Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Arsenal, The Young Gunners

 Football Club, who started the square marked in 1886 by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, south-east London, and renamed Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards. The club was renamed again to Woolwich Arsenal after becoming a society in 1893. The club became the first member of the Southern Football League in 1893, starting in the second division, and won promotion to the First Division title in 1904. Club Its geographical isolation has meant less attention from other clubs, which led to the club becoming mired in financial problems and effectively bankrupt in 1910, when Henry took over the company and William Norris Hall. Norris sought to move the club elsewhere, and in 1913, shortly after leaving back to the Second Division, Arsenal moved to the new Arsenal stadium in Highbury, north London. dropped "Woolwich" from their name the following year. Arsenal finished only fifth in 1919, but were elected to rejoin the First Division at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, by reportedly dubious. 

Arsenal appointed Herbert Chapman as manager in 1925. After winning the league twice with Huddersfield Town in 1923-24 and 1924-25 (see Seasons in English football), Chapman brought Arsenal their first period of great success. His revolutionary tactics and training, along with purchases of champions such as Alex James and Cliff Bastin, laid the foundation for the domination of English football club in 1930 [8] Under his guidance, Arsenal won their first trophies important. Victoria in the FA Cup two seasons before 1930 League in 1930-1931 and 1932-1933. In addition, Chapman was behind the 1932 renaming of the local station, Gillespie Road meter to Arsenal, making the subway station only to be called especially after a football team.

Chapman died suddenly of pneumonia in early 1934, leaving Joe Shaw and George Allison to do their job successfully. Under his guidance, Arsenal won three titles in 1933-1934, 1934-1935 and 1937-1938, and the FA Cup 1936. As key players retired, Arsenal had started to disappear at the end of the decade, and after the intervention of World War II meant competitive professional football in England was suspended. 

After the war, Arsenal enjoyed a second period of success under his successor Tom Whittaker Allison, winning the championship in 1947-1948 and 1952-1953 and the FA Cup in 1950. Its fortunes waned since then, unable to attract the same caliber of players they had in 1930, the club spent most of 1950 and 1960 into mediocrity with no trophies. The former England captain Billy Wright could not take the club any success as a manager, during a period between 1962 and 1966.

Arsenal started to make money again with the surprise appointment of club physiotherapist Bertie Mee as manager in 1966. After losing two League Cup finals, which won its first European trophy, the Fairs Cup 1969-70 Inter. This was followed by a still greater triumph: their first League and FA Cup double in 1970-71. This marked a high point at the beginning of the decade, and the double-winning side was soon broken and the next decade was characterized by a. a series of near misses. Arsenal finished runners up in the First Division in 1972-73, lost three FA Cup finals in 1972, 1978 and 1980, and lost 'Cup 1980' Winners' Cup final on penalties. The club's only success during this time was a last minute 3-2 victory against Manchester United in the FA Cup 1979, considered by many as a classic.

The return of former player George Graham as manager in 1986 brought a third period of glory.Arsenal won the League Cup in 1986-87, Graham's first season in charge. This was followed by a victory for the league title in 1988-89, won with a last-minute goal in the final game of the season against title rivals Liverpool mates. Graham's Arsenal won another title in 1990-91, losing only one game, won the FA Cup and League Cup double in 1993 and a second European trophy, the Cup Winners' Cup in 1994. Graham's reputation tarnished when it is established that corruption agents Rune Hauge for signing certain players, and was fired in 1995. His replacement, Bruce Rioch, lasted only one season, leaving the club after a dispute with the board.

The club was successful in 1990 and the firstdecade of the 21 largely due to the appointment ofArsène Wenger as manager in 1996. Wengerbrought new tactics, training regime and severalforeign players to complete the new British talent.Arsenal won a championship and two seconds of the third Cup in 1997-98 and 2001-02. In addition, the club reached the final of the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup (losing on penalties to Galatasaray), werevictorious in 2003 and 2005 FA Cups, and won thePremier League in 2003-04 without losing a game, a result that earned him the nickname the side of InvinciblesThe club has 49 gamesundefeated championship, a national record [21].

Emirates Stadium 6
Emirates Stadium

Arsenal finished either first or second in the leaguein eight of Wenger's first eleven seasons at the club, although at no time were able to retain the title. In March 2011, was one of four teams. the others are Manchester United, Blackburn Roversand Chelsea, who won the Premier League since its inception in 1992 Arsenal had neverprogressed beyond the quarterfinals of the Champions League until 2005-06, this season has become the first club in London in fifty years ofracing history to reach the final, where they weredefeated 2-1 at Barcelona.  In July 2006, he moved into the Emirates Stadium, after 93 years at Highbury.