Arsenal Club Profile

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is the longest serving manager in English soccer. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Since Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996, the Frenchman has turned the Gunners into the most aesthetically pleasing side in England.

Wenger has delivered two league and cup doubles in his time at Arsenal, and taken the club to two European finals while maintaining a style of play so pleasing on the eye that only Barcelona and Bayern Munich can claim to play a more scintillating brand of club soccer.

But the Gunners have not won the Premier League since the Invincibles went the whole 2003/04 season unbeaten and as the years have gone on, the fans and media have questioned Wenger's unwavering faith in youth and refusal to spend big money in the transfer market.

The days of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires have gone and Wenger is now waiting for the likes of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere et al to usher the club into a new period of sustained success.

Quick Facts:

  • Founded: 1886
  • Home Ground (Capacity): Emirates Stadium, London (60,355)
  • Nickname: The Gunners
  • Home Colors: Red and White
  • Top Goalscorer All-Time: Thierry Henry (226 from 1999 to 2007)
  • First Division/Premier League Titles: (13): 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1947–48, 1952–53, 1970–71, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
  • FA Cup Titles: (12): 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015
  • League Cup Titles: (2): 1986-87, 1992-93
  • Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: (1) 1969-70
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: (1) 1993-94

The Team:

  • Current Manager: Arsene Wenger
  • Top Goalscorer 2014-2015: Alexis Sanchez (24 in all competitions)
  • Captain: Mikel Arteta
  • 2014-2015 League Finish: 3rd

A Little History:

Arsenal are nicknamed 'The Gunners' because they were formed by a group of cannon makers at the Woolwich Arsenal in 1886.

After turning professional in 1891, the club joined the second division two years later and were promoted to the top flight in 1904.

The great Herbert Chapman arrived in 1925 and he started a sustained spell of success, before dying of pneumonia in 1934. His impact was nothing short of revolutionary, as he introduced new training methods and the 3-4-3 or 'WM' formation. Chapman helped the club to their first major trophy, the FA Cup, in 1930 and two league titles followed. The club won five league titles in the 30s, the most sustained period of success in the Gunners' history.

The club sprang back briefly after the war, but the late 1950s and 1960s marked an extended dry spell. In 1971, though, it returned to the top of the English game by winning its first league and FA Cup double.

Arsenal developed a reputation for boring, route one soccer in the 1980s and first half of the 90s, with the conservative Scot George Graham taking over in 86. He led the club to two titles in 89 and 91, with the first of those going down in history as possibly the most dramatic of all time. Arsenal needed to defeat Liverpool 2-0 on the final day of the league season to beat the Reds to the title. They were leading by one goal at Anfield heading into stoppage time when Michael Thomas ran clear to score a dramatic title-winning goal at the death.