League Cups, UEFA winner's Cup, A shared Charity Shield
Bertie Mee was a great Arsenal manager. He ushered in the great era of Frank McLintock, Charlie George, and George Graham. He is iconic mainly because of the trophies he won with relatively young players. He was part of the uplifting of Arsenal fans after the disappointment of expensive manager Billy Wright.
Trophy Count: Fairs Cup, League and Cup double
Whittaker was the greatest Manager of Arsenal chronologically after Chapman. Whittaker gets the nod into the top five because he oversaw more games with more success and didn't inherit Herbert Chapman's team. A former Arsenal player, Whittaker took over from Allison and won the league title in his first season. He took on the reins of the team after World War II and led them to two league championships, an FA Cup and a Charity Shield.
Herbert Chapman always comes to mind when you think of Arsenal's best managers. In 1930, Arsenal manager and visionary Herbert Chapman won the FA Cup against his old club Huddersfield Town, 2-0. This was the crowning glory of Chapman's reign, where he cemented his legacy in the history of Arsenal and football. He created a side that boasted the likes of Ted Drake, Alex James, and Eddie Hapgood among others. His "Invincibles" were to be defeated by Wallsall, a lowly Third Division side costing only £69 in total.
But he made several great tactical contributions to the game and has etched himself in the history of Arsenal football club.
Best Arsenal Players of All Time
It's always good to start with the king. Simply put - the greatest player the Premier League has ever seen. A prolific goalscorer with lightning pace, outrageous flair, and brilliant interplay. 228 goals, 90 assists. Thierry Daniel Henry is a French professional football coach and former player. He is the second assistant coach of the Belgium national team.
Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer, who is the assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax.
A polymath-level of footballing intelligence and touch to make Dimitar Berbatov weep, Dennis Bergkamp revolutionized the Premier League. Along with Cantona, Juninho, and the first brigade of quality foreign players, Bergkamp brought a level of technical ability and professionalism not seen before in this country.
A relentless perfectionist, Bergkamp propelled Arsenal to their first Premier League title in 97/98. He won PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year as Arsenal won their second League and Cup double. An 11-year career at the club, and Invincible, and a statue outside the ground. Pure poetry in motion.
Liam Brady or 'Chippy' was a player that could have played in any era. Brady dribbled the football like a slaloming Olympic skier and was quite possibly the man for whom the term 'wand of a left peg' was coined.
A perfect technique that led to many brilliant strikes, his peach against Spurs gets played before every home game. His only trophy was the 1979 FA final cup against Manchester United, but his seven years in the famous red were not alongside other iconic names.
Such was Brady's talent, he left London in 1980 and took the famous Juventus number ten shirt in an era when foreign players in Serie A didn't exist. Oh, and he won two Serie As in his two years there.
During Big Tone's 669 appearances for the club, Adams established himself as the greatest leader that the Gunners have ever had.
Not only a club captain but a captain of England too, Adams became the torchbearer for English 'heart', figuratively ripping off Terry Butcher's bloody headband and using it as his own armband. His thumping finish against Everton, sumptuously played through by Steve Bould of all people, is a moment all Arsenal fans won't forget.
Ian Wright joined Arsenal at 28. In just seven years, Ian Wright became Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer. 185 strikes in 288 appearances.
Boasting cat-like movement and a telepathic understanding of where the goal was, Wright brought goalscoring to a whole new meaning in north London. Imagine if he'd joined the club at 21 - how many he could have got?!
Cliff Bastin was the original prolific goalscorer, a crucial cog in the Arsenal side that dominated in the 1930s. Herbert Chapman's Arsenal won five League titles and two FA cups during an unprecedented spell of dominance. Bastin was a prodigy, by 19 he'd won a league title, FA Cup, and been capped for England, making him the youngest player ever to achieve all three.
Bastin notched 178 goals for Arsenal, a record that would stand for 60 years. The Second World War curtailed his career as he was conscripted at 27 and sadly suffered leg injuries in battle.
If Cliff Bastin was the pre-war Ian Wright, Alex James was the pre-war Dennis Bergkamp.
Another crucial member of Chapman's team, James blurred the lines between attack and defense, transitioning the ball to the lethal Bastin, Ted Drake, and David Jack.
The Scot was an assist machine and was vital in the record-setting season of 1933, where the Gooners managed 118 league goals.
Emirates Stadium: The Emirates is the home of Arsenal FC. It is the second-largest club stadium in the UK. To add to that, it has the capacity to hold almost 60,000 screaming fans. For the Gunners, this stadium has become their fortress for real money pokies fans too.
The “Gunners”: As we know, behind every nickname there is some sort of history. The same is also true for Arsenal. They got the name ‘Gunners’ because the team was formed from a group of cannon makers. This was back in Woolwich Arsenal 1886.
Youngest Goal Scorer: At 16, Cesc Fabregas is the youngest goal scorer for the team. This was in a match against Wolverhampton Wanderers in December 2003.
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