Mike Arteta now as coach, Arsenal will be looking to bring back the quality football that made them one of the most admired teams in Europe.
Arsenal are a North London-based club playing at the Emirates Stadium, the third largest stadium in England, and are previous champions of the country. They were formed in 1886 by munition workers, and have gone on to be a very successful club with a lot of talent and currently have a world class manager in control in Arsene Wenger, who is the current longest reigning manager in English Football. Arsenal have won 13 league titles as well as 13 domestic trophies. Their former ground, Highbury, was referred to by fans as the ‘Home of Football’, signifying the class of football that has been shown over the years. They are one of the powerhouses in English football as well as compete in European competitions consistently. The Gunners are one of just a few teams to go an entire league season unbeaten which is an outstanding achievement and earned the title, ‘The Invincibles’.
Arsenal are one of the most successful teams in the history of the Premier League. Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal became one of the best teams in European football.
Based in North London and playing at the Emirates Stadium which is the third largest stadium in England.
They were formed in 1886 by munition workers and have gone on to be a very successful club with a lot of talent and currently have a world class manager in control in Arsene Wenger, who is the current longest reigning manager in English Football.
Arsenal have won 13 league titles as well as 13 domestic trophies. Their former ground, Highbury, was referred to by fans as the ‘Home of Football’, signifying the class of football that has been shown over the years.
They are one of the powerhouses in English football as well as compete in European competitions consistently. The Gunners are one of just a few teams to go an entire league season unbeaten which is an outstanding achievement and earned the title, ‘The Invincibles’.
Arsenal were originally known as Dial Square, after the heart of the Royal Arsenal complex. Arsenal were the first team from the South of England to join the Football League in 1893 and were then known as Woolwich Arsenal. Woolwich was dropped from the name two decades later in 1913, becoming The Arsenal, which was gradually dropped so the club has become known simply as Arsenal since.
During the 1930s Arsenal built a strong team having been promoted to the top flight in the 1920's. This provided the club with the ability to buy better players which encouraged better attendance figures at the ground, slowly making Arsenal become one of the biggest clubs in the country.
Arsenal became the second club in history to win the top-flight league title on three consecutive occasions, 1932-33, 1933-34 & 1934-35. Only three other clubs have achieved this feat, which shows the difficulty of it, and it has never been bettered.
Huddersfield Town were the first team to achieve the consecutive league titles 1923-24, 1924-25 & 1925-26, with Liverpool managing this 1981-82, 1982-83 & 1983-84 and Manchester United achieving this 1998-99, 1999-2000 & 2000-2001. No team has yet won the title four times in a row.
Arsenal however struggled in the 1950’s until the 70’s, after failing to attract top quality players. They eventually triumphed one again in the 1970’s with FA Cup wins.
Prior to the appointment of one of the most successful managers in the club’s history, it used to be 1-0 to Arsenal most weeks, but that all changed in 1996, as Arsenal owners took a risk and France’s Arsene Wenger was appointed as the new manager.
And it was a risk that paid off, shown in the fact over the first eight seasons the club ended the season either first or second in the Premier League meaning automatic qualification for the Champions League. Despite struggling in arguably the toughest competition in World football, they did eventually reach the final in 2005-06, only to be narrowly beaten by Barcelona.
Arsenal triumphed, winning the League and Cup double in 1997-98 and 2001-02, for a second and third time in their history, as well as winning the 2003 and 2005 FA Cups. Wenger’s successes in club the continued as Arsenal went undefeated during the 2003-04 season, earning the nickname ‘The Invincibles’ as Patrick Viera, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry helped Wenger’s side go on an astonishing 49 league match unbeaten run.
This record carried over into the following season until Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United knocked them down to earth by ending the run in October 2004, toppling the Gunners 2-0. Arsenal fans are known as Gooners which stems from the team nickname ‘The Gunners’ which is because of the history and being founded in a munitions factory.
Arsenal moved to their new home, the Emirates Stadium, in 2006. However, in a way to afford the stadium, they were forced to sell key players for profits, with the likes of Nicolas Anelka moving to Real Madrid, and Mark Overmars and Emmanuel Petit to Barcelona, for combined fees of £50m.
The new stadium investment also meant they were unable to spend big and were forced to put faith in youth and players that didn’t have the ‘world class’ tag, in hope that Wenger could turn them into the best in the world. Arsenal did not win a major honour from 2005 until 2014, where they won the FA Cup once again, before doing the same the following season.
Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League in the 2016-17 campaign, a position unfamiliar to the fans as it was the first finish outside of the top four under Wenger. Arsenal that season however did still triumph by once again winning the FA cup against league champions that season, Chelsea.
The free-flowing passing game that Wenger brought to the club is a major factor to them receiving their honours, and it has been followed by the likes of Barcelona. Arsenal brought in some real talent over the years to help put the club where it belongs, spending big on world class players such as Mesut Özil and record signing, Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyon for around £50m.
They are one of the biggest and well-known clubs in the world and have been managed by one of the world’s most well-known and quality managers in Wenger for 22 years. With an average attendance of around 60,000 at the Emirates Stadium, there is always an atmosphere, especially with the talent on display which contributes to getting the fans nosier.
As well as Lacazette, Schalke 04 left-back Sead Kolašinac also arrived at the club in the summer which added to supporters’ hopes of an improved season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a big loss for Arsenal though, as he joined too four rivals Liverpool for a fee in excess of £30m before the season kicked off.
More top-quality acquisitions were made in the January transfer window, with Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining along with promising centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos. The start of 2018 did see the departure of Alexis Sánchez to Premier League rivals United though, as well as Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud moving to Everton and Chelsea respectively.
Arsène Wenger’s emotional departure in May 2017 marked the end of another highly disappointing season for Arsenal though. The Gunners will have to settle for Europa League football in the 2018-19 campaign following a poor 6th-place Premier League finish, as well as falling short in both Europe’s secondary competition, losing to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, and the EFL Cup, being defeated by Manchester City at Wembley.
Arsenal also suffered a humiliating FA Cup Third Round exit at the hands of Championship side Nottingham Forest, losing 4-2 in a match which would end up being Wenger’s final FA Cup clash as boss following such great success in the competition during his time at the club.
There’ll be a new boss in the dugout come August 2018, former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery, who has already been bolstering his squad with the captures of Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
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Tickets to watch Arsenal can be very difficult to source due to their large international following; here at Box Office Events, we have provided an informative guide to make the stress of finding reliable online Arsenal tickets at face value much easier.
During the 2017/18 season, Arsenal had 45,000 season ticket holders.
The cheapest adult season online tickets are priced at £891, with the most expensive costing £1768.50. For 16-19-year olds, prices range from £384-£891.
A season ticket for the 2018/19 campaign at Arsenal is unlike what you would receive at most clubs.
With most teams, a season ticket would include tickets for just the 19 home Premier League games. However, at Arsenal, a season card gives you access to 26 home matches; as well as a seat for every Premier League match in that season, Gunners season ticket holders will also be granted admission into seven home matches made of a combination from the FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
The cup matches that season ticket holders get access for is based on a categorisation system and if all 26 matches are not achievable due to demand or not having enough home fixtures in the FA Cup and the Europa League, season ticket holders who renew next season shall receive a partial refund.
Should Arsenal play more than 26 matches across the league, FA Cup and Europa League, supporters do have the option to opt out of certain games.
All matches in the Carabao Cup do not count as part of the season ticket.
Prices of adult season ticket prices means that each game works out as costing between £34.27-£68.02, whilst 16-19-year-olds are paying £14.77-£34.27 a match
Additional benefits that season ticket holders, otherwise known as gold members, will receive include: priority ticket access, a membership pack, access to the club’s ticket exchange and the ticket transfer services, a fortnightly members newsletter, access to the club’s online video service, Arsenal player, invites to members events and membership rewards.
However, fans looking to immediately purchase a season ticket at the Emirates will struggle.
There is currently an incredibly long waiting list to acquire a yearly card to watch the Gunners; some fans have been waiting for more than a decade to get their hands on an Arsenal ticket. In 2008, it was believed that over 40,000 supporters were on the waiting list.
There are two ways to move onto the waiting list, both of which cost money.
The first option is to pay a £15 non-refundable deposit, which will give you instant access to the waiting list.
Option two is for members only; if existing members wish to pay an extra £4 a year for three years, they will be moved onto the waiting list after making their first additional £4 payment.
If you do get hold a season ticket via either of these methods, then the respective payments of either £15 or £12, depending on which way you accessed the waiting list, will be deducted off the price of your first season as a gold member.
Arsenal also offers many different membership schemes, besides its gold option for season ticket holders.
The most expensive of these is the silver membership, currently costing supporters between £49-63 a year.
