The affection felt for the Club has grown across the ages through the recognition that it has always stood on its own two feet by doing things ‘The Arsenal Way’.
This was never better encapsulated than by Herbert Chapman, the ‘Great Innovator’, who managed the Club between 1925-1934.
It wasn’t just the trophies his teams won, but the way in which he pushed the boundaries, looking for new ways to improve performance and the style in which they achieved their goals.
Chapman introduced numbers on the back of football shirts as well as the white sleeves worn by Arsenal players. He removed ‘The’ from Arsenal’s name so it appeared first alphabetically in fixture lists and turned the Gunners into England’s most successful club by employing a new ‘WM’ formation that revolutionised the game.
Chapman’s transformational approach was continued by Arsène Wenger who brought new thinking to bear on the development and preparation of players. His blend of outstanding young talent and experienced internationals has made Arsenal the most attractive passing team in the country, a style to which the Club will remain true.
In keeping with its desire to move forward, progress has always been relentless off the pitch, never more so than when the Club moved from Highbury to the impressive state-of-the-art 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium in 2006. It was a herculean but crucial task as the Club looked to create a compelling, successful and sustainable platform for the future.