Beginning its existence as the workers football team at Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory, Arsenal FC – as it is known now – has become one of the UK's biggest and most successful football teams.
Under the tenure of Arsene Wenger, appointed in 1996, the club accumulated key players from Wenger's homeland – such as Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry – and, in 1997-98, won a second League and Cup double in 1997–98. This was first acheived a decade earlier – a third double followed in 2001–02. In addition, the club reached the final of the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, were victorious in the 2003 and 2005 FA Cups, and won the Premier League in 2003–04 without losing a single match between 7 May 2003 to 24 October 2004, a national record.
Throughout Wenger's first nine seaons at the club, Arsenal finished in either first or second place in the league eight times and, in the Champions League 2005-06, they became the first club from London in the competition's 50-year history to reach the final.
In May 2014 Arsenal beat Hull City in the 2014 FA Cup Final, coming back from a 2–0 deficit to win the match 3–2, their first major trophy win since the 2005 FA Cup. A year later, Arsenal appeared in the FA Cup final for the second time in a row, defeating Aston Villa 4–0 in the final and becoming the most successful club in the tournament's history with 12 titles. When Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 13th time in 2017, Wenger become the first manager in English football history to win seven FA Cups.
Wenger announced his departure from the club in 2018, 22 years after being appointed as manager. Unai Emery was named as the club's new head coach on 23 May 2018. He would become the club's first ever 'head coach', while also their second ever manager from outside the United Kingdom.
They play their home games at the Emirates Stadium, where they have been based since 2006 after 93 years at Highbury.
Last updated: July 2019