Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea saw them end the weekend in the relegation places with no points from two games, stuck in 19th, but when were they last actually relegated?
While nobody really expects Arsenal to get relegated this season, they do still sit at the bottom of the table, cushioned from 20th place only because Norwich, whom Arsenal play after the face City, have already conceded eight.
When were Arsenal last promoted?
Arsenal boast the longest unbroken run in the top flight of English football after being voted into the First Division in 1919 by The Football League, much to the hilarious dismay of Tottenham Hotspur, who had been relegated and hoped to keep their place. It’s something they are still bitter about to this day, which makes it even sweeter.
Arsenal have remained in the top flight ever since, an unbroken run stretching over 100 years.
Everton are the next longest-serving team in the top flight since their promotion in 1954/55.
Tottenham have been in the top flight since 1978, meaning they spent the first three years of my life in the Second Division. They didn’t even win the title to earn promotion, instead finishing third, in the final promotion place, on goal difference from Brighton.
When were Arsenal last relegated?
Arsenal were last relegated in 1913 after finishing bottom of the table with 18 points from 38 games. They won just three games all season and lost 23 leaving them five points adrift of 19th-placed Notts County.
Arsenal may have finished bottom of the table in the 1912-13 season but started life in the Second Division, thanks to Sir Henry Norris’s dogged determination and cash, with a new stadium at Highbury and a new name in ‘The Arsenal’, dropping the Woolwich, the following year. The first match took place at the start of the 13-14 season, even though the stadium wasn’t quite finished.
Arsenal remained in the Second Division until 1919 when, after the First World War had suspended football from 14/15, it returned
Technically, The Arsenal have never been relegated, only Woolwich Arsenal.