Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’? (But Fans Called ‘Gooners’)

Football and nicknames go side-by-side. Hardly will you see a football club without a nickname. Some of the nicknames come because of the heritage of the club; some because of the club colors, and others because of the origin of the club.

Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England. They feature in the English Premier League, the top-flight league. The club has won 13 league titles, a record 14 FA Cups, two League Cups, 16 FA Community Shields, the League Centenary Trophy, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Arsenal Football Club were formed in 1886. The club is nicknamed ‘The Gunners’ because the club was established by munitions workers in the Royal Arsenal factory in Woolwich in southeast London.

This factory (The Royal Arsenal factory) specilises in the production of weapons and explosives, hence the nickname. Their badge is also a testament to a nod on their heritage and history.

The club was initially known as Dial Square Football Club. It was named after a workshop located at the heart of the Royal Arsenal factory. It went on to become Royal Arsenal and it was changed to Woolwich Arsenal before it was switched to The Arsenal before simply ‘Arsenal’.

There have been suggestions to change the nickname but because of the history behind the club, the nickname ‘The Gunners’ has been permanently adopted.

Football League and Premier League

  • First Division / Premier League (Level 1)
Winners (13): 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1947–48, 1952–53, 1970–71, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
  • League Cup / EFL Cup
Winners (2): 1986–87, 1992–93
  • League Centenary Trophy
Winners (1): 1988

The FA

  • FA Cup
Winners (14) : 1929–30, 1935–36, 1949–50, 1970–71, 1978–79, 1992–93, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2019–20
  • FA Community Shield (FA Charity Shield before 2002)
Winners: 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020

UEFA

  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (European Cup Winners’ Cup before 1994)
Winners (1): 1993–94
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
Winners (1): 1969–70

Current staff

 
Position Name
Manager Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’  Mikel Arteta
Assistant coaches Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’  Steve Round
Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’  Albert Stuivenberg
Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’  Carlos Cuesta
Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’  Nicolas Jover
Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’  Miguel Molina
Goalkeeping coach Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’  Iñaki Caña Pavon
Academy manager Why Are Arsenal Called ‘The Gunners’  Per Mertesacker
Loan manager England Ben Knapper
Head of performance United States Shad Forsythe
Head of medical services Republic of Ireland Gary O’Driscoll
Head physiotherapist England Jordan Reece
Lead performance nutritionist England Laura Andrews
Technical director Brazil Edu
Director of football operations England Richard Garlick
Chief executive officer England Vinai Venkatesham
Chief commercial officer England Juliet Slot

On the other hand, Arsenal fans are also known as ‘Gooners’ which is different from what the public know them as ‘Gunners’. The popular Arsenal song (‘Ooh, to be a Gooner’, for instance) emanates from the name. Although there has been a massive decline, Mikel Arteta is expected to lead the club back to its glory days.

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