Arsenal Football Club

Geographic Location: The Arsenal Football Club is based in Holloway, North London.

Team’s History: Arsenal was founded as Dial Square in 1886 by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, but were renamed Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards. They renamed themselves again to Woolwich Arsenal after turning professional in 1891. The club joined the Football League in 1893, starting out in the Second Division, and won promotion to the First Division in 1904. In 1913, soon after relegation back to the Second Division, they moved across the Thames to the new Arsenal Stadium in Highbury, North London; they dropped “Woolwich” from their name the following year. In May 2006 they left Highbury, moving to their current home, the Emirates Stadium in nearby Ashburton Grove, Holloway.

Arsenal have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with neighbours Tottenham Hotspur, located four miles away in Tottenham.

Current Success: In 2005–06 became the first London club to reach the UEFA Champions League final.

Past Success: Arsenal have won thirteen First Division and Premier League titles, and ten FA Cups.

First Division and Premier League titles: 13
1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, 1947-48, 1952-53, 1970-71, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04

FA Cups: 10
1929-30, 1935-36, 1949-50, 1970-71, 1978-79, 1992-93, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05

League Cups: 2
1986-87, 1992-93

Charity Shields and Community Shields: 12
1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1
1969-70

European Cup Winners’ Cup: 1
1993-94Current and Past Players:
Jens Lehmann (Germany)
Cesc Fabregas (Spain)
Tomas Rosicky (Czech Republic)
Fredrik Ljungberg (Sweden)
Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
Thierry Henry (France)
William Gallas (France)
Jose Antonio Reyes (Spain)
Denilson (Brazil)
Sol Campbell (England)
Ashley Cole (England)
Patrick Vieira (France)
Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)

Club Manager: Arsene Wenger (France)

Uniforms: In 1922, the club adopted their first single-cannon crest, featuring an eastward-pointing cannon, with the club’s nickname, The Gunners. In 2002 they introduced a new crest featuring more modern curved lines and a simplified style.

For much of Arsenal’s history, their home colors have been bright red shirts with white sleeves and white shorts. Generally, the away colors in this period have been either two-tone blue designs, or variations on the traditional yellow and blue.

Fans: Arsenal fans often refer to themselves as “Gooners”, the name being derived from the team’s nickname, “The Gunners”.In addition to the usual English football chants, Arsenal’s supporters sing “One-Nil to the Arsenal” (to the tune of “Go West”) and “Boring, Boring Arsenal”, which used to be a common taunt from opposition fans but is now sung ironically by Arsenal supporters when the team is playing well.
Team Nicknames: The Gunners

Stadium: The Emirates Stadium is a football stadium located on Ashburton Grove in Holloway, north London, and the home of Arsenal Football Club since it opened in July 2006; the stadium has an all-seated capacity of 60,432.

PROS: Recent success, marquee players, lots of young talent, great stadium, signed a deal with Colorado Rapids in the MLS

CONS: Large bandwagon, no American players, signed a deal with Colorado Rapids (yeah, this is good and bad [ I don’t like Colorado])

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