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Arsenal
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Full nameArsenal Football Club
Nickname(s) The Gunners
Founded 1886 as Dial Square
Ground Emirates Stadium
Holloway
London
Capacity 60,432<ref name="capacity">
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Chairman Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Peter Hill-Wood
Head Coach Image:Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger
League FA Premier League
2005–06 Premier League, 4th
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Home colours
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Away colours

Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. They play in the FA Premier League and are one of the most successful clubs in English football. Arsenal have won thirteen First Division and Premier League titles, ten FA Cups and in 2005–06 became the first London club to reach the UEFA Champions League final. Arsenal are also members of the G-14 group of leading European football clubs.

Arsenal were founded in Woolwich, south-east London, in 1886, but in 1913 they moved north across the city to Arsenal Stadium, Highbury. In May 2006 they left Highbury, moving to their current home, the Emirates Stadium in nearby Ashburton Grove, Holloway. Arsenal have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with neighbours Tottenham Hotspur, located four miles away in Tottenham, whom they play in the North London derby.

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History

Arsenal were founded as Dial Square in 1886 by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, but were renamed Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards. They renamed themselves again to Woolwich Arsenal after turning professional in 1891. The club joined the Football League in 1893, starting out in the Second Division, and won promotion to the First Division in 1904. However, the club's geographic isolation resulted in lower attendances than those of other clubs, which led to the club becoming mired in financial problems. In 1913, soon after relegation back to the Second Division, they moved across the Thames to the new Arsenal Stadium in Highbury, North London. They dropped "Woolwich" from their name the following year, thus becoming one of only two Football League teams not named after a place, the other being Port Vale. Arsenal only finished in fifth place in 1919, but nevertheless were elected to rejoin the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, by reportedly dubious means.<ref>It has been alleged that Arsenal's promotion, on historical grounds rather than merit, was thanks to underhand actions by the then Arsenal chairman, Sir Henry Norris (see History of Arsenal F.C. (1886-1966) for more details). These allegations range from political machinations to outright bribery; no firm proof has ever been offered. A detailed account of what is known can be found in Spurling, Jon (2004). “Chapter Two: Sleaze and the Tory MP”, Rebels for the Cause: The Alternative History of Arsenal Football Club. Mainstream. ISBN 0-575-40015-3. A more speculative account is available from: Template:Cite web</ref>

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Arsenal's players and fans celebrate their 2004 League title win with an open-top bus parade

In 1925, Arsenal appointed the highly successful Herbert Chapman as manager. Chapman had won the league with Huddersfield Town in 1924 and 1925, and he brought Arsenal their first period of major success. His revolutionary tactics and training, along with the signings of star players such as Alex James and Cliff Bastin, laid the foundations of the club's domination of English football in the 1930s. Between 1930 and 1938, Arsenal won the First Division five times and the FA Cup twice, although Chapman did not live to see all of these achievements, as he died of pneumonia in 1934; George Allison succeded him. In addition, Chapman was reportedly behind the 1932 renaming of the local London Underground station from "Gillespie Road" to "Arsenal", making it the only Tube station to be named specifically after a football club.

Following the suspension of English professional football during World War II, under Tom Whittaker Arsenal won the league in 1948 and 1953, and the FA Cup in 1950. However, after that their fortunes waned; unable to attract players of the same calibre as they had in the 1930s, the club spent most of the 1950s and 1960s in trophyless mediocrity. Even former England captain Billy Wright could not bring the club any success as manager, in a stint between 1962 and 1966.

Arsenal's second successful era began with the surprise appointment of club physiotherapist Bertie Mee as manager in 1966. After losing two League Cup finals, they won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, their first European trophy, in 1970. This was followed by an even greater triumph: their first League and FA Cup double in 1971. However, the following decade was characterised by a series of near misses. Arsenal finished as First Division runners-up in 1973, lost three FA Cup finals (1972, 1978 and 1980) and lost the 1980 Cup Winners' Cup final on penalties. The club's only success during this time was an FA Cup win in 1979, with a last-minute 3–2 victory over Manchester United that is widely regarded as a classic.