Silver members opting for the lite version, which is priced at £49, or at £53 for those wanting to be added to the season ticket waiting list, will receive the following benefits: access to 3,500 Premier League tickets for every home match, which can be purchased a month before Red members receive access to tickets, admittance to the club’s official ticket exchange, a monthly member’s newsletter, the opportunity to attend members events and other membership rewards.
Full silver membership, costing £59, or £63, if you would like to be added onto the season ticket waiting list, reaps the same rewards as a lite silver membership; full silver members will also receive a membership pack, containing an official Arsenal handbook and an exclusive scarf.
Silver members from the 2017/18 season who did not renew their membership by 8th June 2018 will be offered a Red membership.
A cheaper option of membership at Arsenal is to become a red member.
The pricing structure is slightly more complexed for this membership, with prices varying from £29-£43.
Lite red membership costs £29 via direct debit instalments or £34 via non-direct debit payment. This option comes with: the opportunity to purchase some of 3,500 Premier League tickets available to Red members for every home match, which can be purchased a month before the date of each game, admittance to the club’s official ticket exchange service, a monthly member’s newsletter, the opportunity to attend members events and other membership rewards.
For £36 a year via direct debit or for £39 not via direct-debit, you will receive full Red membership, which as well as all the benefits of a lite Red membership, the full option comes with an exclusive scarf and an official Arsenal handbook.
A purple membership option is also available, exclusively for disabled supporters; prices cost between £34-£102 per season for adults and £15-£88 for fans aged 16 and under.
Lite purple membership costs £15 a year for supporters aged under-17, and it comes with the same privileges as a lite silver membership; this option for supporters aged 17 and over costs £34.
To upgrade to a full purple membership, there is a £10 price increase for under-17s and a £5 price increase for adults; full purple membership comes with a members’ welcome pack.
Full purple members can also subscribe to a monthly magazine, which significantly increases the cost of this membership type.
For purple members wishing to receive a monthly magazine from Arsenal, there is a price increase of £35 for fans of all ages living inside of the United Kingdom, £55 for European-based supporters and by £63 for fans living in other parts of the world.
There are many other benefits that comes with both a full and a lite purple membership, amongst these include: invitations to the Disability Liaison Team’s Disabled Supporters Events, exclusive access to the Disabled Supporters Matchday Lounge and blue badge matchday parking.
Purple members also receive a significant discount when buying Arsenal match tickets.
There are also four different options to become a junior member at Arsenal.
Cannon membership is exclusively for 17 & 18-year-olds, costing between £25-£44.
The Young Guns membership is for 12-16-year-olds, Team JGS is available for 4-11-year-olds and WTOW for younger fans aged three and under.
Prices for the Young Guns and JGS options cost between £10-£29, whilst WTOW membership is priced at £25.
Lite Cannon membership costs £25 via direct debit payments or £30 if it is not paid via direct debit. Use of the club’s ticket exchange service, the opportunity to enter competitions, 20% off when purchasing products from Arsenal Direct, 2 for 1 on tours of the Emirates Stadium and access to Arsenal Player all comes with lite Cannon membership.
Full Cannon membership is priced costs an additional £10 via both forms of payment and comes with an additional membership pack, which contains: a personalized hat with the member’s initials on it, a set of bespoke cannon earphones and 25% discount off at Arsenal Legends.
Young Guns lite membership costs £10 via direct debit, or for £15 not via direct debit, which comes with: access to discounted tickets in the family enclosure up to two months before the date of a fixture, the use of the ticket exchange service, the chance to attend events, a member’s newsletter every fortnight, use of the Arsenal Player and access to the Junior Gunners app.
For £10 extra, Young Guns full membership can be purchased, which comes will of the perks of the lite membership, alongside a membership pack containing: a free tour of the Emirates Stadium, a limited-edition Arsenal kitbag, a reusable Young Guns water bottle and a clip-on lens.
Team JGS uses the same price structure as Young Guns membership. The lite option includes: access to discounted online football tickets in UK, the chance to attend events, the opportunity to be a mascot, a fortnightly newsletter, access to the Junior Gunners app and birthday and Christmas cards.
The full option of JGS membership, costing £10 extra, comes with a membership pack, including: an exclusive Arsenal rucksack, a reusable water bottle, Arsenal shoelaces and a free stadium tour.
For fans aged three and under, the WTOW (Welcome to our World) membership comes with; free use of Arsenal player, entry to several competitions, events, access to the Junior Gunners app, a place on the Silver membership waiting list, regular communications and greetings cards on the member’s birthday and at Christmas.
