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Arsenal Football Club are more commonly known as The Gunners due to their club badge, as well as their history of being formed by workers of a munitions factory. They currently play and even compete for the Premier League.

They play their home matches at the Emirates Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,704, and this season will look to push for the title once again after finishing 2nd last season despite being in 1st for large portions of the season. 

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Arsenal’s History

Arsenal started in 1886 when workers of a factory that made cannons started their own football club. They later turned professional and renamed their club to Arsenal, joining the English Football League in 1893. After almost going bankrupt, the club was bought in 1910 and moved to North London in 1913. The club then competed in the 1st Division for the majority of their existence and competed for many titles, winning 14 throughout their history. They first competed in the Champions League in 1998, however still to this day they have yet to win the competition. 

Who Owns Arsenal?

Arsenal is owned by Stan Kroenke of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment. Kroenke Sports and Entertainment first bought shares in 2007, became majority stakeholders in 2011 and have since slowly increased their stake to the point where they now own 100% of Arsenal Football Club. They are the sole stakeholders and have been ever since 2018. 

Arsenal’s Manager

Arsenal’s current manager is Mikel Arteta. Mikel Arteta joined Manchester City’s coaching staff in 2016. In his time there, he helped Guardiola win 2 Premier Leagues, 1 FA Cup and 2 EFL Cups. In 2019, he took over as Arsenal manager and won the FA Cup in his first season. Despite finishing 8th, his philosophy and upturn in form won over fans and he stayed for the following season. In the next season he won the Community Shield and finished 8th yet again. In the following season he lost his opening 3 games and fans turned on him, calling for his departure.

Arsenal stuck with Arteta, however, and what a good decision that was! They finished the season in 5th and in the following season he went on to challenge for the title and finish in 2nd. They led the title race for the longest time of any club and only lost out to Pep Guardiola’s treble winning side. Arteta won his 100th game for Arsenal in 168 games which gave him the best win record of any Arsenal manager ever. He has performed very well so far and is building a very strong squad for the 2023/24 season, so tracking the EPL Table will keep you up to date with his progress.

Biggest Arsenal Transfers

The biggest transfers in Arsenal history include:

  • Declan Rice from West ham for £116.60m
  • Nicolas Pepe from Lille for £80.0m
  • Kai Havertz from Chelsea for £75.0m

Some of the biggest outgoing have been:

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool for £38.0m
  • Nicolas Anelka to Real Madrid for £35.0m
  • Alexis Sanches to Manchester United for £34.0m
  • Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona for £34.0m

Arsenal Drama

In 1990, Arsenal were involved in an infamous match against Manchester United. During this heated match, Anders Limpar was involved in a contest with Denis Irwin. Afterwards, Limpar’s teammate NIgel Whitburn made a harsh challenge on Irwin. This led to a brawl which involved 21 of the 22 players on the pitch. Afterwards Arsenal were fined £50,000 and docked 2 points. Their manager was also punished for the incident.

Who Plays For Arsenal Now?

Arsenal are building a very young and incredibly talented squad. They have goalkeepers Matt Turner and Aaron Ramsdale. Aaron Ramsdale signed for Arsenal last season and made an instant impact. He had a  fantastic season and his distribution allowed Arsenal’s style of play to flourish and was one of the main reasons they performed so well last  season. 

In defence they have Saliba, Gabriel, Timber, Kiwior, Zinchenko, Tierney, Tavares, Ben White and Tomiyasu. Saliba and Gabriel created one of the best defensive partnerships last season and after Saliba’s injury Arsenal struggled showing his importance to the side. New signing Jurrien Timber has been brought in for extra defensive cover as he can play a similar role to Ben White and Tomiyasu. Then there is Zinchenko who was also fantastic last season, as well as Tierney and Kiwior. Kiwior is a very young defender who was thrown into the squad last season after Saliba’s injury, and Tierney who is rumoured to be leaving this season. Finally, there is Tavares who has returned from a good season on loan at Marseille last season. 

Arsenal have a wealth of incredible midfielders including Champions League winner Jorginho, Thomas Partey, record signing Declan Rice, captain Martin Odegaard, Kai Havertz, Smith-Rowe and Fabio Viera. They have a solid base of players in midfield and also have youngsters Smith-Rowe and Viera who have yet to cement a position in the first 11 after struggling with injury and form respectively. Then there is new signing Kai havertz. The position he will play next season is unknown as his versatility was one of the driving factors behind his signing, however he will no doubt be a great signing. 

In attack they have the likes of Martinelli, Jesus, Trossard, Nelson, Nketiah, Balogun and England starboy Saka. The latter, as well as Martinelli and Jesus, all had incredible seasons last season despite Saka and Martinelli being so young. Balogun has just returned from loan where he almost won the golden boot in France with Stade Reims. 

What Have Arsenal Won?

Arsenal are one of the most successful teams in English football and have acquired an array of honours. They have the 3rd most English 1st Division titles with 13 only behind Liverpool and Manchester United. They have won 1 Cup Winners Cup in 1993.94, 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969/70. Arsenal hold the record for the most FA Cups in all of England with 14. They won their 14th under current manager Mikel Arteta in 2020. They also have 2 English League Cups and 16 Community Shields. They won their most recent Community Shield in 2020 as well. 

Arsenal 2023/24 Season Prediction

In this upcoming season, we at Balls Out Bet predict Arsenal will finish in Champions League spots. They finished 2nd last season and have improved their squad incredibly well. All this points to them challenging for the title again. However with clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool strengthening there will be even more competition this time out. Not to mention the powerhouse that is Manchester City as well. Furthermore this will be their first season in the Champions League in a while and they will have to manage their squad very well especially since their squad depth isn’t as strong as other squads. 

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