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What are the origins of The Arsenal? In South East London a group of the Woolwich
Arsenal Armament Factory’s mostly Scottish workers, started the club in 1886. They used
the name Dial Square in reference to the sundial at the entrance to the factory, but soon changed
it to that of the whole complex: Royal Arsenal FC. When the club became a limited company
it had to lose the ‘Royal’ and became Woolwich Arsenal, and The Royals became The Reds. But the club struggled due to its location and moved to North London in 1914, becoming
The Arsenal. The ‘The’ was gradually faded out but hasn’t completely disappeared, and the nickname The Reds fell out of favour due to the rise of Bolshevism. Arsenal has been known as The Gunners ever since the 1920s and this matches the club name. The word ‘arsenal’
refers to a collection of weapons and military equipment, coming originally from the Arabic
دار صناعة , ‘house of construction’. The name has been taken up by Arsenal de Sarandí
in Buenos Aires due to the club’s proximity to its country’s military arsenal.
So that’s Arsenal’s story. Could Arsenal ever get relegated? Please comment below,
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