Team Highlight : Arsenal F.C

Arsenal winning the English Premier League during the  2003/04 season. Photo: goal.com 

Arsenal, a professional football club is currently based in Islington,London, England. It stands proud as one of the most successful and respected clubs in the current scene, attracting the public crowds regarding any sort of news. Prior to their playstyle, they let their results speak for them, in addition to winning 28 major domestic trophies, the club too hold the longest
record for unbeaten streak and long run in the top flight of English football, the English Premier League.

 

Origin of Arsenal F.C.

Picture of Dial Square football team in 1886. Photo: arsenal.com

The club started off as a simple works team named Dial Square in 1886 where the players were just blacksmith’s that were in charge of building cannons. This thus, gave the reason for naming the club as the Gunners. Shortly thereafter, they took a new identity to their team name to Royal Arsenal, the name of a whole standing complex. But once again, the club managed to
turn professional and changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal, becoming a full-fledged member of
the Football League in 1893. The club is then the first southern member of the Football League, starting out in the Second Division and promoting to First Division in 1904.

The following time period was filled with adversities, the club was on the brink of bankruptcy by 1910. However, businessmen by the name of Henry Norris and William Hall got involved
with the club and sought to shift them elsewhere, saving them from the unfortunate predicament. Moreover in 1913, soon after the relegation back to Second Division, Woolwich Arsenal was thus changed to simply just “ The Arsenal”. With that eventually came the football club that we love and know today, Arsenal F.C

 

Arsenal Rise Over the Years

Newly appointed Arsenal manager, Herbert Chapman with his team. Photo: arsenal.com

Arsenal’s first sight of prominence only came after hiring Herbert Chapman as appointed manager in 1925. Chapman made the improvisation and began modernising in many aspects
of the club, from changing the training regime with gameplay tactical changes to the club;s
traditional 2-3-5 formation. Apart from training, the club got their hands too on a couple of rising star players which eventually led to their first major win in 1930, triumphing over Huddersfield Town with a 2-0 victory in the Football Association final. This paves the way to a brighter future for Arsenal F.C. as they claimed another 5 league titles and FA Cup trophy is the 1930s.

Subsequently, the post WWII period came with a wave of prosperity with another 2 League titles and a FA Cup, followed by a standstill period for the next 17 years. Arsenal experienced another change of manager where George Graham stepped up and provided the team with a more
defensive intriguing direction which he found was a better fit for the team. And that theory was proven right when during the 9 years of Graham service, the club managed to clinch 2 league titles, 2 league cups , an FA cup as well as the very first Cup Winners’ Cup by winning against Parma in the finals.

However, Arsenal actually became more favorable to watch from both a fan and a competitor viewpoint when Arsène Wenger took over as coach. Contradicting the George Graham defensive approach, Wenger favors the offensive approach where attacking is everything. Thus marks the
Wenger era.

 

Present Day Arsenal

Current Arsenal F.C. lineup in 2020. Photo: wordlfootball.net

With the implementation of Wenger coaching, the club became a goal-scoring beast with the successful transfer of players such as Robert Pirés, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. Coming to the 2000s, the club managed to claim 3 league titles and 3 FA Cups.

However, what took the show was the 2003 – 2004 season. WIthin that particular season, the club managed to not lose a single game in the Premier League, leaving them with a record of longest winning streak ever. The notable player within that squad was Thierry Henry when he
scored a total of 30 goals in just 37 matches, bestowing the squad as “The Invincibles.

Arsenal then grew to become one of the top clubs in England, to a degree that the 38,419 seats at Highbury stadium was actually not enough to accommodate all. Therefore, the management proceeded to build up the Emirate Stadium in 2006, potentially accommodating over
60,000 in crowd numbers.

As of today, Arsenal still stands in a similar position of a longstanding tower. While the club was always being favored to win the entire league, a trail of unfortunate events such as injuries or game upsets would cut them off and end the journey for them. Despite that, the club still manages to uphold its image and results to its fans everywhere, with 3 additional FA cup wins in 2005, 2014 and 2015. Thus, Arsenal still remains to this day, as one of the most successful clubs in the competition’s history.