WTOW members will also receive: an exclusive tin box, a toy of Gunnersaurus, a sensory book and an Arsenal snap back cap inside their membership pack.
An additional £4 can be paid on top of all forms of Cannon, Young Guns and Team JGS membership for fans wishing to be added onto the season ticket waiting list.
Silver, Red, Purple, Cannon and Junior members can all receive discounts of up to £2 on match tickets.
Arsenal tickets can be purchased via the club’s website, by phone and through the club’s ticket exchange and ticket transfer services.
Prices of tickets range from £15.50-£95.50 for adult members, £15-£25.75 for Cannon members and Senior citizens inside the family enclosure and £4.25-£32.50 for Junior Gunners in the family enclosure.
Purple members can buy online Arsenal tickets in UK for as low as £4.25 each, with the most expensive costing £44.75. Prices vary based on opposition and seat location.
Non-members cannot purchase match tickets inside the family the enclosure.
Ticket exchange and ticket transfer
Arsenal have ticket exchange and ticket transfer services available for members and season ticket holders, enabling fans to either sell on their tickets for sold out matches to other members or season ticket holders or to transfer them to a friend or relative.
These services are only available for Platinum, Gold, Silver and Red members.
Tickets sometimes reach general sale and can be purchased online and over the phone.
Prices for general sale vary between £16-£97 for non-members and from £8 to £46 for disabled spectators.
Official tickets can also be purchased at Box Office Events in UK.
You can also watch Arsenal inside of one of their many forms of hospitality seating available at the Emirates Stadium.
Hospitality packages cost between £296 and £850 per match per person and come with a variety of benefits, which vary depending on the package you purchased. Half time and post-match refreshments, fine dining experiences, exclusive gifts and appearances from Arsenal legends are just some of the many benefits included in hospitality packages.
Platinum membership is also available for £2,296 + VAT per person, which comes with ticket access to every competitive home fixture, a complimentary half-time drink and an official programme for every match, the opportunity to purchase away tickets and enter ballots for cup semi-final and final tickets and of other benefits.
Platinum members can also sell their tickets using the ticket exchange service and for an additional £1538 + VAT, upgrade to the seasonal dining option at one of Arsenal’s three on-site restaurants.
Executive boxes are also available to enjoy Arsenal matches from throughout the course of the season. Each box can hold either 10, 12, 15 or 24 guests, with prices starting at £300 per person and costing up to £1,000 per person per match.
Seasonal boxes can also be purchased for the whole of the football season, which comes with fine dining at every match, your own private box which can be customized and more, with prices starting at £76,000 a season.
There is a full circle of hospitality seating at club level inside the stadium; the Director’s box can be found in the West Stand.
Best places to sit at the Emirates Stadium
Sitting in either the East or West Stand at club level is considered to give the best view of the pitch at the Emirates Stadium.
The lower tier of the North Bank and the Clock End of the ground have the best atmosphere.
Emirates Stadium information and facts
Since opening in July 2006, the Emirates Stadium has been the home of Arsenal; the Gunners had previously used Highbury as their home for 93 years between 1913 and 2006.
It is located in Holloway, North London. Postcode: N7 7AJ.
The ground’s capacity is 59,867; its record attendance of 60,161 came during a match against Manchester United in November 2007.
Arsenal’s home is the third largest open football stadium in the country and the second largest in London; only Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Wembley Stadium have bigger capacities than the Emirates.
Construction of the stadium costed £390 million.
During the stadium’s 12-year history, it has hosted political summits, auditions for Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor and Big Brother, it has been used for a challenge on Celebrity MasterChef and has hosted international friendlies for Brazil on seven occasions.
Music concerts have also been held at the venue, which can capacitate up to 72,000 spectators. The likes of Coldplay, Green Day and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have all performed there.
The best way to access the stadium is via the London Underground; Arsenal station is the best to use for fans attempting to access the north side of the stadium, whilst Highbury & Islington is the best option for fans attempting to get to the southern section of the ground. Holloway Road and Drayton Park stations are also nearby but are often not used on matchdays to prevent overcrowding.
Finsbury Park station is the nearest National Rail station to the stadium; London Kings Cross station, which transports to several destinations around both the United Kingdom and Europe, is located 2.2 miles away from the ground.
The bus stops located nearest to the Emirates Stadium are at Nag’s Head, Holloway Road, Highbury Corner, Blackstock Road and Seven Sisters Road, all of which are a five to ten-minute walk away from the stadium.