The return of former player George Graham as manager in 1986 brought a third period of glory. Arsenal won the League Cup in 1987, Graham's first season in charge. This was followed by a League title win in 1989, won with a last-minute goal in the final game of the season against fellow title challengers Liverpool. Graham's Arsenal won another title in 1991, losing only one match, the FA Cup and League Cup double in 1993 and a second European trophy, the Cup Winners' Cup, in 1994. However, Graham's reputation was tarnished when it was revealed that he had taken kickbacks from agent Rune Hauge for signing certain players,<ref>Graham was banned for a year by the Football Association for his involvement in the scandal after he admitted he had received an "unsolicited gift" from Hauge. Reference: Template:Cite web The case is given a detailed treatment in Bower, Tom (2003). Broken Dreams. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7434-4033-1.</ref> and he was sacked in 1995. His replacement, Bruce Rioch, lasted for only one season, leaving the club after a dispute over transfer funds.

The club's success in the late 1990s and 2000s owes a great deal to the appointment of manager Arsène Wenger in 1996. Wenger brought new tactics, a new training regime and several foreign players who complemented the existing English talent. Arsenal won a second league and cup double in 1998 and a third in 2002. In addition, the club reached the final of the 2000 UEFA Cup (losing on penalties to Galatasaray), were victorious in the 2003 and 2005 FA Cups, and won the Premier League in 2004 without losing a single match, which earned the side the nickname "The Invincibles";<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> in all, the club went 49 league matches unbeaten, a national record.

Arsenal have finished in either first or second place in the league in eight of Wenger's ten seasons at the club. They are one of only four teams (along with Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea) to have won the Premier League since its formation in 1993, although they have failed to retain the title each time they have been champions. Until recently, Arsenal had never progressed beyond the Champions League quarter-finals; in 2005–06 however, they reached the competition's Final (the first club from London to do so in the competition's fifty year history), but were beaten 2-1 by FC Barcelona.

Crest

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Arsenal's first crest from 1888
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Arsenal's crest from c. 1949 to 2002

Royal Arsenal's first crest, unveiled in 1888, featured three cannon viewed from above, pointing northwards, similar to the crest of the Borough of Woolwich. These can sometimes be mistaken for chimneys, but the presence of a carved lion's head and a cascabel on each are clear indicators that they are cannon. In 1922, the club adopted its first single-cannon crest, featuring an eastward-pointing cannon. This crest was only used until 1925 when the cannon was reversed to point westward, its barrel was slimmed down and the club's nickname, The Gunners, was inscribed to the left of it. In 1949, the club unveiled a modernised crest featuring the same style of cannon, the club's name set in blackletter above the cannon, and a scroll inscribed with the club's newly adopted Latin motto, Victoria Concordia Crescit (meaning "victory comes from harmony"). For the first time, the crest was rendered in colour – red, green, and gold – which varied slightly over the crest's lifespan.

Because of the numerous revisions of the crest, Arsenal were unable to copyright it; although the club had managed to register the crest as a trademark, and had fought (and eventually won) a long legal battle with a local street trader who sold 'unofficial' Arsenal merchandise,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Arsenal sought a more comprehensive legal protection. Therefore, in 2002 they introduced a new crest featuring more modern curved lines and a simplified style, which was copyrightable.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> The cannon once again faces east and the club's name is written in a sans-serif typeface above the cannon. Green was replaced by dark blue. The new crest received a mixed response from supporters; some claimed that it had ignored much of Arsenal's history and tradition with such a radical modern design, and that the club's fans had not been properly consulted on the issue.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Colours

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Arsenal's original home colours. The team wore a similar kit (but with redcurrant socks) during the 2005–06 season.

