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Arsenal

Arsenal

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Arsenal is one of the most popular teams in English football and one of the most successful football teams in English football history. Arsenal's nickname is 'the Gunners' and their club badge has a cannon on it. An 'arsenal' is a place where guns and weapons are stored. Arsenal football club was founded in 1886 by workers from the Royal Arsenal in London which is where the club's name and nickname come from. 

Arsenal play in the Emirates Stadium in London. The Emirates Stadium is one of the biggest in the Premier League with a capacity of 60,335 and on a match day, the seats sell out!

A young fan shows off his scarf.

Arsenal wear red shirts and white shorts and socks when they are at home. Their away kit is yellow and dark grey. 

Arsenal have won League titles, FA Cups, League Cups and European trophies. Since the start of the Premier League, Arsenal have won titles in 1998, 2002 and 2004. Only Manchester United and Liverpool have won more league titles than Arsenal. They also reached a Champions League final, but lost 2-1 against Barcelona, in 2006. Arsenal have played in the top division, without relegation, for longer than any other team. Arsenal are also the only team to play a full Premier League season without losing (2003-04), and are only the second team to play a full season without defeat in the history of top division, English football (the other team was Preston in 1888-89!)

Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and now that Alex Ferguson has retired is the longest-serving manager in the Premier League.

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger

Wenger has won 3 Premier League titles, 6 FA Cups and reached 2 European finals with Arsenal. Many people see Arsene Wenger’s teams as having a purist approach with an emphasis on attack and teams that always try to entertain. In March 2014, Wenger took charge of his 1000th game with Arsenal, only Ferguson has managed more Premier League games.

"I don’t look at the passport of people but at their quality and their attitude." Arsene Wenger

Although Arsenal’s home games at the Emirates Stadium sell out, only a tiny proportion of Arsenal supporters ever go to an Arsenal game. This is because the club has about 27 million fans around the world. There are supporters groups everywhere from Liberia to Hong Kong.

Mohamed Elneny plays in midfield for Arsenal.

In 2015/16, Arsenal finished 2nd in the Premier League, and qualified for the Champions League for the 19th consecutive season. They also won the FA Cup for the second year in a row, when they beat Aston Villa 4-0 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. ‘The Gunners’ top scorer was French international Olivier Giroud, with 16 goals. With players like Alex Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, and Giroud, Arsenal have a strong attacking team. They also have one of the Premier League's best ever goalkeepers in Petr Cech, but it might be the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany that gets them challenging at the top of the table this season. Arsenal have had difficulties in defensive midfield for a few seasons and maybe Xhaka, a Swiss international, will help in the middle of the pitch.

Prediction 2016/17: 6th

Key player: Alexis Sanchez

Did you know....?

At the end of the 2003-04 season, Arsenal became known as, ‘The Invincibles’ because they hadn't lost a single game!

Learn about Arsenal

The following activities will help you learn about Arsenal football club. 

The first activity is a matching activity. If you're not sure of an answer, go back to the READ section.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match Arsenal's manager, top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
Can you match the facts and figures?

Mesut Ozil is a key player for Arsenal.

Victoria Concordia Crescit

This is Arsenal's motto. It means victory through harmony. 

Now you have looked at the facts and figures, it's time to go into detail. Can you answer some more detailed questions about the Gunners?


Activity 2: In this activity, there is a video guide to Arsenal. Watch the Arsenal club video and learn more about ‘The Gunners’. See how much you understand by trying the activities that are after the video. The video is a little difficult to understand and is for intermediate learners and above.
Watch the video guide to Arsenal.

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Rich's picture
Rich
26/01/2017
ES
2921
points

Hi Aleksandar05!

Welcome to Premier Skills English! Ozil is a very good player but I think Alexis Sanchez is playing better this season. What do you think?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
26/01/2017 09:46
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Aleksandar05!

