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Why are Arsenal called "The Gunners"?

Published at :May 3, 2024 at 6:20 PM
Modified at :May 3, 2024 at 6:21 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla


Arsenal have a rich history in English football

Have you ever wondered why the mighty men of North London are known as what they are, or why they have a weapon in their badge?

Football fans have been using club nicknames for a very long time. Each team has a loving shorthand that they utilise. Arsenal are referred to as “The Gunners,” and the club’s name and emblem are strongly associated with this moniker.

Goal examines the origins of Arsenal’s nickname, other monikers, their emblem, and more. The Gunners, as Arsenal are known, are a reference to the club’s founding members who were employed by the Royal Arsenal armament factory located in Woolwich.

The Royal Arsenal manufactured explosives, small arms and artillery, ammunition, and weaponry.

The cannon-shaped club insignia, which is well-known, is complemented by the moniker. The words ‘The Gunners’ were also present in earlier iterations of the club badge.

The Woolwich borough’s coat of arms served as the inspiration for the initial Arsenal crest, which has featured cannons prominently since 1888.

Arsenal kept their name and emblem even after relocating from Woolwich to Highbury in 1913, albeit the club symbol has undergone a few changes. The club crest incorporates a cannon as a graphic symbol that honours the team’s founding years in North London.

The club was founded in the late 19th century by employees of the Royal Arsenal munitions factory in Woolwich, and both the name and the emblem honour this history.

The current emblem is a solitary, eastward-facing golden cannon. Over time, there have been alterations to the central topic.

The Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich’s shield of weapons, which included three vertical cannons with lion faces at the bottom, served as the club’s original source of inspiration.

After the team relocated to Highbury, official correspondence started to use a freshly created club badge.

A horizontal gun oriented westward was commonplace in the early 1920s. The Royal Arsenal Gatehouse’s crest is credited with serving as the model for the cannon style employed in the current design.

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