Arsenal:

Nicknames: The Gunners or Gooners.

City: Based in north London.

In late 1886, a group of workers from the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory decided to form a football team. They called themselves Dial Square as a reference to the sundial atop the entrance to the factory.  The club used to play in South East London, on the other side of the Thames river. In 1913, the club moved to north London and moved into Highbury, which was their home until 2006 and was a well-respected stadium. They moved to their new ground just half a mile away named the Emirates Stadium named through sponsorship, which cost over £390 million to build and has a capacity of 60,000.

Arsenal’s colors have been bright red shirts with white sleeves. The choice of red is in recognition of a charitable donation from Nottingham Forest, soon after Arsenal was founded in 1886 but they have played in a slight variation on this colour this dark red kit that the team wore during their first season at Highbury in 1913/14.

Arch-enemy: Tottenham.

Honors: Arsenal have won the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup 10 times, the League Cup twice, and the FA Community Shield 12 times. In Europe, the Gunners have won the European Cup Winners’ Cup once, and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup once too.

100 Club: The 100 Club formally recognises some of the Club’s greatest former players, they must have made over 100 appearances!

Did You Know? In 1919, Arsenal finished in fifth place in Division Two, but were dubiously elected to rejoin the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and this is why the have so much rivalry to this day.

Famous Players: Arsenal have a number of famous players including David O’Leary – the player with the most appearances for the club (722), Tony Adams – who is second in the all time appearance list with 668. He was also captain from 1988 to 2002, Thierry Henry – 228 goals in 396 appearances, Patrick Vieira, who made over 400 appearances.

Fun Fact: Arsenal have one of the best top-flight records in history, having finished below fourteenth only seven times.

Biggest away defeat overall:
0-8 (Loughborough Town(a) 12 Dec 1896 Lge Div 2)

Biggest home win overall:
12-0 (At Woolwich v Loughborough Town (h) 12 March 1900 – Lge (Div 2))

Unofficial Web Sites:
Arsenal Land
Arsenal World (Footy Mad)
German Gunners
Tipperary Gunners
Goonersworld Forum
Untold Arsenal