Arsenal Football Club History, Facts & Records

A Brief History of Arsenal Football Club

Founded: 1886

Nickname: The Gunners

Arsenal won their first major trophies in the 1930’s under the stewardship of Herbert Chapman.

In 1970/71 Arsenal became only the second club in the 20th Century to win the League and FA Cup double.

Arsene Wenger won a league and cup double in his first full season in charge, 1997/98 and went on to win a second double in 2001/02.

In addition to winning 28 major domestic trophies, Arsenal hold the record for longest unbeaten streak and longest run in the top flight of English football

Picture of the Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium

Stadium Capacity: 60,704

Stadium Info:

The Emirates Stadium (known as Ashburton Grove prior to sponsorship, and as Arsenal Stadium for UEFA competitions) is located in Holloway, London, England

With a capacity of 60,704 it is the fourth-largest football stadium in England

In 1997, Arsenal explored the possibility of relocating to a new stadium, having been denied planning permission by Islington Council to expand its home stadium, Highbury.

After considering various options (including purchasing Wembley Stadium), the club bought an industrial and waste disposal estate in Ashburton Grove in 2000.

A year later, they received the council’s approval to build a stadium on the site; manager Arsène Wenger described this as the “biggest decision in Arsenal’s history” since the board appointed Herbert Chapman.

Relocation began in 2002, but financial difficulties delayed work until February 2004. The entire stadium project was completed in 2006 at a cost of £390 million.

The stadium has undergone a process of “Arsenalisation” since 2009 with the aim of restoring Arsenal’s heritage and history. The stadium has hosted international fixtures and music concerts.

The club’s former stadium was redeveloped as Highbury Square, an apartment complex.

Stadium Naming Rights

The naming rights of the Stadium were sold in 2004 for a projected £100M to Emirates Airline. The 15 year deal also included an 8 year shirt sponsorship deal starting in 2006/07

Highest Attendance: 60,161
Arsenal 2 – 2 Manchester United
Premier League 3 November 2007

Arsenal Manager: Mikel Arteta

Appointed: November 2019

Mikel Arteta was appointed as the club’s new manager, on a three-and-a-half year deal, in November 2019.

The 37-year-old who had no prior experience as a head coach, although had worked under Pep Guardiola, as assistant coach, at Manchester City.

Arteta had previously played for Arsenal for five years and was club captain during that time, so he fully knows what’s expected at the club.

Arsenal Chairman: Chips Keswick

Appointed: June 2013

Sir John Chippendale “Chips” Lindley Keswick is a British merchant banker and member of the Keswick family who control Jardine Matheson, founded by William Jardine. In June 2013, he became Chairman of Arsenal football club

Arsenal Captain: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Appointed: November 2019

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has worn the armband for the Gunners since Granit Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy in November 2019

Arsenal Club Mascot: Gunnersaurus

Gunnersaurus made his debut at Highbury for the match against Manchester City in the League on 20th August, 1993. Arsenal won 3–0

Arsenal Football Kits 2019/20 Season

Kit Sponsor: Fly Emirates

Kit Manufacturer: Adidas agrees reported £300 million deal to produce Arsenal Football kits. The £60 million per year deal that Arsenal will receive makes the deal the third highest in history

Home Kit

Away Kit

3rd Kit

Arsenal’s Premier League History

Arsenal have been Premier League Champions three times and have been Runners-Up on six occasions


Premier League Table 2019/20

2Manchester City38263910235+6781
3Manchester United38181286636+3066
5Leicester City38188126741+2662
6Tottenham Hotspur381611116147+1459
7Wolverhampton Wanderers38151495140+1159
9Sheffield United381412123939054
13Newcastle United381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove Albion38914153954-1541
16West Ham United38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
20Norwich City3856272675-4921

Arsenal’s FA Cup Wins

Arsenal are currently the most successful FA Cup Winning Team and they lead the way with 13 Wins

2015ArsenalAston Villa4-0
2014ArsenalHull City3-2Extra Time
2005ArsenalManchester United0-05-4 on Pens
1998ArsenalNewcastle United2-0
1993ArsenalSheffield Wednesday2-1Replay & Extra Time
1979ArsenalManchester United3-2
1971ArsenalLiverpool2-1Extra Time
1936ArsenalSheffield United1-0
1930ArsenalHuddersfield Town2-0

Arsenal’s Football League Cup Wins

english football league cup trophy
1993ArsenalSheffield Wednesday2-1Coca-Cola Cup
1987ArsenalLiverpool2-1Littlewoods Challenge Cup

Arsenal In European Competition

UEFA’s club competition trophies
The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Europa League ©UEFA
1993European Cup Winners’ CupArsenalParma1-0
1970Inter-Cities Fairs CupArsenalAnderlecht4-3 Agg

Arsenal’s Record Appearances: David O’Leary

Club Appearances: 722

David O’Leary broke numerous appearance records at Arsenal; he was the youngest person to reach the 100 and 200 match milestones, and he made his 400th appearance while still only 26. He passed George Armstrong’s all-time record of 621 first-team games in November 1989.

Top 10 Arsenal Player Appearances

  • 722 David O’Leary
  • 669 Tony Adams
  • 621 George Armstrong
  • 619 Lee Dixon
  • 584 Nigel Winterburn
  • 564 David Seaman
  • 528 Pat Rice
  • 501 Peter Storey
  • 481 John Radford
  • 477 Peter Simpson

Competitive matches only

Arsenal’s Record Goal Scorer: Thierry Henry

Total Goals: 228

  • League Goals 175
  • FA Cup Goals 8
  • League Cup Goals 2
  • European Goals 42

Thierry Henry is the all-time top goalscorer for Arsenal and was Arsenal’s leading goalscorer for seven consecutive seasons, from 1999/00 to 2005/06

Top 10 Arsenal Goal Scorers

  • 228 Thierry Henry
  • 185 Ian Wright
  • 178 Cliff Bastin
  • 149 John Radford
  • 139 Jimmy Brain
  • 139 Ted Drake
  • 137 Doug Lishman
  • 132 Robin van Persie
  • 125 Joe Hulme
  • 124 David Jack

Arsenal’s Club Record Signing: Nicolas Pepe

Transfer Fee: £72m

Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal for a club record fee of £72m from Lille on 1st August 2019

Arsenal’s Top 5 Highest Transfers In

  1. Nicolas Pepe £72m from Lille in August 2019
  2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang £55m from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018
  3. Alexandre Lacazette £45m from Lyon in July 2017
  4. Mesut Özil £38.2m from Real Madrid in September 2013
  5. Shkodran Mustafi £35m from Valencia in August 2016

Arsenal’s Top 5 Highest Transfers Out

  1. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain £40m to Liverpool in August 2017
  2. Alex Iwobi £35m to Everton in August 2019
  3. Cesc Fabregas £29.8m to Barcelona in August 2011
  4. Marc Overmars £25m to Barcelona in July 2000
  5. Emmanuel Adebayor £25m to Manchester City in July 2009

Arsenal’s Official Club Tours & Museum

Tours Info: A must for all Football fans, not just Arsenal Fans.

The club offers four different Tour Experiences and is sure to offer a great day out for fans.

Here’s my review on the four Arsenal Official Club Tours that are available

Arsenal Fan Club Membership

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Arsenal’s Club Information

Club Links

Arsenal Club Website:

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