For much of Arsenal's history, their home colours have been bright red shirts with white sleeves and white shorts, though this has not always been the case. The choice of red is in recognition of a charitable donation from Nottingham Forest, soon after Arsenal's foundation in 1886. Two of Dial Square's founding members, Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates, were former Forest players who had moved to Woolwich for work. As they put together the first team in the area, no kit could be found, so Beardsley and Bates wrote home for help and received a set of kit and a ball. The shirt was redcurrant, a dark shade of red similar to burgundy, and was worn with white shorts and blue socks.<ref name="squadphotos">Template:Cite web </ref>

In 1933 Herbert Chapman, wanting his players to be more distinctly dressed, updated the kit, adding white sleeves and changing the shade to a brighter pillar box red. The origin of the white sleeves is not conclusively known, but two possible inspirations have been put forward. One story reports that Chapman noticed a supporter in the stands wearing a red sleeveless sweater over a white shirt; another was that he was inspired by a similar outfit worn by famous cartoonist Tom Webster, with whom Chapman played golf.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Regardless of which story is true, the red and white shirts have come to define Arsenal and the team have worn the combination ever since, aside from two seasons. The first was 1966–67, when Arsenal wore all-red shirts;<ref name="squadphotos" /> this proved unpopular and the white sleeves returned the following season. The second was 2005–06, the last season that Arsenal played at Highbury, when the team wore one-year commemorative redcurrant shirts similar to those worn in 1913, their first season in the stadium. The club reverted to their traditional colours at the start of the 2006–07 season.

Arsenal's home colours have been the inspiration for at least two other clubs. In 1909, Sparta Prague adopted a dark red kit like the one Arsenal wore at the time; in the 1930s, Hibernian adopted the design of the Arsenal shirt sleeves in their own green and white strip. Both teams still wear these designs to this day.

Arsenal's away colours are traditionally yellow and blue, although they wore a green and navy away kit for a short while in the early 1980s. Since the 1990s and the advent of the lucrative replica kit market, the away colours have been changed regularly; the general rule currently is that they are changed every season with the outgoing away kit becoming the third choice kit for the following season. Generally, the away colours have been either yellow and blue, or two-tone blue designs, although there was a metallic gold and navy strip for the 2001–02 season. However, many Arsenal fans feel that the blue shirts bring bad luck – all three of the club's recent Premier League titles have come in a season where the team wore yellow or gold away. The away colours for 2005–06 and 2006–07 are yellow and dark grey; this is an exception to the one-season rule to compensate for the short lifetime of the 2005-06 redcurrant commemorative home kit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Arsenal's shirts have been sponsored since 1982, when the club agreed a deal with JVC, which lasted until 1999. Since then, the club shirts have advertised SEGA Dreamcast (1999–2002), O2 (2002–06) and current sponsors Emirates (from 2006 until at least 2014). The shirts themselves have been manufactured by Nike since 1994; before that Umbro (1978–86) and Adidas (1986–94) were responsible for clothing the team.

Stadiums

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The Emirates Stadium filling up on the day of Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial.

For the majority of their time in south-east London, Arsenal played at the Manor Ground in Plumstead, a three-year period at the nearby Invicta Ground between 1890 and 1893 excepted. The Manor Ground was initially just a field, but the club installed stands and terracing in time for their first Football League match in September 1893. They played there for the next twenty years, until the move to north London in 1913.

Arsenal Stadium, widely referred to as Highbury, was Arsenal's home from September 1913 until May 2006. The original stadium was designed by the renowned football architect Archibald Leitch, and had a design common to many football grounds in the UK at the time, with a single covered stand and three open-air banks of terracing. In the 1930s, the entire stadium was given a massive overhaul, with new Art Deco East and West stands constructed, and roofs added to the North Bank and Clock End terraces. At its peak, Highbury could hold over 60,000 spectators, and had a capacity of 57,000 until the early 1990s. The Taylor Report and Premier League regulations forced Arsenal to convert Highbury into an all-seater in time for the 1993–94 season, reducing the capacity to just under 39,000 seated spectators. This capacity had to be reduced further during Champions League matches to accommodate additional advertising hoardings, so much so that for two seasons (1998–99 and 1999–00) Arsenal played Champions League home matches at Wembley, which could house more than 70,000 spectators.

