Arsenal are one of England's biggest and most successful clubs, and have won the FA Cup for the last two seasons. Founded in 1886, Arsenal were known as Royal Arsenal then Woolwich Arsenal in their early days. They moved from South London to their home at Highbury in North London in 1913, and moved again to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.
The turning point for the Gunners came in 1925 with the appointment of Herbert Chapman as manager. Under Chapman, Arsenal won their first FA Cup in 1930 and their first League title the following year. In all, Arsenal were League champions five times in the 1930s, including three seasons in a row from 1933 to 1935. Arsenal also won the FA Cup again in 1936.
In 1947-48 and 1952-53 the Gunners were League champions again, and were FA Cup winners in 1950. But Arsenal would not win a major trophy again until they won the Fairs Cup in 1970 - Arsenal's first European trophy.
In 1970-71, Arsenal, captained by Frank McLintock, completed their first Double in their history. With Charlie George's memorable strike against Liverpool winning the FA Cup for the Gunners. Later in the 1970s Arsenal won one of the great FA Cup finals to beat Manchester United 3-2 in 1979, thanks to an Alan Sunderland goal. Arsenal's next trophy came in 1987, with their first League Cup.
Two years later Arsenal won the League in remarkable fashion. They needed to win 2-0 at Liverpool to do so - and thus deny the Reds the title. A Michael Thomas goal in injury time ensured the title ended up in the hands of impressive Gunners captain Tony Adams.
The next two decades would be highly successful for Arsenal, vastly increasing their fan base and making Arsenal Tickets a highly sought after prize, and they were League champions again in 1991 - and lost only one game all season in the process. In 1992-93 Arsenal won both the FA Cup and League Cup, and then the Cup Winners' Cup the following season. During this time Ian Wright was becoming one of the best strikers in the club's history.
In 1996 Arsene Wenger became manager, and his appointment saw a period of notable achievements, including going a whole League season unbeaten in 2003-04. It was to prove to be Wenger's third League title win with the Gunners, as they had won the Premier League also in 1997-98 and 2001-02. In both those two seasons the Gunners achieved the Double too. Arsenal also reached the Champions League final in 2006. Key players of this era included Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.
Arsenal have won the FA Cup a record 12 times. While their 13 League titles is only bettered by Manchester United and Liverpool.
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