Arsenal Football Club!! The Gunners is a strong English giant with a reliable and consistent pattern of play, administration and philosophy. You’ve got to love the club especially if you’re a fan of entertainment – the English way.
The Gunners, named after Royal Arsenal Complex was established in October 1886 by David Danskin and fifteen workers from South East London (formerly Woolwich). Like other sporting brands, Gunners have had the opportunity of rebranding on many occasions. In 1893, the club changed name to Woolwich Arsenal upon becoming a limited liability company. Also, the year 1913 saw another change of name to “The Arsenal” after relegation back to the second division. In subsequent years, Arsenal dropped “The” from its name beginning with official documentations and adopted the current name – Arsenal Football Club, that it uses till date.
In addition, the crest of the club has undergone facelifts in the past years. In 1888, the first logo was unveiled and it had three cannons engraved over it. The crest was almost similar to the coat of arms of Metropolitan Borough, Woolwich. Over the years, a slight re-modification of existing crest was adapted. The crest had only one cannon facing east-ward and The Gunners engraved on it; the crest was later dropped in 1922 and has undergone many re-modifications until 2011-2012 season when the club celebrated her 125th anniversary.
Interestingly, the history of the club is a rich one filled with triumphs, gloom and uncertainty. The club was the first English football side to achieve FA and League Cup double in 1993; and one of the English clubs to have won the FA Cup twice consecutively in 2002 and 2003, and 2014 and 2015 respectively. In all, the club is a high achiever having won 13 FA Cups, 15 FA Community Shields, 13 League titles, 1 League Centenary Trophy, 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, 2 League Cups, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup among others as of 2019. The club earned the name “The Invincibles”, having won the Premier League in 2003–04 coasting to victory as it remained unbeaten in all her matches. The club has also been in the news for good reasons especially for the stability accorded to its management; a feat that saw Arsène Wenger, the predecessor of Unai Emery exit the club after twenty-two years at the helms of affairs.
Conversely, the club has been criticized for policies such as low fund disbursement and failure to sign key players which is adjudged as stifling to developments in football. Despite these shortcomings, it is without doubt that The Gunners is a team to love any day. So, do you think your knowledge of Arsenal Football Club is vast? Then the Arsenal quiz is yours.