Here’s a fact number one: Arsenal fans are amazing! Why you may ask? Well besides the obvious loyalty and commitment to the club, we are the ones who pay more than any other supporters in the world of football according to the UEFA. So let’s talk about five interesting facts about Arsenal that fans may not know.
1. The Gunners
Arsenal fans are known as the Gunners, but do you know where does the name actually come from? The name Arsenal, and therefore the nickname, goes back to the origins of this football club, specifically in Woolwich. The club was founded in 1886 as Woolwich Arsenal by a group of cannon makers of the Dial Square munitions factory. In 1913 they abandoned the “Woolwich” from the name and moved to Highbury. However, they still kept the name “Arsenal” and the nickname “The Gunners”.
2. The First Radio Game
On January 22nd, 1927, the Arsenal match against Sheffield United was the first football game ever to be broadcasted on the radio. Furthermore, the first football match on television was a friendly match organised specifically between Arsenal and the Arsenal Reserves at Highbury on September 16th, 1937.
3. Arsenal vs Milan
Arsenal were the first and only British team to have defeated both of the Milanese clubs – Internazionale and Milan – in San Siro. The match against Internazionale took place on the 25th November, 2003, during the UEFA Champions League; while the game Arsenal-Milan happened few years later on the 4th March, 2008. Who knows what the betting forecasts for those matches were – but they surely favoured the Italian sides.
Today’s quality between the English and Italian football is not the same that was 10 years ago. There are more big names in England than in Italy; however, that does not mean that the English clubs will win for sure. To be able to place bets on such matches nowadays, you need to analyse the situation of each team and look at what the bookies offer. After that, just choose an operator that allows a payment with your favourite method, keep in mind that even POLi betting sites exist. And just have fun.
4. Live 3D
Arsenal wasn’t only the pioneering team of radio and TV, but also of 3D technology. In fact, the match between Arsenal and Manchester United which took place on January 31st, 2010 was the first to be broadcast live in 3D. The match at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium was seen in nine pubs in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin as the first glimpse of the live 3D football audience.
5. VIP Fans
Not only are Arsenal fans, as said initially, are the most generous in the world, but among them we find many celebrities. Mick Jagger, Dido, Prince Harry are just a few. Even American celebrities have found a passion in the Arsenal team, like rapper Jay-Z, who would also be interested in becoming involved in the decision-making of the club. And guess who Arsenal counts also among the ranks of his fans? Her Majesty Herself! In fact, it looks like the Queen of England has been a fan of the team for more than 50 years.