Expansion of Highbury was restricted because the East Stand had been designated as a Grade II listed building and the other three stands were close to residential properties whose owners objected to expansion. These limitations have prevented the club from maximising the revenue that their domestic form could have brought in recent seasons. After considering various options, Arsenal decided in 1999 to build a new 60,000-seater stadium at Ashburton Grove (since renamed the Emirates Stadium), about 500 metres south-west of Highbury. The project was initially delayed by red tape and rising costs, but construction was completed in July 2006, in time for the start of the 2006–07 season. The stadium is named after its sponsors, the airline company Emirates, with whom the club signed the largest sponsorship deal in English football history, worth approximately £100 million;<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> however some fans refer to the ground as Ashburton Grove, or the Grove, as they do not agree with corporate sponsorship of stadium names.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> The stadium will be officially known as Emirates Stadium until at least 2021, and the airline will be the club's shirt sponsor until the end of the 2013–14 season.

Supporters

Arsenal have a large and generally loyal fanbase, with virtually all home matches selling out; in 2005-06, Arsenal had the sixth-highest average attendance in England (38,184).<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> Arsenal fans often refer to themselves as "Gooners", the name being derived from the team's nickname, "The Gunners". The club's location, adjoining both wealthy areas such as Canonbury and Barnsbury, mixed areas such as Finsbury Park and Highbury, and largely working class areas such as Holloway and Stoke Newington has meant that Arsenal's supporters have come from across the usual class divides. Arsenal have the highest proportion (7.7%) of non-white attending supporters of any club in English football,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> possibly because of the high proportion of ethnic minorities in north London.

Like all major English football clubs, Arsenal have a number of domestic supporters' clubs, including the Official Arsenal Football Supporters Club, which is affiliated with the club, and the Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association, which maintains an independent line. The club's supporters also publish fanzines such as The Gooner, Highbury High, Gunflash and the less cerebral Up The Arse!. In addition to the usual English football chants, Arsenal's supporters sing "One-Nil to the Arsenal" (to the tune of "Go West") and "Boring, Boring Arsenal", which used to be a common taunt from opposition fans but is now sung ironically by Arsenal supporters when the team is playing well.

In recent times, a supporter's attachment to a football club has become less dependent on geography, and Arsenal now have many fans not just from London but all over England and the world. While there have always been small pockets of supporters abroad, Arsenal's support base has widened considerably with the advent of satellite television, and there are now significant supporters' clubs worldwide. A 2005 report by Granada Ventures, which owns a 9.9% stake in the club, estimated Arsenal's global fanbase at 27 million, the third largest in the world.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Arsenal's longest-running and deepest rivalry is with their nearest major neighbours, Tottenham Hotspur, with matches between the two being referred to as North London derbies. Matches against other London sides, such as Chelsea and West Ham United are also derbies, but the rivalry is not as intense as that between Arsenal and Tottenham. In addition, Arsenal and Manchester United have had a strong on-pitch rivalry since the late 1980s, which has intensified in recent years when both clubs have been competing for the Premier League title.

Ownership

Arsenal's parent company, Arsenal Holdings plc, operates as a non-quoted public limited company. Arsenal's ownership is considerably different from that of other football clubs. Only 62,000 shares in Arsenal have been issued, and they are not traded on a public exchange such as the FTSE or AIM; instead, they are traded infrequently on PLUS, a specialist market. As of September 2006, Arsenal's market capitalization value is £314m,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> and the club made a pre-tax profit of £15.9m in the year ending May 31 2006.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Arsenal's board of directors hold the majority of the club's shares, controlling over 60% of share capital. Currently, the club's largest shareholders are Danny Fiszman (a London diamond dealer) and Nina Bracewell-Smith (wife of the grandson of former chairman Sir Bracewell Smith), who hold 25.2% and 15.9% respectively. Vice-chairman David Dein holds 14.6% while club chairman Peter Hill-Wood owns less than 1%.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> In recent years, with Arsenal becoming a significant media asset, outside organisations have bought into the club. These include entertainment firm Granada Ventures (a subsidiary of ITV plc) (9.9%) and hedge fund Lansdowne Partners (2.7%); Lansdowne used to have a stake in Manchester United before selling it to Malcolm Glazer.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> In September 2006 an unknown investor bought 700 shares (just over 1% of the club), prompting speculation of a takeover bid.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Arsenal in popular culture

As one of the most successful teams in the country, Arsenal have often featured when football is depicted in British culture and have appeared in a number of media "firsts". On January 22 1927, their match at Highbury against Sheffield United was the first English League match to be broadcast live on radio.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> A decade later, on September 16 1937, an exhibition match between Arsenal's first team and the reserves was the first ever football match to be televised live.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Arsenal also formed the backdrop to one of the earliest football-related films, The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939). The film is centred on a friendly match between Arsenal and an amateur side, one of whose players is poisoned whilst playing. Many Arsenal players appeared as themselves, although only manager George Allison was given a speaking part.

