Arsenal, known by their nickname The Gunners, are a Premier League club based in North London and are one of the biggest and best teams in England, founded in 1886, when they were originally called Dial Square. Arsene Wenger, the French coach who left the Emirates Stadium last summer after 22 years, to be replaced by Unai Emery, has dominated their recent history.
Arsenal currently play their home games at the Emirates Stadium, which was built in 2006 to replace Highbury, their home since 1913. Thierry Henry is their all time top goal scorer, with 228. His first spell at the club was between 1999 and 2007. He then returned to the club for a short loan in 2012, scoring on his return to the Emirates. David O’Leary holds the record for the most appearances for the club, playing 722 times between 1975 and 1993. Other notable players over the years include Liam Brady, Tony Adams, Paul Merson, Ian Wright, Patrick Vieira and David Seaman.
The club’s record attendance is 73,707, which came in a Champions League match at the Old Wembley in 1998. The current ownership is a joint venture, with the likes of Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov. David Dein, the club’s former vice chairman and the man responsible for Arsene Wenger’s arrival in 1996, stepped down as vice-chairman a year after the Stadium was built in 2007.
Arsenal Squad 2019/20
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Damian Martinez
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papasthopopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz
Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Özil, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka.
Forwards: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe
It wasn’t al plain sailing during Unai Emery’s debut season in the Premier League, but equally, there were things there to be positive about. Failure to reach the top four and defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final mean there is no Champions League football for a third year at the Emirates Stadium, but Emery is looking to strengthen his squad enough to challenge again. A summer pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha proved fruitless, but they did manage to secure a deal for Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
Arsenal to win the Premier League – 25/1 with Betfair
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to finish top scorer – 13/2
Arsenal to finish in the top 4 – 2/1
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