Brief History of Arsenal Football Club
Originally formed in 1886 under the name ‘Dial Square FC’ the Gunners have been operating under the name of Arsenal since around 1915 after spells as ‘Royal Arsenal’ and ‘Woolwich Arsenal’. Named after the Royal Arsenal ammunition and armament factory in Woolwich, London, the club moved across the river to Highbury and North London in 2013. Since 2006 they have been playing at the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium with Highbury becoming an apartment complex. As a result of this and the team's competitiveness over the years, Arsenal FC has a lot of loyal ticket holders.
Legendary Arsenal Players
Arsenal have an illustrious history with many international and title-winning players but the official Arsenal website name their greatest player of all time as Frenchman Thierry Henry. Internationally Henry won the World Cup (1998) and European Championships (2000) with France and with Arsenal fired them to two league championships (2001/02 and 2003/04) and two FA Cups (2002, 2003). He notched 228 goals in 277 appearances.
The Kendall Years
Arsenal had significant success in the 1930’s, bagging five championships but in recent years the manager with the most success is another Frenchman, Arsene Wenger. Wenger coached the Gunners for 22 years and developed a free-flowing European style of football that wowed Arsenal and football fans across the country.
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s Arsenal had success based on defensive solidity under George Graham, under Wenger it was different. Wenger is also heralded as the man who professionalised the English game. Fitness linked to strict diet and physical regimes would become commonplace in the country.
But it was his ‘Invincibles’ side that will be forever remembered, winning the 2003/04 Premier League title without losing a game. A feat only ever achieved before by Preston North End in the 1800’s.
The team had Gallic flair, not just because of Wenger but also Henry, Robert Pires, Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Viera. Other European stars, Freddie Ljungberg and Dennis Bergkamp made them impossible to stop.
The Offside Trap
Famously parodied in the 1997 film ‘The Full Monty’ the Arsenal back-four in the 1980’s and 1990’s was famous for their offside trap. Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn knew each other’s games back to front and regularly stepped up with their arms in the air to catch opposition strikers out. This also lead to the famous ‘one-nil to the Arsenal’ chant, a common score-line with such a mean defence.
Current Young Stars
Current Arsenal boss and former player Mikael Arteta has a team packed with young talent. England internationals Bukayo Sako and Emil Smith-Rowe show that the future is bright for the Gunners. Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli not yet in their prime will be a force in coming seasons.
The famous red and white of Arsenal is also reflected in the club crest. Also featuring a large cannon reflecting the club’s heritage the badge is recognised across the world.
Premier League Matches & Top Rivalries
In North London Arsenal’s rivals are just down the road, Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs and Arsenal have come up against each other almost 200 times over the seasons with Arsenal holding the upper hand, winning approximately 20 more times than Tottenham. One of the sweetest North London derbies for Arsenal was winning the league in 1970/71 at Spurs’ White Hart Lane. Not satisfied with doing it once, Arsenal did it again in 2003/04!
Other popular Arsenal Matches include South London rivals Chelsea FC, West Ham on the East, and home matches against top teams such as Liverpool, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Man City, Everton, Leicester City and UEFA Champions League matches against top European clubs. View more ticket information by signing up to the Ticket 4 Football mailing list.
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So whether you are based near Arsenal and are looking to go to a game with a local London teams such as Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brentford or Watford or to a game featuring a team from further afield like Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Southampton, Leeds United or Aston Villa, we have you covered.
Quick Facts about Arsenal FC
- 13-time First Division/Premier League Champions
- 14-time FA Cup Winners (an English record)
- 2-time League Cup Winners
- 1-time European Cup Winners Cup Winner
- Most Appearances: David O’Leary (772)
- Most Goals: Thierry Henry (228)
Reason to Go to Emirates Stadium for Arsenal Home Games
Arsenal are one of England’s ‘Top Six’ clubs. Despite lean years since the final years of Wenger’s reign, Mikael Arteta has a young team capable of playing scintillating football. Easily accessible from central London on public transport it is easy to combine a matchday at the football with a weekend away in the city. On the other hand, ticket prices can fluctuate a lot and season tickets are hard to come by for key matches. Arsenal is also a worldwide name and Arsenal fans go in large amounts for away tickets too. View our lists of Arsenal FC tickets available and see how you can find a match ticket for the best price online.
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