Arsenal, one of the most successful and widely followed clubs in English football, has 13 First Division and Premier League titles along with 10 FA cup titles to their credit. Based in Holloway, London, Arsenal was founded back in 1886 in Woolwich. Arsenal has a rich history, which makes it one of the premium clubs in English Football and European Football leagues. Like all famous football clubs that we follow, the Gunners (as the Arsenal team is called) have had some very memorable moments in their journey to success. Listed below are top 10 memorable moments in the journey of Arsenal.
10. Arsenal won first league title:
Having won the FA cup title in 1930, Arsenal came into the new League season in 1931 with more fervor only to register their first League title victory. The team, blessed with a great mix of swift attackers and laboring midfield and defense, exhibited with the number of goals they scored throughout the league. This season marked the emergence of a team which would go on to show excellence and win many more titles.
9. Local tube station named after the club:
With the influence of charismatic manager Herbert Chapman, who foresaw the opportunity to get an underground station named as the team, Arsenal became the only football team in London to have an underground station named after them. It was on November 5, 1932 when the club’s name made a debut on the London’s local tube.
8. Seven ‘Gunners’ selected for England squad:
The England National Football team sees the best English talent from almost all the top rated football clubs in England. But it was on November 14, 1934 (for the first time, and still a record) that seven players from a club (Arsenal in this case) were selected to play in the England starting XI in a friendly against world champions Italy. With the class of football the world saw that day from the English, compelled all to believe that a new powerhouse in world football had arrived.
7. Arsenal rides to a hat-trick of titles:
In the early 30s, under the reign and management of Herbert Chapman, Arsenal had become a dominant force in football having won two successive titles. After Chapman’s sudden death, George Allison took command and led the side to complete a hat-trick of championship titles. The underlined strength and skill of the Gunners was too much for the other teams all through the three successive seasons.
6. Arsenal wins FA cup:
Following a long drought of titles, under the leadership of inspirational Joe Mercer, Arsenal came back in the year 1950 to lift the FA cup third time in the Club’s history, defeating Liverpool 2-0 at Wembley. The victory meant so much to the Arsenal squad that extremely jovial Mercer was carried by the team all around Wembley with the trophy in his hands.
5. Arsenal won title with 0.099 on goal difference:
When it comes to the most dramatic and closest title races in the history of club football, Arsenal’s victory in 1952/53 season deserves a mention. Preston North End FC was locked with Arsenal at the top of the points table, with one game each to play. Preston won their game and Arsenal in a nerve-wrecking finish managed to win the title for the seventh time, but this time with one of the narrowest margins in history.
4. Wenger as Arsenal boss:
He was virtually unknown when he was first flown in from Japan to the helm of Arsenal in 1996. Arsène Wenger soon showed what he was made of, as the Frenchmen led to the side to some emphatic victories and titles, along the way silencing all his critics. Wenger, besides the results and trophies, will be remembered by all Thierry Henry and Arsenal fans as a mentor who turned Henry into a superstar striker from a mere talented winger.
3. Record 49 games unbeaten:
When we talk about some of the finest memorable moments in Arsenal’s history, we can’t miss the record unbeaten run of the Gunners between May 2003 and October 2004. This was the time when the players in the Arsenal squad matured and kicked around to become a force to reckon in Premier League. In this period Arsenal went unbeaten for 49 games drawing only 13 of these encounters.
2. Thierry Henry club’s record scorer:
One of the extraordinary talents to grace the red and white shirt of Arsenal was Frenchman Thierry Henry. Henry wasn’t a threat to any highest goal record at the club but the player and manager Arsène Wenger had other plans. No one could have predicted that the talented winger will swiftly transform into a superstar striker who will score 226 goals for Arsenal before moving to Barcelona.
1. Arsenal new home at Emirates Stadium:
When it comes to memories, the club’s shift to their new stadium, just down the road from Highbury where they reached to the top of the football ladder, in 2006 marks as the sweetest memory for all Gunners and their fans. Arsenal left nostalgic Highbury after 93 years to move to the state-of-the-art venue they call the Emirates Stadium, which is the new base for this instrumental football club.