Arsenal were the first London club to join the ‘Football League’. In fact they were the first club south of Birmingham. (1891)
Arsenal hold the record for the most consecutive seasons in the Top Flight (Division One & Premier League) – 1919 – Present (Every year except 1939/40 – 1945/46 (7 seasons) where the Football League was inactive due to WWII).
Arsenal and Everton are the only teams to never have been relegated from England’s highest division.
Arsenal are the only club to have ever obtained promotion which wasn’t based on playing merit (after World War I).
Arsenal also hold the record for the most consecutive League wins in England’s Top Flight – 14 – (10 February 2002 and 24 August 2002)
Arsenal scored in 55 succesive league games from the 19 May 2001 – 30 November 2002. More than anyone else has ever achieved.
In the 1930/31 season Arsenal scored 127 goals on their way to winning the title. No other Top Flight winner has equalled or achieved this fate.
Ted Drake holds the record for most goals in a Top Flight match, when he put 7 past Aston Villa ((a) – 14 Dec 1935 – won 7-1)
Arsenal were also the first team to win an FA Cup and League Cup double – 1993
Arsenal hold the record for the most players from one club in an England starting line up at 7 – (14 Nov 1934 v Italy)
Arsenal were the first team to use numbers on their shirts – 1927
Arsenal have also been at forefront of media, as the First Team:
– To have a match Broadcasted Live on Radi0 (v Sheffield United – 22 Jan 1927)
– To have a match Broadcasted Live on Television (v Arsenal Reserves – 16 Sep 1937)
– To have a match Broadcasted Live in 3D (v Manchester United – 31 Jan 2010)
Arsenal were the first British team to defeat Real Madrid and Juventus at each of their home grounds, as well as the first to beat both AC Milan and Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Arsenal also hold the record of most consecutive clean sheets in Europe – 10 – which was achieved on their way to the 2006 Champions League final. They went 995 minutes without conceding a goal.
Additionally, Arsenal were the first team to field eleven players of different nationalities. (v Hamburg – 13 Sep 2006 – Champions League Group Stage)
If you know of any other records, leave a comment and I’ll add them if I can verify it.