Arsenal

Known universally as the Gunners, Arsenal is one of the most famous football teams to have ever existed as they are followed by supporters from all over the world.

Arsenal has managed to set numerous records at various points in history, which helped to make them an incredibly attractive proposition and one that made them extremely popular. For instance, their ability to win titles was extraordinary, whilst they also managed to set the record for the longest unbeaten streak as well as being the team with the longest run in the top English division.

History

Arsenal football club is a team steeped in history and tradition, although they did not initially start out as being called Arsenal, or even play their football in north London when they were formed 1886.

Having started out as a works team called Dial Square that consisted of blacksmith workers who built the cannons – hence the Gunners name, they shortly turned professional and became known as Woolwich Arsenal in 1893 and also became the first club from the south to turn professional and join the Football League.

They moved to north London in 1913 after facing bankruptcy and, in 1914, they subsequently dropped the ‘Woolwich’ part of their name to be known as they currently are today: Arsenal.

The team have had a number of different grounds in which they once called home, with Highbury being their main home for 93 years, as they left in 2006 to go to the Emirates Stadium. Their current home has the ability to hold up to 60,260 fans, thus making it one of the largest in the English Premier League, as well as one of the newest.

There is no doubt that Arsenal has been incredibly successful throughout their history, though, with the club winning numerous top First Division/Premier League titles, whilst also holding a record for the most FA Cup titles. Furthermore, they have managed to obtain a handful of other pieces of silverware, as well as feature in numerous European finals.

Best Players & Managers

Depending on what generation you are from, there are a number of different players and managers that can be thought of as men that put the club in the position they found themselves.

Herbert Chapman is one such name, as he is credited with changing the Gunners completely in 1925 when he was hired as the manager. He introduced training regimes and managed to achieve success by lifting the club’s first-ever trophy. George Graham – who played and managed – was also very successful during the 80s and 90s, whilst Arsene Wenger took the football club to dizzying new heights during the 22 years he was at the club between 1996 and 2018.

A number of exceptional players have all donned the Arsenal jersey in the past, with fans of the Wenger era remembering the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Nicolas Anelka, Tony Adams, David Seaman, Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and many others, whilst older fans will remember the likes of Pat Jennings, Liam Brady, Charlie George, Frank McLintock, Paul Merson, David Rocastle, Nigel Winterburn and Ian Wright.

Of course, players such as Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have arrived, whilst other stars will likely make their way to the football club in the future, as well.

Historic & Memorable moments

As mentioned, one of the biggest moments that many will look fondly on is the era of the “Invincibles” that featured under Arsene Wenger. This group of players managed to go unbeaten in the Premier League for the entirety of the 2003/04 season, although they extended the run to an impressive 49 consecutive league games without suffering a defeat. 

Moments have not been as positive or iconic as they once were for the north London club, but many of the Gunners faithful will believe Arsenal still have a few more left in them.