Premier League: Who are former Premier League champions Arsenal?
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Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 and are commonly known as The Gunners.
The very foundations of the club came from a group of workers in the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory who decided to form a football team. During their early years, they were a South-London based side, moving from ground to ground before settling on their eventual home of Highbury for the foreseeable future in 1913.
Highbury would be the ground that football fans most associate with Arsenal due to their success there.
They appointed Herbert Chapman in the summer of 1925 who went on to spark an era of dominance for the club. Under Chapman, they won two league titles and an FA Cup and after Chapman tragically passed away in 1934, the Gunners continued their success under the foundations laid by him.
In 1966 the club reluctantly appointed club physio Bertie Mee as their manager. Mee brought in players such as George Graham and Arsenal reached their first League Cup finals in the 1967/68 and 1968/69 seasons.
In the 1970/71 Arsenal recorded their first ever double, winning the First Division title and the FA Cup in what would be a premature high point in the decade.
The club reached three consecutive FA Cup finals in 1978, 1979 and 1980.
George Graham was appointed as manager in 1986 and three years later the Gunners won the League by beating Liverpool (who were their title rivals) in the last-minute at Anfield thanks to a goal from Michael Thomas.
In the Premier League era, Arsenal was managed by Arsene Wenger for the majority of their tenure in this division. Often dubbed as Arsenal's greatest ever manager, Wenger has won three league titles and seven FA Cups and finished inside the top-six for over 20 years straight.
During the Premier League era, Arsenal has been a home to many greats such as Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera and Robert Pires.
Their greatest feat in the Premier League came in the 2003/04 season when they were undefeated throughout the season, the success was dubbed "The Invincibles" by the media and the fans. The Gunners went on a stretch of 49 games unbeaten and were given the golden Premier League trophy for their achievements during that famous season.
Bernd Leno - Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed
Stephan Lichtsteiner - Juventus, free
Sokratis Papastathopoulos - Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed
Lucas Torreira - Sampdoria, undisclosed
Matteo Guendouzi -
Santi Cazorla - Villarreal, free
Per Mertesacker - retired
Jack Wilshere - West Ham, free
Chiori Johnson - Bolton, free
Vlad Dragomir - released
Takuma Asano, Hannover 96, loan
Alex Crean - released
Ryan Huddart - released
Tafari Moore - Plymouth, free
Aaron Eyoma - Derby, free
Hugo Keto - Brighton, free
Marc Bola - Blackpool, free
Kelechi Nwakali - Porto, loan
I think this year for Arsenal will see a vast change in their mentality. With Emery coming in he is bound to restore a bit of fear factor back into Arsenal and I think they will just manage to get that fourth place spot for Champions League football.
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