More recently, the book Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby was an autobiographical account of Hornby's life and relationship with football and Arsenal in particular. Published in 1992, it formed part of, and may have played an active part in, the revival and rehabilitation of football in British society during the 1990s. The book was later made into a film starring Colin Firth, which centred on the club's 1988–89 title win. The book also inspired an American film adaptation, about a fan of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox.

Arsenal have often been stereotyped as a defensive and "boring" side, especially during the 1970s and 1980s; many comedians, such as Eric Morecambe, made jokes about this at the team's expense. The theme was repeated in the 1997 film The Full Monty, in a scene where the lead actors move in a line and raise their hands, deliberately mimicking the Arsenal defence's offside trap, in an attempt to co-ordinate their stripping. Another film reference to the club's defence comes in the film Plunkett & Macleane, in which there are two characters named Dixon and Winterburn, named after Arsenal's long serving full backs - the right-sided Lee Dixon and the left-sided Nigel Winterburn.

The club have also been mentioned in several Monty Python's Flying Circus sketches, and in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where a barman remarks that the impending end of the world is a "lucky escape" for Arsenal. Additionally, in the 2004 film Ocean's Twelve, the main characters don Arsenal tracksuits as a disguise, in order to escape from a hotel during one of their European heists.

Arsenal have featured in popular music as well; Joe Strummer wrote the song "Tony Adams", dedicated to the then Arsenal captain, which appeared on his 1999 album Rock Art and the X-Ray Style. Strummer was also known to wear an Arsenal scarf during gigs. Additionally, Arsenal (along with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur) receive a mention in The Pogues song "Billy's Bones", which appears on the band's second album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash.

Arsenal Ladies

For more details on this topic, see Arsenal L.F.C..

Arsenal Ladies are the women's football club affiliated to Arsenal. Founded in 1987, they turned semi-professional in 2002 and are the most successful team in English women's football today. They are managed by Vic Akers, who is also kit manager for the men's side, and play in the FA Women's Premier League; Arsenal Ladies are currently reigning champions, having won their eighth title in 2006.

They also won the FA Women's Cup seven times, the Women's League Cup eight times, and in 2006-07 reached the final of the UEFA Women's Cup, the furthest any English women's club has ever got. While the men's and women's clubs are formally separate they have quite close ties; Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein is president of Arsenal Ladies, and they are entitled to play once a season at the Emirates Stadium (they usually play their home matches at Boreham Wood).

Statistics and records

For more details on this topic, see Arsenal F.C. records.

David O'Leary holds the record for Arsenal appearances, having played 722 first-team matches between 1975 and 1993. Fellow centre half and former captain Tony Adams comes second, having played 668 times. The record for a goalkeeper is held by David Seaman, with 563 appearances.

Current Arsenal captain Thierry Henry is the club's top goalscorer with 220 goals in all competitions (as of October 25, 2006), having surpassed Ian Wright's total of 185 in October 2005. Wright's record had stood since 1997, a feat which overtook the longstanding total of 178 goals set by winger Cliff Bastin in 1939. Henry also holds the club record for goals scored in the League (169, as of October 25 2006), a record that had been held by Bastin until February 2006.

Arsenal's record home attendance is 73,707, for a UEFA Champions League match against RC Lens on November 25, 1998 at Wembley Stadium, where Arsenal formerly played home European matches because of the limits on Highbury's capacity. The record attendance for an Arsenal match at Highbury is 73,295, for a 0-0 draw against Sunderland on 9 March 1935. The capacity of Emirates Stadium is 60,432,<ref name="capacity"/> so it is unlikely that these records will be broken in the foreseeable future.

