Starting to compete in The Football League in 1893 so far Arsenal has gone through many ups and downs of development. Over the 28 Premier League seasons in the history of development, Arsenal football team has won the championship three times (1997/98; 2001/02; 2003/04) under the leadership of Arsene Wenger. They are also the most successful team in FA Cup history. 

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In this article, let’s take a look at the development history of the team over the generations of coaches.

Some general information about the Arsenal

Since its inception, Arsenal has won 13 national championships, 13 FA Cups (record), 3 Premier League Cups, 2 English League Cups, 1 League Cup of the Century, 15 English Super Cups, 1 UEFA Cup and 1 The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Arsenal is the club with the second highest number of wins at the highest level in English football history, and is also the only English team so far to win the national championship with a record unbeaten record in 38 rounds, recognizing ‘The Invincibles’ and won the Premier League Gold Cup.

Arsenal became the first club in the South of England to join The Football League in 1893, before starting to play in the English First Division in 1904. They were relegated only once in 1913, and so far. the team that has been in England’s top league for the longest time. In the 1930s, Arsenal won 5 British national championships and 2 FA Cups after World War II, they won 2 more British national championships and 1 FA Cup. In the 1970–71 season, they won the England league double and the FA Cup. In the period 1989–2005, they won five more British national championships and five FA Cups, including two braces. They end the twentieth century with the highest average ranking.

Arsenal players and fans parade to celebrate the 2004 championship

Herbert Chapman was the man who brought Arsenal to the first national titles, but died prematurely. He was the inventor of the WM tactical scheme, discovered playing ball under high pressure lights, number of jerseys, choosing white for the sleeves and red for the Arsenal kit. Arsène Wenger is the longest in office coach and leads the club to the most trophies. He holds the record for winning 7 FA Cups, the longest string of victories in English football history and the longest streak of unbeaten matches with the club.

In 1886, a group of workers working at the Woolwich ammunition factory formed a team called Dial Square. In 1913, the team moved to Highbury and became a neighbor to Tottenham Hotspur, thereby creating the North London Derby. In 2006, the team moved to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal is the world’s sixth-highest grossing club with £ 487.6 million in the 2016–17 season. According to media coverage from the 2014–15 season, Arsenal has the fifth largest fan base in the world. According to a report by audit firm KPMG in 2018, Arsenal is valued at 2.102 billion EUR, ranking third on the list of the most valuable clubs in England.

The history of the Arsenal

1886–1919: Change of name

On 1 December 1886, a group of workers in Woolwich, now southeast London, formed a football team called Dial Square; shortly thereafter was renamed Royal Arsenal and selected David Danskin as captain. The club won its first two titles in 1890 and 1891. These are also the only titles that Arsenal achieved while playing in the Southeast of London capital.

The place of the club Dial Square, the predecessor of Arsenal

In 1893 the team changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal after becoming a limited liability company. In the same year, Woolwich Arsenal became the first team in the South to participate in The Football League, starting with the English Second Division, then moving to first place in 1904. Due to the inappropriate geographical position, the team Ball has very little audience compared to other clubs. So, in 1910, the company that owned the club went into trouble and bankrupt, but that was when billionaire Henry Norris and businessman William Hall came to the club. He began to look for ways to move team positions and headquarters.

In 1913, after being relegated to second place, the team across the River Thames moved north of London, taking the Highbury Stadium as home, officially taking the club’s name The Arsenal. In 1919, The Football League held a vote, thereby bringing The Arsenal to first place the following season, replacing the team from the same city of Tottenham, even though the team was only sixth in the UK’s pre-war season 1914–15. Some books argue that the results of this first-class redistribution election are not clear. The following year, the club removed the “The” from “The Arsenal” in its official documents, which is also the name used to this day.

1919–1953: Bank of England Club

After being promoted, the club’s budget grew rapidly and its fan base grew as well, and in 1925 Arsenal appointed Herbert Chapman as head coach. After leading Huddersfield Town to the 1923–24 and 1924–25 seasons, Chapman led Arsenal into the first phase of great success. With the right training and signings with star players like Alex James and Cliff Bastin, he laid the foundation for Arsenal’s dominance in English football in the 1930s lead by Chapman, Arsenal won their first major tournament championship – the 1930 FA Cup; and then two national championships in the 1930–31 and 1932–33 seasons. Thanks to him, in 1932, the Gillespie Road metro station was renamed Arsenal, which was a special case when a station took the name of a football club.

Arsenal performance chart since 1893–94 season

Chapman suffered from pneumonia and died suddenly in 1934. After that, Joe Shaw and George Allison continued Chapman’s work with great success. Under their coaching, Arsenal won three more national championships, 1933–34, 1934–35 and 1937–38; and the 1936 FA Cup, while they were also known as the “English Club Pans”. Towards the end of the decade, a series of key players began to stop playing due to the effects of World War II, and Arsenal’s reputation was somewhat overshadowed by the absence of English football. After the war, Arsenal had a second successful run with manager Tom Whittaker, winning two league titles in 1947–48 and 1952–53 with the same FA Cup in 1949–50. 

Through the guidance of a lifetime of talented and enthusiastic coaches, Arsenal has now grown into a strong and influential team in the world. When they were last updated, they officially appeared in the list of four teams participating in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals 2020/21. This is the 10th time in history, Arsenal have participated in the semi-finals of the European Cup, including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – the predecessor of the UEFA Cup and now the Europa League. Arsenal’s opponent in the semi-finals is Villarreal. The remaining match will be played between Manchester United and Italian giants Roma.

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