Nickname : Gunners
Established : 1886, Woolwich, London
Ground : Emirates
Manager : Mikel Arteta
League : Premier League
Arsenal History

Author : Adam Admin | Created : 2021-07-15 14:07:00

Arsenal F.C.

Arsenal F.C. is based in Islington, London and is a successful football club that participates in the premier league.

History of the club

Arsenal began its journey in 1886, where it was founded by a team of blacksmith workers in Woolwich. The team was initially called Dial Square, and often nicknamed the Gunners, due to their work in the cannons. They all contributed their money to be able to officially form a club. The team played and won their first-ever match 6-0, against the Eastern Wanderers on 11 December 1886.

In January 1887, the club was given a new name; Royal Arsenal. Their home grounds at the time were Plumstead Common, however, they played the majority of their games at the Manor Ground.

Royal Arsenal was becoming a successful club, growing with each game and soon recognised as the first football club in London to turn professional.

Royal Arsenal took on another new name in 1983; Woolwich Arsenal, which was registered as they officially became a limited liability company. The club ascended later in the year as the first southern football club to register with The Football League, the oldest and top-level football competition in world football at the time. Arsenal started in the Second Divison, and in 1904 reached the First Division.

Unfortunately, the club took a turn in 1910 and filed for bankruptcy, as a result of financial difficulties and the increase of more accessible football clubs closeby.

The club shortly made a comeback into the Second Divison, with the help of Businessmen Henry Norris and William Hall’s involvement. In another unfortunate event, the suffragettes burnt down the grandstand of Woolwich Arsenal’s Plumstead stadium, which resulted in costly damages and the club moving across town to Highbury.

The team moved up to the First Division in 1919, over their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a controversial vote by The Football League, as the team had only finished fifth in the pre-war season in the Second Divison. It was at this point that the name soon became known as just Arsenal.

With the new position in The Football League, it turned out to be an excellent step and as a result, the budget grew significantly. Arsenal was then trained by Huddersfield Town manager Herbert Chapman, who was well known for his innovation, influence and success in football. Arsenal quickly grew with more success, as they employed the help of skilled trainers and young star players.

Arsenal claimed many victories over the years and were breaking records up to 1953. Unfortunately, the war had taken its toll on the team and while they stayed competitive, they spent the years of 1953 to 1986 in the mid leagues.

Arsenal finally had a breakthrough in 1969 with the European trophy and continued to grow with a variety of managers and top players throughout the subsequent years.


Arsenal’s ownership is different to other football clubs in England. Arsenal has a parent company called Arsenal Holdings PLC which covers various other subsidiary companies, including Arsenal (Emirates Stadium) Limited and Arsenal Overseas Ltd. It does not have many shares and is not traded publicly or frequently. The club was once owned by the Bracewell-Smith and Hill-Wood families. The club was later attracting public interest, specifically by top businessmen, including Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov in 2007 who acquired shareholdings. In 2018, Stan Kroenke made a significant offer and became Arsenal’s sole shareholder.


Arsenal started their journey by playing on the Plumstead Common in Greenwich, southeast London before moving to the Manor Ground in Plumstead. Between the years 1890 and 1893, the team played at the Invicta Ground, located nearby.

In 1893, when the team registered as a limited liability company and joined The Football League, they went back to play at the Manor Ground, and made it their official home for the subsequent twenty years, as they upgraded it by installing stands and terracing.

In 1913, Arsenal moved their home grounds to north London. Their stadium was designed by Archibald Leitch, a famous architect of football stadiums. The stadium was then renovated in the 1930s adding a roof. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during the Second World War and was not up and running again until 1954.

The capacity of the stadium was reduced from 60,000 spectators to 57,000 until the early 1900s and then was reduced further to accommodate for advertising and stay compliment with local authority restrictions, as the East stand was a Grade II listed building and the other stands were in close proximity to homes. This was quite restrictive for Arsenal, especially financially, which resulted in playing two seasons from 1998-2000 in Wemberly and constructing a new stadium in south-west Highbury, which was completed in 2006. This new stadium was given its name, Emirates, after its generous sponsors.

Cups won

The Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup)

Arsenal won the FA Cup a record 14 times in the following years:

  • 1929-30

  • 1935-36

  • 1949-50

  • 1970-71

  • 1978-79

  • 1992-93

  • 1997-98

  • 2001-02

  • 2002-03

  • 2004-05

  • 2013-14

  • 2014-15

  • 2016017

  • 2019-20

FA Community Shield

Arsenal won the FA Community Shield 16 times, in the following years:

  • 1930

  • 1931

  • 1933

  • 1934

  • 1938

  • 1948

  • 1953

  • 1991 (shared)

  • 1998

  • 1999

  • 2002

  • 2004

  • 2014

  • 2015

  • 2017

  • 2020

Premier League

Arsenal won the Premier League 13 times in the following years:

  • 1930-31

  • 1932-33

  • 1933-34

  • 1934-35

  • 1937-38

  • 1947-48

  • 1952-53

  • 1970-71

  • 1988-89

  • 1990-91

  • 1997-98

  • 2001-02

  • 2003-04

English Football League (EFL)

Arsenal won the ELF on 2 occasions in the following years:

  • 1986-87

  • 1992-3

League Centenary Trophy

Arsenal won the League Centenary Trophy on 1 occasion, in 1988.

Union of European Football Association (EUFA) Cup

Arsenal won the EUFA Cup in 1993-94 and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969-70.

Current Squad

  1. Bernd Leno

  2. Hector Bellerin (on loan)

  3. Kieran Tierney

  4. Ben White

  5. Thomas Partey

  6. Gabriel

  7. Bukayo Saka

  8. Martin Odegaard

  9. Alexandre Laxazette

  10. Emile Smith Rowe

  11. Lucas Torreria (on loan)

  12. Runar Alex Runarsson

  13. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

  14. Ainsley Maitland-Niles

  15. Rob Holding

  16. Cedric Soares

  17. Takehiro Tomiyasu

  18. Nicolas Pepe

  19. Nuno Tavares

  20. Calum Chambers

  21. Pablo Mari

  22. Albert Sambi Lokonga

  23. Reiss Nelson (on loan)

  24. Mohamed Elneny

  25. Folarin Balogun

  26. Konstantinos Mavropanos

  27. Matteo Guendouzi

  28. Eddie Nketiah

  29. Sead Kolasinac

  30. Aaron Ramsdale

  31. Arthur Okonkwo

  32. Granit Xhaka

  33. Gabriel Martinelli

Biggest transfers

Nicolas Pepe - £72m (from Lille, 2019)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £57.4m (from Dortmund, 2018)

Ben White - £50m (from Brighton, 2021)

Alexandre Lacazette - £47.7m (from Lyon, 2017)

Thomas Partey - £45m (from Atletico Madrid, 2020)

Top Goalscorers

Thierry Henry 228 (377)

Ian Wright 195 (288)

Cliff Bastin 178 (396)

John Radford 149 (481)