Founded: October 1886 as Dial Square Football Club
Owners: Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Stadium: The Emirates Stadium
Arsenal FC are one of the powerhouses in English football. The Gunners have been one of the most consistent performers in the English Premier League for the last few decades.
It was founded as Dial Square Football Club in 1886 but later the name got changed to Arsenal. 13 League titles and 14 FA Cups speaks volumes about their credentials. They currently hold the most number of FA Cup titles.
Arsene Wenger remains an integral part of the club despite his retirement from his managerial career. The French gaffer is the most decorated manager in the history of the North London club and won three league titles alongside seven FA Cups.
They are also the only club to have the ‘Ínvincibles’ Premier League title when they went undefeated throughout the 2003-04 season. No other club has managed to achieve the feat till now.
The club is wholly owned by Stan Kroenke. Kroenke started buying the club’s stake in 2007 and in 2018 he completed the takeover process. Arsenal supporters have not been very kind to their owner and protests have been very regular at the club.
The club’s current valuation is 2.8 billion dollars and they are one of the richest football clubs in the world. The club also roped in Adidas in a kit deal bidding goodbye to their long term partner Puma. This deal allows Arsenal to get around £60m per season almost double of what they were earning from the Puma deal.
The Emirates Stadium is one of the most iconic places and it has been the club’s home stadium since they shifted from the Highbury Stadium in 2006.
Arsenal: Results in English Premier League
Since the inception of the Premier League, the Gunners have managed to lift the title three times under the guidance of Arsene Wenger. In the 2003-04 season, they went on to create a record as they didn’t lose a single game on their way to the Premier League title. No other team has managed to achieve that feat so far.
Arsene Wenger Era
The name Arsene Wenger is very synonymous with Arsenal. The French manager was at the helm of the North London club for a long period and he is currently the most successful manager of the club.
A number of players with the likes of Thierry Henry, Ashley Cole, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell blossomed under him and went on to create a legacy for the North London giants.
Wenger unleashed Henry in the Premier League and the former French forward took very little time to conquer the league. He became the focal point of Arsenal attack and used his lethal power and technique to deal with the opponent defenders. He netted 228 goals for the Gunners winning two Premier League in the process.
He was also a part of the famous invincibles that won the league without losing a match for the entire season.
Wenger also recorded 7 FA Cup wins during his stay at the club which is a record as no other manager has managed to lift the prestigious cup so many times. The influence of Patrick Vieira in the midfield and Dennis Bergkamp’s presence in the attacking third worked wonders for Arsenal.
Wenger retired back in 2018 and the Gunners supporter will remain in debt for him what he achieved at the club.
Arsenal: Top Scorers in EPL
|2006-07||Robin van Persie||22||11|
|2008-09||Robin van Persie||28||11|
|2010-11||Robin van Persie||25||18|
|2011-12||Robin van Persie||38||30|
Thierry Henry scored galore of goals for Arsenal since he arrived at the Emirates Stadium. The former French international had the knack of finding the back of the net on regular occasions and was part of the “Invincibles” when they lifted the Premier League title in the 2003-04 season.
The Gunners also saw some talented players playing for them with the likes of Robin van Persie who was their top-scorer on four different occasions.
Arsenal: EPL 2021-22 Fixtures
|August 14, 2021||Saturday||Brentford vs Arsenal||Brentford Community Stadium||1:30 AM IST|
|August 22, 2021||Sunday||Arsenal vs Chelsea||Emirates Stadium||10 PM IST|
|August 28, 2021||Saturday||Manchester City vs Arsenal||Etihad Stadium||6 PM IST|
|September 11, 2021||Saturday||Arsenal vs Norwich City||Emirates Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|September 18, 2021||Saturday||Burnley vs Arsenal||Turf Moor||8:30 PM IST|
|September 26, 2021||Sunday||Arsenal vs Tottenham Hostpur||Emirates Stadium||10:00 PM IST|
|October 2, 2021||Saturday||Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal||AMEX Stadium||11:00 PM IST|
|October 19, 2021||Tuesday||Arsenal vs Crystal Palace||Emirates Stadium||1:30 AM IST|
|October 23, 2021||Saturday||Arsenal vs Aston Villa||Emirates Stadium||1:30 AM IST|
|October 30, 2021||Saturday||Leicester City vs Arsenal||King Power Stadium||6:00 PM IST|
|November 7, 2021||Sunday||Arsenal vs Watford||Emirates Stadium||7:30 PM IST|
|November 20, 2021||Saturday||Liverpool vs Arsenal||Anfield Stadium||11:00 PM IST|
|November 27, 2021||Saturday||Arsenal vs Newcastle United||Emirates Stadium||6:00 PM IST|
|December 3, 2021||Friday||Manchester United vs Arsenal||Old Trafford||1:45 AM IST|
|December 7, 2021||Tuesday||Everton vs Arsenal||Goodison Park||1:30 AM IST|
|December 11, 2021||Saturday||Arsenal vs Southampton||Emirates Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|December 16, 2021||Thursday||Arsenal vs West Ham United||Emirates Stadium||1:30 AM IST|