Arsenal have also set records in English football, most notably the most consecutive seasons spent in the top flight (80 as of 2006-07) and the longest run of unbeaten League matches (49 between May 2003 and October 2004). This included all 38 matches of the 2003–04 season, making Arsenal only the second club ever to finish a top-flight campaign unbeaten, after Preston North End (who played only 22 matches) in 1888–89.

Arsenal also set a UEFA Champions League record during the 2005-06 season by going ten matches without conceding a goal, beating the previous best of seven set by A.C. Milan. They went a record total stretch of 995 minutes without letting an opponent score; the streak finally ended in the final against Barcelona, when Samuel Eto'o scored Barcelona's equaliser in the 76th minute.

Players

Current squad

As of November 8, 2006.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

No. Position Player
1 Image:Flag of Germany.svg GK Jens Lehmann
2 Image:Flag of France.svg MF Abou Diaby
4 Image:Flag of Spain.svg MF Cesc Fàbregas
5 Image:Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg DF Kolo Touré
6 Image:Flag of Switzerland.svg DF Philippe Senderos
7 Image:Flag of the Czech Republic (bordered).svg MF Tomáš Rosický
8 Image:Flag of Sweden.svg MF Fredrik Ljungberg
9 Image:Flag of Brazil.svg MF Júlio Baptista<ref name="baptista">The nature of Baptista's transfer to Arsenal is uncertain. Arsenal state that the transfer was for "an undisclosed fee" (Reference: Template:Cite web) However most news sources, including the BBC, reported it was a one-year loan with a view to a permanent transfer at the end, like José Antonio Reyes' move in the opposite direction at the same time (Reference: Template:Cite web)</ref>
10 Image:Flag of France.svg DF William Gallas
11 Image:Flag of the Netherlands.svg FW Robin van Persie
12 Image:Flag of Cameroon.svg DF Lauren
13 Image:Flag of Belarus.svg MF Aliaksandr Hleb
14 Image:Flag of France.svg FW Thierry Henry (captain)
No. Position Player
15 Image:Flag of Brazil.svg MF Denílson
16 Image:Flag of France.svg MF Mathieu Flamini
17 Image:Flag of Cameroon.svg MF Alexandre Song
19 Image:Flag of Brazil.svg MF Gilberto Silva (vice-captain)
20 Image:Flag of Switzerland.svg DF Johan Djourou
21 Image:Flag of Estonia.svg GK Mart Poom
22 Image:Flag of France.svg DF Gaël Clichy
24 Image:Flag of Spain.svg GK Manuel Almunia
25 Image:Flag of Togo.svg FW Emmanuel Adebayor
27 Image:Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg DF Emmanuel Eboué
30 Image:Flag of France.svg FW Jérémie Aliadière
31 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Justin Hoyte
32 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Theo Walcott

Players out on loan

No. Position Player
29 Image:Flag of Sweden.svg MF Sebastian Larsson (at Birmingham City, until May 2007)
33 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Matthew Connolly (at Bournemouth, until January 2007)
38 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Kerrea Gilbert (at Cardiff City, until May 2007)
–– Image:Flag of Denmark.svg FW Nicklas Bendtner (at Birmingham City, until May 2007)
–– Image:Flag of Italy.svg FW Arturo Lupoli (at Derby County, until May 2007)
–– Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Fabrice Muamba (at Birmingham City, until May 2007)
–– Image:Flag of Spain.svg FW José Antonio Reyes (at Real Madrid, until August 2007)<ref name="reyes">In a press conference Reyes confirmed he was on loan for the 2006-07 season with a view to a permanent transfer at the end. Reference: Template:Cite web</ref>
–– Image:Flag of Ireland (bordered).svg FW Anthony Stokes (at Falkirk, until January 2007)
–– Image:Flag of Mexico.svg FW Carlos Vela (at Salamanca)<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Reserves

Notable players

For more details on this topic, see List of Arsenal F.C. players.

