At the time of its foundation in 1886, the Arsenal Football Club was called Dial Square. It was renamed quickly Royal Arsenal, then Woolwich Arsenal (1893) and finally The Arsenal (1914). The team's founders were munitions workers, so
When Arsenal joined the Football League in 1893, it was the first club from the South of England. They climbed to the First Division in 1904 and have only been relegated once since then. In the 1930s, Arsenal won 5 League Championships and 2 FA Cups.
Following WWII, Arsenal FC managed to win 2 League titles (1948 and 1953) and one FA Cup (1950). The club experienced tough times from the mid-1950s to 1970. A brief light of hope shone in 1971 with the club's first Double winning. From 1979 to 1995, Arsenal only managed to win 2 League titles, 2 League Cups, 2 FA Cups and their only European Cup Winner's Cup.
Eventually The Gunners gained more popularity when Arsène Wenger coached the team. From 1996 to 2004, Arsenal obtained 3 League titles and 3 FA Cups. Three additional FA Cups followed in 2005, 2014 and 2015.
Even though Arsenal FC has never been very successful internationally, a number of talented players have played for the team over the years: Charlie Buchan, Scot Alex James, Ted Drake, Pat Jennings, Liam Brady, Charlie George, Joe Mercer, Cliff Bastin, Frank McLintock, Tony Woodcock, Paul Merson, David Rocastle, Nigel Winterburn, Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Lee Dixon, Sol Campbell, David Seaman, Ray Parlour, Patrick Vieira, Fredrik Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp, Ashley Cole, Robert Pirès, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fàbregas, Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud.
Among the club records, one can find the name David O'Leary who played a total of 558 games for the Gunners. Under Wenger's management, Thierry Henry became the team's goal scorer with a total of 228 goals in 8 seasons.
In terms of revenues, Arsenal ranked 6th in the world for the 2016/17 season with 422.8 million pounds. For the first time, the club's turnover rose above 400 million pounds. The main reasons are additional 58 million pounds in broadcasting revenue and increased attendance at home matches totalling 44.6 million pounds before tax. Forbes estimates the total team value at 1,511 million pounds.
Arsenal's ownership is rather different since it belongs to Arsenal Holdings plc. As such, Arsenal shares are often traded on the ICAP Securities and Derivatives Exchange. By the end of the 2016/17 football season, each share had an average price of 18,000 pounds.
With regards to Arsenal fans, the English football club is said to have about 142 million fans worldwide, so it would be the 5th most popular one globally. The social media presence is astonishing: Around 37 million followers on Facebook, 10.7 million on Instagram and 13 million on Twitter.
The "Gooners" is how Arsenal fans call themselves, a derivation of "The Gunners". The fans are extremely loyal and the majority of home matches are sold out. It is not surprising then that Arsenal FC had the 3rd highest average of attendance for an English club in 2015.
During the early years (1886-1913), Arsenal FC played at Plumstead Common, at the Invicta Ground, but mostly at Manor Ground in Plumstead. When the club moved to North London, the new home for the team was Highbury Stadium. The stadium was renovated a few times over the years and even reached a capacity of 60,000 (standing and seated) at one time.
Due to limited expansion space, Arsenal began building a new stadium in 2000. Originally called Ashburton Grove, the stadium was renamed the Emirates Stadium after its sponsors. In 2006, Arsenal FC moved into the new stadium which has a capacity of 59,867 spectators and is the third-largest football stadium in England.