A small group of Scottish workers founded a club in Woolwich in 1886 and they played their first game the same year even if the club had no name and no ground. The club was later named Royal Arsenal and changed to Woolwich Arsenal in 1891. The club joined the Football League in 1893 and in 1913 they moved to Arsenal Stadium in Highbury. The club was extremely successful in the 30s, when they won five league titles and two FA Cups, but they then had to wait until the 1990s for the next successful period.
Talented French manager Arsene Wenger brought a new football philosophy to the club when he was appointed as manager in 1996 and he eventually led the Gunners to three league titles, three FA Cups and two League Cup trophies, while narrowly missing out on the Champions League title in 2006. Arsenal have since become one of the most attractive clubs in Europe, with constant development of fresh talent becoming their trademark.
- Stadium (capacity):
- Emirates (60355)
- Arsene Wenger
- Star Players:
- Robin van Persie, Jack Wilshire
- Last Season Top Scorer:
- Robin van Persie
- Last League Title(s):
- 01/02, 03/04
- Last Season Finish:
- European Qualification:
- Champions League
- Current Odds:
- 35 (34/1) Unibet
Several Scottish workers decided to found a football club in 1886 and named it Dial Square, but the club was soon renamed to Royal Arsenal and then Woolwich Arsenal in 1893. The club started playing their football in the second division and gained promotion to the elite division in 1904. Following some financial problems, the club was taken over by businessmen Henry Norris and William Hall, and moved to Arsenal Stadium in Highbury in 1913. One year later, the club dropped Woolwich from their name and has been known as just Arsenal ever since.
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Title-winning Huddersfield coach Herbert Chapman was brought to improve the club fortunes in 1925 and he quickly turned the Gunners into a dominant force in English football, winning the FA Cup trophy as well as two league titles. Chapman died of pneumonia in 1934, but the club, nevertheless, went on to win three more league titles during the 30s, as well as another FA Cup trophy.
After the World War II, Arsenal won two league titles under Tom Whittaker, but that was all they could do until the late 80s. Former player George Graham returned as manager in 1986 and he brought the club a host of major trophies over the next few years. Graham was sacked in 1995 after he was found guilty of receiving bung payments from certain agents, with his replacement Bruce Rioch leaving after just one season.
The appointment of talented French coach Arsene Wenger in 1996 proved to be one of the best decisions in club history, as the Frenchman completely revamped the football club and its youth academy. Wenger started bringing talented French players to the club, with players like Henry, Vieira, Pires and Petit playing a major role in team’s success over the next few years. After winning two domestic doubles, the Gunners became the first team to win the Premier League title without a single defeat in 2003-04, but they could never fulfill their potential in Europe, having only finished as UEFA Cup and Champions League runners-up on one occasion.
With Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving the club in the summer, Arsene Wenger had to rely on Dutch forward Robin van Persie, who is now considered a number one player on the team sheet. Young midfielders Jack Wilshire and Aaron Ramsey are also expected to develop into key players at the Emirates, while Theo Walcott is another one of those tipped to fulfill his undoubted potential. Keeper Wojciech Szczesny has brought much needed stability to Arsenal’s back line despite his fragile age and everything suggests the Gunners now have a reliable keeper for years to come.
Win FA Cup: 9/1 at BetVictor
Win Champions League: 25/1 at BetVictor
Van Persie Top Scorer: 91/50 at Betfair
Walcott Top Scorer: 300/1 at Bet365
Wenger Next Manager to be Sacked: 50/1 at PaddyPower
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