Managers

As of October 14, 2006. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat From To Record
PWDLFA
Sam Hollis Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1894 July 1897 95431438213181
Thomas Mitchell Image:Flag of Scotland.svg August 1897 March 1898 2614486646
George Elcoat Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg March 1898 May 1899 43236149255
Harry Bradshaw Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1899 May 1904 189963954329173
Phil Kelso Image:Flag of Scotland.svg July 1904 February 1908 151633157225228
George Morrell Image:Flag of Scotland.svg February 1908 May 1915 29410473117365412
Leslie Knighton Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg May 1919 June 1925 2679262114330380
Herbert Chapman Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg June 1925 6 January 1934 40320197105864598
Joe Shaw<ref name="care">Served as caretaker manager.</ref> Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 6 January 1934 June 1934 2314364429
George Allison Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg June 1934 May 1947 2831317577543333
Tom Whittaker Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg June 1947 24 October 1956 428202106120797566
Jack Crayston Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 24 October 1956 May 1958 77331628142142
George Swindin Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 21 June 1958 May 1962 179704366320320
Billy Wright Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg May 1962 June 1966 182704369336330
Bertie Mee Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg June 1966 4 May 1976 539241148150739542
Terry Neill Image:Flag of Northern Ireland (bordered).svg 9 July 1976 16 December 1983 414187117112601446
Don Howe Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 16 December 1983 22 March 1986 116563231187142
Steve Burtenshaw<ref name="care" /> Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 23 March 1986 14 May 1986 11326715
George Graham Image:Flag of Scotland.svg 14 May 1986 21 February 1995 460225133102711403
Stewart Houston<ref name="care" /> Image:Flag of Scotland.svg 21 February 1995 15 June 1995 197392925
Bruce Rioch Image:Flag of Scotland.svg 15 June 1995 12 August 1996 472215106737
Stewart Houston<ref name="care" /> Image:Flag of Scotland.svg 12 August 1996 15 September 1996 62221110
Pat Rice<ref name="care" /> Image:Flag of Northern Ireland (bordered).svg 16 September 1996 30 September 1996 4301104
Arsène Wenger Image:Flag of France.svg 1 October 1996<ref>Although Wenger's appointment was announced before Arsenal's match against Sunderland on September 28 1996, Pat Rice remained in charge of the first team for that game and Wenger did not officially take over until October 1. Reference: Template:Cite web</ref> Present 5673281391001025513

Honours

For more details on this topic, see Arsenal F.C. seasons.
  • FA Cups: 10
    • 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005
  • Charity Shields and Community Shields<ref>The trophy was known as the Charity Shield until 2002, and as the Community Shield since then.</ref>: 12
    • 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004

Arsenal's tally of thirteen League Championships is the third highest in English football, after Liverpool and Manchester United, while the total of ten FA Cups is the second highest, after Manchester United. Arsenal have achieved three League and FA Cup "Doubles" (in 1971, 1998 and 2002), a joint record shared with Manchester United, and were the first side in English football to complete the FA Cup and League Cup double in 1993.

Arsenal have one of the best top-flight records in history, having finished below fourteenth only seven times. Arsenal also have the highest average league finishing position for the period 1900–1999, with an average league placing of 8.5.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> In addition, they are one of only five clubs to have won the FA Cup twice in succession, in 2002 and 2003.

Footnotes

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References

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AEK | Anderlecht | Arsenal | Barcelona | Bayern Munich | Benfica | Bordeaux | Celtic 
Chelsea | Copenhagen | CSKA Moscow | Dynamo Kyiv | Galatasaray | Hamburg 
Internazionale | Levski Sofia | Lille | Liverpool | Lyon | Manchester United | Milan 
Olympiakos | Porto | PSV | Real Madrid | Roma | Shakhtar | Spartak Moscow 
Sporting | Steaua | Valencia | Werder Bremen

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Image:Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax | Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Arsenal | Image:Flag of Spain.svg FC Barcelona | Image:Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen | Image:Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich

Image:Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund | Image:Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven | Image:Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale | Image:Flag of Italy.svg Juventus

Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Liverpool | Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Manchester United | Image:Flag of Italy.svg AC Milan | Image:Flag of France.svg Lyon | Image:Flag of France.svg Marseille

Image:Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain | Image:Flag of Portugal.svg FC Porto | Image:Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid | Image:Flag of Spain.svg Valencia

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