No matter whether you’re supporting them or boo-ing them every time they take the field, everyone’s interested in Arsenal. With a long and definitely turbulent history behind the team, there’s enough material to last a lifetime, but we’ve managed to select the best insights for those interested to know how they fared throughout the years.
#1 – Finest Artillery
Arsenal’s players are nicknamed ‘The Gunners’, as you certainly know. But did you know it was all due to its founders, who were a group of cannon makers at the Woolwich Arsenal back in 1886.
#2 – Relegation Matters
Being relegated to a lower stratum most certainly matters to any football club. However, Arsenal has no such worries, as they are the only still-existing English football club which has avoided relegation since 1919/20.
#3 – A Special Cup
The Premier League of 2003/04 witnessed Arsenal’s total victory without a single loss. Moreover, the strain of wins had been going on since the previous season’s league, with a total of 49 unbeaten league games which ended early in 2004/05 Premier League. They were awarded a special gold version of the cup that year, for setting a precedent with such an accomplishment.
#4 – Wenger’s Arsenal
Arsene Wenger is beyond doubt the longest lasting manager in their history, so much so he considers the club to be his child. Dating back from 1996, Wenger has kept his seat secure for over a decade now.
#5 – Rivalry
No great club has ever gone its way without a rival. In Arsenal’s case, it’s Tottenham Hotspur, their closest neighbor.
#6 – Wenger & The Cup
Another interesting fact about the team’s manager lingers around the team’s Premiership title. In the season of 1997/98, they won the cup and Wenger became the first ever foreign manager to lift the title.
#7 – International Feats
This club is known to be the sole Premier League representative who has defeated Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena and is known to have triumphed in San Siro over Italy’s AC Milan. Now those were the types of games that guides are written about at www.sbat.com.
#8 – Arsenal Through The Radio
The game they had played against Sheffield United on January 22nd, back in 1927 at Highbury, ended up being the first ever to be broadcasted on the radio.
#9 – Arsenal on TV
As it seems, whenever technology evolved, Arsenal managed to keep up with the trends. Hence, on September 16th 1937, during an exhibition match between the first team and the reserves one became the first football game to be broadcasted on television live.
#10 – Arsenal in 3D
Being as tech savvy as a football club can, Arsenal have another ‘first’ in January, but this one is truly a memorable one. Their match against Manchester United on the 31st, in 2010, became the first match to be broadcasted in 3D. Unluckily for them, Manchester left the match as winners, beating Arsenal in all three dimensions.