Welcome to Premier Skills English! Ozil is a very good player but I think Alexis Sanchez is playing better this season. What do you think?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Christi Sh.
26/01/2017
AM
22
points

The first time when I sew match of Arsenal , I am love in this. Arsenal is my love, life, everything. I like all Arsenal players, but my favourite is Rosicky, which now don't play in Arsenal. My favourite match was Arsenal - Hull Sity (3-2).... I think this season we are second place. Thank you. sorry for my English.


Christi Sh.
26/01/2017 12:18
Armenia
Arsenal
22

The first time when I sew match of Arsenal , I am love in this. Arsenal is my love, life, everything. I like all Arsenal players, but my favourite is Rosicky, which now don't play in Arsenal. My favourite match was Arsenal - Hull Sity (3-2).... I think this season we are second place. Thank you. sorry for my English.

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Rich
26/01/2017
ES
2921
points

Hi Christi Sh.

Thanks for your message. Rosicky was a great player for Arsenal. Jack, my colleague on Premier Skills English, is an Arsenal fan. You should ask him what his favourite Arsenal match is. Don't worry about your English, we are here to help with that. Try our weekly podcast and we have lots of comments on these pages every week and we offer to help you with your English, too. Take a look: http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/listen/podcasts

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
26/01/2017 12:23
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Christi Sh.

Thanks for your message. Rosicky was a great player for Arsenal. Jack, my colleague on Premier Skills English, is an Arsenal fan. You should ask him what his favourite Arsenal match is. Don't worry about your English, we are here to help with that. Try our weekly podcast and we have lots of comments on these pages every week and we offer to help you with your English, too. Take a look: http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/listen/podcasts

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Meti1989
26/01/2017
AL
14
points

I love Arsenal


Meti1989
26/01/2017 19:29
Albania
Arsenal
14

I love Arsenal

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Liki
28/01/2017
AL
1
points

Arsenal is winers


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Liki
28/01/2017 06:31
Albania
Arsenal
1

Arsenal is winers

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Talapker
28/01/2017
KZ
205
points

Arsenal is one of the best football teams, but gunners rather prefer sympathetic than brutal football


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Talapker
28/01/2017 08:05
Kazakhstan
Manchester City
205

Arsenal is one of the best football teams, but gunners rather prefer sympathetic than brutal football

Ren4ik
28/01/2017
KZ
17
points

Gunners


Ren4ik
28/01/2017 15:49
Kazakhstan
Liverpool
17

Gunners

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Mehmed92
28/01/2017
BA
113
points

Arsenal is good club.


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Mehmed92
28/01/2017 21:13
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Manchester United
113

Arsenal is good club.

daki439
23/02/2017
RS
112
points

I think Arsenal is the BLACK HORSE of the Premier League.


daki439
23/02/2017 22:49
Serbia
Chelsea
112

I think Arsenal is the BLACK HORSE of the Premier League.

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haydi
30/04/2017
TN
3189
points

Hi daki, we say "a dark horse" not black! ;)


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haydi
30/04/2017 13:08
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Hi daki, we say "a dark horse" not black! ;)

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haydi
29/04/2017
TN
3189
points

This text is an excellent practice for scanning skill.
I like what Arsene Wenger has said: "I don’t look at the passport of people but at their quality and their attitude." I want to add : and their skills. :)


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haydi
29/04/2017 22:52
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

This text is an excellent practice for scanning skill.
I like what Arsene Wenger has said: "I don’t look at the passport of people but at their quality and their attitude." I want to add : and their skills. :)

anhduongspurs
01/05/2017
VN
5852
points

I think Arsenal has lots of handsome football players .


anhduongspurs
01/05/2017 13:39
Vietnam
Tottenham Hotspur
5852

I think Arsenal has lots of handsome football players .

anhduongspurs
01/05/2017
VN
5852
points

Arsenal ' s woman team is good,
But Arsenal ' s man team is bad .


anhduongspurs
01/05/2017 13:40
Vietnam
Tottenham Hotspur
5852

Arsenal ' s woman team is good,
But Arsenal ' s man team is bad .

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