|December 18, 2021||Saturday||Leeds United vs Arsenal||Elland Road||11:00 PM IST|
|December 26, 2021||Sunday||Norwich City vs Arsenal||Carrow Road||8:30 PM IST|
|December 28, 2021||Tuesday||Arsenal vs Wolves||Emirates Stadium||6:00 PM IST|
|January 1, 2022||Saturday||Arsenal vs Manchester City||Emirates Stadium||6:00 PM IST|
|January 16, 2022||Sunday||Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium||10:00 PM IST|
|January 23, 2022||Sunday||Arsenal vs Burnley||Emirates Stadium||7:30 PM IST|
|February 11, 2022||Friday||Wolves vs Arsenal||Molineux Stadium||1:15 AM IST|
|February 12, 2022||Saturday||Chelsea vs Arsenal||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|February 19, 2022||Saturday||Arsenal vs Brentford||Emirates Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|February 26, 2022||Saturday||Arsenal vs Liverpool||Emirates Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|March 6, 2022||Sunday||Watford vs Arsenal||Vicarage Road||7:30 PM IST|
|March 13, 2022||Sunday||Arsenal vs Leicester City||Emirates Stadium||10:00 PM IST|
|March 19, 2022||Saturday||Aston Villa vs Arsenal||Villa Park||6:00 PM IST|
|April 2, 2022||Saturday||Crystal Palace vs Arsenal||Selhurst Park||8:30 PM IST|
|April 9, 2022||Saturday||Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion||Emirates Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|April 16, 2022||Saturday||Southampton vs Arsenal||St Mary’s||8:30 PM IST|
|April 23, 2022||Saturday||Arsenal vs Manchester United||Emirates Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|April 30, 2022||Saturday||West Ham United||London Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|May 7, 2022||Saturday||Arsenal vs Leeds United||Emirates Stadium||8:30 PM IST|
|May 15, 2022||Sunday||Newcastle United vs Arsenal||St James’ Park||8:30 PM IST|
|May 22, 2022||Sunday||Arsenal vs Everton||Emirates Stadium||9:30 PM IST|
Arsenal: Squad for EPL 2021-22
Goalkeepers: Bernard Leno, Aaron Ramsdale, Arthur Okonkwo
Defenders: Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney, Ben White, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Nuno Tavares
Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Albert Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka
Forwards: Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli
Arsenal were one of the busiest teams in the last summer transfer window as they brought in as many as six players to boost their chances in the Premier League. The likes of Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale arrived at the Emirates as Mikel Arteta underwent a complete overhaul of the Gunners.
AFC: Interesting EPL stats
Arsenal had the record of losing none of their matches in the 2003-04 season when they cruised their way to the Premier League title. They also didn’t record any home defeats in the 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons. They also didn’t have any away defeats in the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons. They were on a 49 matches unbeaten run from 7th May 2003 to 24th October 2004. In the 2001-02 Arsenal had the record of scoring in each and every match of the league. They also scored in 55 consecutive matches from 19th May 2001 to 30th November 2002. They were shown red card 100 times in the league which is a Premier League record. They have six Golden Bot winners since the inception of the Premier league.
The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is regarded as one of the most anticipated fixtures in the English Premier League. Both the clubs hail from the same city and the rivalry escalates on matchdays especially. In the last few years, Spurs have managed to bridge the gap but overall the Gunners are leading the charts.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Head to Head
Arsenal vs Chelsea Head to Head
Another London based club Chelsea are one of Arsenal’s main rivals. Since their rise in the post 2000s the Blues have had an excellent rise to the top and they are also considered one of their closest rivals.
Road Ahead for AFC
With no European football, it has been a tough ride for Arsenal so far. The Gunners will be definitely aiming for a Champions League spot as it could boost their chances of landing new exciting players and it could also help them in getting brand new sponsorship deals.
The resurgence of Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White has helped the team in reshaping their way towards a refreshing playing style. Mikel Arteta has managed to get the best out of the current crop of players and the likes of Emile Smith Rowe has contributed vigorously to the occasion.
There were rumours of Spotify owner Daniel Ek interested in buying the club and even saw his bid rejected by the current owner. He is likely to renew his interest once again and it remains to be seen whether he could manage to convince Stan Kroenke to sell the North London club to him.
The Gunners will need to spend some cash in a bid to bring in some players to replace a number of players who haven’t lived up to the expectations. In the last few transfer windows, the Gunners could not manage to fulfil their transfer commitments as they often fall behind to secure their targets.
But they cannot repeat the mistakes any more and need to be sharp and precise in the transfer market. They have been in the market for a striker and are likely to dig deep in the summer as it stands.