Do you consider yourself a dyed-in-the-wool Gooner, or are you more of a casual fan who watches the Arsenal when they show up on Monday Night Football? We all know about the incredible record of the Invincibles when they went undefeated over the course of the 2003-04 season, but how many of these other records do you know?
1. Well for one thing, Arsenal shares the record of consecutive league wins with three between 1932 and 1935. Liverpool, Manchester United and Huddersfield Town make up that exclusive club of 3-in-a-rowers.
2. You may imagine that Tony Adams is the record-holder for most Arsenal appearances, but in fact Irish centre-back Dave O’Leary holds the title with 722, which is 53 more than Big Tone managed.
3. Speaking of club legends, how about Ted Drake, who wrote his entry into the English league record-books with his 7 goals against Aston Villa in 1935. (And it was an away game!) Drake is currently tied for fifth in the Arsenal all-time scoring records with 139.
4. Perhaps the defence of the 1930 version of Arsenal wasn’t quite up to George Graham standards, at least not if the highest scoring draw ever (6-6 vs Leicester) is anything to go by. Despite scoring 4 times, Scottish striker Dave Halliday was never picked for the first team again.
5. Thanks to their long history in the top division, Arsenal holds the record for the most Away wins in the first division/premier league at 667. The biggest of those away wins in the league was the 7-1 tonking of Aston Villa – yes, the same game where Ted Drake got every goal.
6. The turn of the millennium was a good time to be an Arsenal supporter. The team set the record for scoring in consecutive matches between May 2001 and November 2002, during which time they scored in an incredible 55 games. The previous record was Manchester City’s 44, and their rivals United put an end to the Arsenal run with a 2-0 victory over the Gunners.
7. Arsenal also hold the record for the most Away goals scored in a season, as you might have guessed from the fact that they also hold the overall title. This was the 60 scored in the 1930-31 season, which Arsenal went on to win by a comfortable 7 points over Villa.
8. The Gunners have a particularly proud record in the F.A. Cup, holding the record for most wins of 13. Arsenal have also played more F.A. Cup games than anyone else (440) and made more appearances in the final (20).
9. The League Cup has been less of a happy hunting ground than the F.A. version. This time Arsenal has the record for most defeats in the League Cup Final with five sorry trips to Wembley (and one to Cardiff) to their name. Arsenal also came out behind in the joint record for most goals in a League Cup Final when Luton pipped them by 3-2 in ’88.
10. One of Arsenal’s proudest records has got to be the 90 years they have spent at the top of the English football pyramid. However, it has to be acknowledged that their promotion in 1919 was a little controversial to say the least. Despite finishing 5th in the last league before WW1 they were promoted to the expanded first division on reasons of ‘history over merit’. This meant that Tottenham – who finished 20th in the first division – were relegated at Arsenal’s expense!
No better way to finish our list of Arsenal’s record-breaking stories than with the one which annoys Spurs fans the most! If there are any you think should be added, then please make sure to let us know in the comments.