5 greatest moments in Arsenal's history
Arsenal – a club that is steeped in history and rich in tradition. A model club in Europe that is the envy of a number of clubs not only because of the style of football but also the sound business model that had even UEFA gushing when they implemented Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Premier League club has seen it all in 130 years of existence. Having never been relegated since they last got back into the top flight in 1919, the club has now cemented itself as one of the most successful in England.
Along the way, it has reached a number of memorable milestones and celebrated some moments of immense success. We look back at five of the greatest moments in the club’s history.
#5 Appointing Herbert Chapman – 1925
Although the club was founded in 1886, the club did not win its first trophy until 1930. It all changed in 1925 when Herbert Chapman arrived from Huddersfield Town – the club that had won the last two league titles.
“Gentlemen whose sole ability to build up a good side depends on the payment of heavy and exorbitant transfer fees need not apply,” said an advertisement put out by the club when they looked for a new manager. Chapman was sold when he realised that he would be paid £2,000 and he set about rebuilding the side with a five-year plan that would bring a relegation-threatened club a trophy.
After pioneering the W-M formation, he slowly improved the squad’s attack, specialising in a counter-attacking style of game. And he pulled a few rabbits out of the hat while negotiating transfer fees for certain players. Sure enough, five years later the Gunners won their first ever trophy. Ironically, the FA Cup was won after beating Chapman’s former club Huddersfield Town in the final.
The 1930s was a successful decade for the club. He would win the league title in 1930/31 and 1932/33 before he tragically died of pneumonia in January 1934. He was sadly not around to see his club win the league in 1933/34, 1934/35 and 1937/38.
But his statue now stands outside the Emirates Stadium and the club will forever be indebted to the man whose forward-thinking revolutionised football. From advocating the use of floodlights to signing black players when others refused to using numbered shirts – Chapman did it all.