47 Facts About Arsenal FC


Arsenal FC Football Club, commonly referred to as Arsenal FC, is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England.

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Arsenal FC plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

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Arsenal FC was the first club from the South of England to join the Football League in 1893, and they reached the First Division in 1904.

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Arsenal FC helped introduce the WM formation, floodlights, and shirt numbers; he added the white sleeves and brighter red to the club's jersey.

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Arsenal FC won a record seven FA Cups, and his title-winning team set an English record for the longest top-flight unbeaten league run at 49 games between 2003 and 2004, receiving the nickname The Invincibles.

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Royal Arsenal FC renamed for a second time upon becoming a limited liability company in 1893.

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Woolwich Arsenal FC was the first southern member of The Football League, starting out in the Second Division and reaching the First Division in 1904.

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Later that year, The Arsenal FC started dropping "The" in official documents, gradually shifting its name for the final time towards Arsenal FC, as it is generally known today.

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Arsenal FC appointed an enduring new trainer Tom Whittaker, implemented Charlie Buchan's new twist on the nascent WM formation, captured young players like Cliff Bastin and Eddie Hapgood, and lavished Highbury's income on stars like David Jack and Alex James.

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Arsenal FC were not to win the League or the FA Cup for another 18 years.

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Arsenal FC tentatively appointed club physiotherapist Bertie Mee as acting manager in 1966.

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One of Mee's double winners, George Graham, returned as manager in 1986, with Arsenal FC winning their first League Cup in 1987, Graham's first season in charge.

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Arsenal FC finished in either first or second place in the league in eight of Wenger's first nine seasons at the club, although they never won the title in two consecutive seasons.

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However, in that same season, Arsenal FC finished fifth in the league, the first time they had finished outside the top four since before Wenger arrived in 1996.

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Arsenal FC became the club's first ever 'head coach' and second manager from outside the United Kingdom.

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In Emery's first season, Arsenal FC finished fifth in the Premier League and as runner-up in the Europa League.

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On 20 December 2019, Arsenal FC appointed former club captain Mikel Arteta as the new head coach.

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On 18 April 2021, Arsenal FC were announced as a founding club of the breakaway European competition The Super League; they withdrew from the competition two days later amid near-universal condemnation.

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Arsenal FC finished the season in eighth place , not qualifying for a European competition for the first time in 26 years.

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In 1909, Sparta Prague adopted a dark red kit like the one Arsenal FC wore at the time; in 1938, Hibernian adopted the design of the Arsenal FC shirt sleeves in their own green and white strip.

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In 1941, Luis Robledo, an England-schooled founder of Santa Fe and a fan of Arsenal FC, selected the main colors for his newly created team.

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Arsenal FC reached the FA Cup final again the following year wearing the red and white home strip and were beaten by Leeds United.

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The following season, Arsenal FC returned to the yellow and blue scheme, albeit with a darker shade of blue than before.

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Arsenal FC continued to play their home games there for the next twenty years, until the move to north London in 1913.

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Widely referred to as Highbury, Arsenal FC Stadium was the club's home from September 1913 until May 2006.

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Arsenal FC's fanbase are referred to as "Gooners" – the name derived from the club's nickname "The Gunners".

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Arsenal FC have the seventh highest average attendance of European football clubs only behind Borussia Dortmund, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Schalke.

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The club's location, adjoining wealthy areas such as Canonbury and Barnsbury, mixed areas such as Islington, Holloway, Highbury, and the adjacent London Borough of Camden, and largely working-class areas such as Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington, has meant that Arsenal FC's supporters have come from a variety of social classes.

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Much of the Afro-Caribbean support comes from the neighbouring London Borough of Hackney and a large portion of the South Asian Arsenal FC supporters commute to the stadium from Wembley Park, North West of the capital.

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Arsenal FC is based on a drawing by then 11-year-old Peter Lovell, whose design and another similar idea won a Junior Gunners contest; his official back story is that he hatched from an egg found during renovations at Highbury.

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In November 2020, in advance of COVID-19 regulations being relaxed to allow supporters to attend home games from 3 December, Arsenal FC announced that Gunnersaurus would return, to be played by a roster of people that could include Quy if he wished.

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Arsenal FC featured in the first edition of the BBC's Match of the Day, which screened highlights of their match against Liverpool at Anfield on 22 August 1964.

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Many Arsenal FC players appeared as themselves in the film and manager George Allison was given a speaking part.

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Arsenal FC have often been stereotyped as a defensive and "boring" side, especially during the 1970s and 1980s.

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In 1985, Arsenal FC founded a community scheme, "Arsenal FC in the Community", which offered sporting, social inclusion, educational and charitable projects.

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On 3 September 2016 The Arsenal FC Foundation has donated £1m to build football pitches for children in London, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan and Somalia thanks to The Arsenal FC Foundation Legends Match against Milan Glorie at the Emirates Stadium.

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On 3 June 2018, Arsenal FC played Real Madrid in the Corazon Classic Match 2018 at the Bernabeu, where the proceeds went to Realtoo Real Madrid Foundation projects that are aimed at the most vulnerable children.

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Arsenal FC have achieved three League and FA Cup "Doubles", a feat only previously achieved by Manchester United .

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Arsenal FC have one of the best top-flight records in history, having finished below fourteenth only seven times.

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Arsenal FC have the highest average league finishing position for the 20th century, with an average league placement of 8.

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Arsenal FC hold the record for the longest run of unbeaten League matches .

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David O'Leary holds the record for Arsenal FC appearances, having played 722 first-team matches between 1975 and 1993.

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The Kent Junior Cup, won by Royal Arsenal FC's reserves, was the club's first trophy, while the first team's first trophy came three weeks later when they won the Kent Senior Cup.

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Arsenal FC's first first-team trophy was a County Cup, the inaugural Kent Senior Cup.

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Arsenal FC became ineligible for the London Cups when the club turned professional in 1891, and rarely participated in County Cups after this.

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Arsenal FC Women are the most successful team in English women's football having won a total of 58 trophies.

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The men's and women's clubs are formally separate entities but have close ties; Arsenal FC Women are entitled to play at the Emirates Stadium, though they usually play their home matches at Meadow Park in Borehamwood.

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