Based in North London, United Kingdom, the Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club. It currently plays in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. Nicknamed ‘The Gunners,’ Arsenal is deemed as one of the biggest clubs, not only in the United Kingdom, but around the world. The affection felt for the Club has grown across the ages through the recognition that it has always stood on its own two feet by doing things ‘The Arsenal Way’.
A Brief History of Arsenal Football Club
The club was formed in 1886, by a group of factory workers in Woolwich, Kent, as Dial Square. It wasn’t until 1914 that the club changed its name to The Arsenal. This was when it moved to the Arsenal Stadium in Highbury. Here they played their home games for a staggering 93 years!
Along the way, the club crest has also seen its fair share of changes. However, the Cannon, a part of the club’s first ever crest, stands aloof. For most years, Arsenal’s home colors have been red, with a hint of white, usually found on the sleeves, and on the shorts.
Through the years, Arsenal Football Club has broken records left, right, and center, contributing to the club’s rich history. The club holds the record for having gone through an entire league campaign unbeaten. In 2003-04, it was inevitably crowned as the champions of England. Two years later, in 2006, the club climbed further up the ladder. It bid farewell to its long-standing home, the Highbury. Then it made a cross-town move to its new, state-of-the-art stadium, the Emirates Stadium.
American sports tycoon, Stan Kroenke is presently the largest shareholder of the club. He also owns NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. The Club is currently managed by Arsene Wenger. He was appointed as the Arsenal boss in 1996. Wenger currently stands as the club’s most successful manager, courtesy of the 15 titles he has won with the club through his time. This list does not include the numerous individual awards that he has bagged. Noteworthy, as it is, it’s not only the brand of football that contributes to the club’s popularity across the globe. Additionally, its efforts to giving back to the community, and the charitable work also help.
It was in 2012 that the Arsenal Foundation was set up to support charitable work in the UK, and overseas. It has successfully raised over £1 million since. The club has also joined hands with charity partners Save the Children and Willow Foundation. Arsenal FC in its pure essence has been a legendary club. It has produced players who have never truly been replaced or will be. There is a strong connection of the fans to the culture, history, and heritage that surrounds one of London’s fine football establishments.