|Arsenal Football Club History
12/07/2010-Arsenal football club is one of the most popular and celebrated football clubs in England. It is a historic club since its inception to date. The history of this famous club can be described in two faces. Read this article to know more about Arsenal or visit dailyenhanced.co.uk to find the latest Arsenal odds here.
This period covers the foundation of the club; its first period in competitive football and the success in the years 1930's to 1950's and its decline into the mid-table in the 1960's.
In 1886, arsenal football clubs was founded as a worker's team in the tiny area of Woolwich, South London, though it turned professional in 1891, joining the football league in 1893. In 1904, this club joined the first division but bankruptcy almost befell them by 1910 due to financial problems. This saw Sir. Henry Norris buy this club to improve its financial standings. This then followed with the teams' move to the official Arsenal Stadium in Highbury North London in 1913. During the World War I, football was affected and the premier had to take a stop but after this war, the owner of the club by then Sir Henry Norris arranged for its promotion in controversial circumstances back to the first division.
The appointment of Herbert Chapman as the manager brought so much glory to this club. Due to his skillful managerial skills, the tactician reformed and modernized the tactics and practices of the club. He is referred to as the 'Great Innovator', due to his innovative skills that saw the introduction of the famous white striped Arsenal fc shirts. In 1934, George Allison took over after the death of the innovator. In the 1930's, arsenal won its major trophies, five in first division and two FA cups. After WW II, Tom Whittaker took over as the manager and continued the success wining an FA Cup and two first Division Titles. The death of Whittaker saw arsenal decline to the mid table and it never won a trophy for 13 years. In 1966, Billy Wright was dismissed as the manager and Bertie Mee took over turning around the club into fortune.
1966 to Present
The appointment of Bertie Mee saw arsenal win its first league and followed with FA double in 1970-71. This followed a dry spell of trophies only making FA cup win in the 1978-79 season. The return of former player Graham George in 1986, brought some glory where arsenal won the league cup in 1986-1987 and other two titles in 88-89, and 90- 91. In 1992-93, Arsenal won league double and the FA Cup and second European trophy followed in the following season. This manager was sacked in 1995, when it was revealed that he used kickbacks to sign certain players.
Arsene Wenger was appointed manager in 1995 and won cup double and second league in the 1997-98 season and the third trophy in 2001-02 season. In the 2002-03 and 2004-05 seasons, Arsenal won FA Cup consecutively and followed it with a premier league win during the 2003-04 season setting the unbeaten record. During the 2005-06 season, arsenal reached the finals of the UEFA Champions League and they were beaten by Barcelona 2-1 setting history as the first London Club to reach the final of this competition. The following season saw arsenal move from their Highbury Stadium to the Emirates Stadium nearby.