The club of Arsenal Football, also well known as the Arsenal, other names are: The Arsenal and The Gunners that is usually considered as the most victorious clubs in the English football. They consist of English professional players who play in the premier leagues. Their hoards of achievements include 13 First Division & the titles of Premier League.
Recently in 2005-06 they had the honor of becoming the first football club that reached the championships of UEFA Leagues finals.
It was an achievement indeed for no other club from London had ever reached the finals in the 50 years of its history. The Gunners also have the distinction of being one of only five clubs who went on to keep the FA Cup second year in succession (2002 and 2003). Thus, with such a broad range of achievements it is no wonder that they often find a place in the media when British culture is portrayed.
The origin of Arsenal Football Club was not so impressive. In 1886 club was formed as Dial Square by workers at the Royal Arsenal in the state Woolwich, but renamed Royal Arsenal. The club became a member of Football League in 1883, having a humble start of Second Division and then won a promotion to the First Division.
Its geographic isolation was a severe blockage which resulted in fewer member and ultimately bankruptcy by 1910.At this point Henry Norris took over the club and moved it to a new accessible location, thus relegating The Arsenal back to the Second and then to the First Division. The appointment of Herbert Chapman as manager brought a new turning point in the club's fortune, with the club tasting its first fruits of major successes.
Tom Whittaker was another man behind a second period of glory for the club. However in 1950s and 60s the club failed to attract major league players and its fortune slipped to trophyless mediocrity.
In 1966, with the appoinment of club's physiotherapist Bertie Mee as the new manager the club again started to assume its former position and even won new laurels, though the last phase also saw quite a number of slim misses.
A third period of success was noted under the management of a former player George Graham. In 1996 Arsene Wenger was appointed the new manager who brought new techniques and training regimes as well as several foreign players to give a new look to the club. Under him the club played 49 leagues unbeaten and has earned the nickname "The Invincibles".
Currently there are a number of well-established names in the Arsenal club. Foreign players have been added to enhance and strengthen the club's position. The names of the members are Abou Diaby, Justin Hoyte, Alexandre Song, Eduardo da Silva, Jens Lehmann, Johan Djourou, Aliaksandr Hleb, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, Mathieu Flamini, Bacary Sagna, Philippe Senderos, Kolo Toure, Thomas Rosicky, William Gallas, Gael Clichy, Denilson, Emmanuel Elboue, Armand Traore, Lukasz Fabianski, Gilberto Silvo, Manuel Almunia, Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott, and Mark Randall.
The Arsenal club has also currently given out some players on loan to different clubs. These players are Matthew Connolly (at Colchester United), Kerrea Gilbert (at Southend United), Pedro Silva (at Salamanca), and Carlo Vela (at Osasuna).
The club boasts of a large and loyal fanbase from all segments of society. Almost all of their home matches are a total sellout. And according to a recent report this club has the highest percentage of non-white attending supporters. The satellite channel has liberated the geographic limitations so that this club now boasts of an even large fan following from around the world. The news feed gets good viewer ship from around the world.
According to a 2005 report the Arsenal's estimated global fan following is around 27 million, the third largest in world. The footy crazy fans could be seen donning the arsenal shirts cheering on their idols singings songs and chants. There are even certain websites who sells Arsenal football club's arts are it armors or autographed shirts. Thus, we could indeed say that the Arsenal Football Club has come out a long way from its humble origin.