Soccer is one of the world’s most ancient and famous sports which dates back to many decades ago. Everyone from the world’s most developed and civilized nations across the world, to the developing nations are glued to the art, that is football. At least when you eavesdrop a group of two or three people talking, football will be mentioned in one way or the other, whether criticizing how our national team Harambee stars are performing poorly to our dramatic local premier league that leaves every Kenyan wondering. All the same, they may praise and criticize some of the world’s classical and well managed premier leagues, Spanish La Liga, English premier league, Italian Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s League 1 just to name a few. However, my attention is focused on the English premier league and to be specific, Arsenal Football club.
The club that is under the well known Frenchman Arsene Wenger, and they ply their trade at the well known Emirates stadium. The club, popularly known as the gunners, come from far and wide. A report from 2005 estimated Arsenal’s global fan base stands at 27 million, the third-largest in the world. A September 2011 report estimated Arsenal’s fan base stands at 100 million worldwide, still making them the third-largest team in terms of supporters. However, the club has been under criticism for failing to clinch English premier league title from 2005.
Furthermore, Arsenal FC is one of the best English premier league clubs respected for its classical and entertaining style of play.
Here are some of the fascinating facts about Arsenal:
In the 2003/04 season, Arsenal achieved a historic feat by winning the Premier League unbeaten. They also created a record of 49 games unbeaten in the league that started at the end of the 2002/03 season, and ended in the early part of the 2004/05 season. David O’Leary holds the record for the most appearances for the club, with 722 appearances from 1975 to 1993. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has scored the most goals for Arsenal, with 226 goals in 369 games from 2000-07.
The club only won one home game all season in 1913. This resulted in their relegation, and is the only time in their history that the Gunners have been relegated. Arsenal have won the FA Cup 10 times – in 1929–30, 1935–36, 1949–50, 1970–71, 1978–79, 1992–93, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05. Ted Drake scored 7 goals in a single match against Aston Villa in December 1935, the most in Arsenal’s history.
Arsenal’s youngest goal scorer is Cesc Fabregas. When he scored in the League Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers in December 2003, he was 16 years and 212 days. Arsene Wenger became the first foreign manager to lift the Premiership title, when Arsenal won it in the season of 1997-98.
Arsenal is the first and only British side to defeat both Milanese teams Internazionale and Milan at the San Siro – 5-1 (UEFA Champions’ League group stage , 25 November 2003), 2-0 (UEFA Champions League second round second leg, 4 March 2008) respectively.
In 1993 Arsenal came the first English premier league team to win the FA Cup and League Cup double. When Arsenal played Manchester United on the 31 January 2010 they became the first team to play a match broadcast live in 3D.
To this point, Arsenal club may not have achieved jostled many cups as critics believe but it is the English premier league to watch.