The idea of a club like the Gunners going down seems absurd these days, but perhaps even more so considering their track record.
Arsenal have had a very disappointing 2020-21 start to the season and unless they can turn things around, they are currently on their way to their worst Premier league registered campaign.
Their worst start to the Premier League was confirmed in November after a loss to the Wolves that saw them rack up just 13 points in their first 10 games, their lowest tally after so many games since 1981-82.
Then a week later, in December, Mikel Arteta became the first Arsenal manager since Bertie Mee in the 1960s to lose his first two North London derbies after suffering a 2-0 loss to the London team. Jose Mourinho.
Things are not looking good at the Emirates at the moment and while it is still highly unlikely, the mischievous whispers have raised the question: could Arsenal be relegated from the Premier League?
With that perspective in mind, objective Take a look at the last time the Gunners descended.
When was the last time Arsenal went down?
Arsenal have never been relegated from the Premier League (since the beginning of 1992-93), but have been relegated from England’s top division.
However, the last time it happened was at the beginning of the 20th century, during the 1912-13 season, when, like Woolwich Arsenal, he finished last of the old First Division.
That season they won just three league games, lost 23 and finished the campaign with just 18 points. They were 10 points from safety, with Chelsea avoiding relegation with a total of 28 points.
Arteta asks for patience with the reconstruction of Arsenal 🤔
“[It will] take some windows at least to [challenge].
“To establish oneself to compete at the level of certain clubs in this league, which is almost 100 points, it takes time.” pic.twitter.com/4EsVHF1Kgu
– Goal (@goal) November 28, 2020
The club’s manager at the time of its relegation in 1912-13 was George Morrell.
The Gunners returned to the top flight for the 1919-20 season – the first official season after the First World War – as part of the Football League’s desire to expand the number of teams in the competition.
Although the circumstances of Arsenal’s rise were a source of controversy at the time (they finished fifth in the Second Division before the action was suspended), the club has remained in the first division ever since, for more than a century.
Arsenal have firmly established themselves as one of the great clubs in England, forming part of the traditional ‘top six’, thanks mainly to periods of sustained success in the 1990s through the 2000s and 2010s.
Before that, they enjoyed their greatest success when they won various league titles and cups in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
🗣 Mikel Arteta: “At the end of the day, we have to start winning football matches right away,” he said.
“We cannot maintain the results that we obtained in the last six or eight weeks and that has to be immediately and we know it must start on Sunday.” 👀 pic.twitter.com/aAB69Yhgn9
– Goal (@goal) December 10, 2020
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How many times have Arsenal been relegated?
Arsenal have only been relegated one time in its history. That decline came in the disappointing 1912-13 season.
However, they have gotten close on several occasions. While it seems hard to imagine today, the Gunners flirted with relegation from the First Division in the 1970s.
They finished 16th in 1974-75, just four seasons after winning a league and FA Cup double, and they finished 17th in 1975-76.
They were just four points from safety in 1974-75, and while they finished lower in the table the following season, they were actually safer – six points ahead of the drop zone.
From that low point, the Gunners have been consistently top-half challengers and have never finished below 12th (in 1994-95).
Everton follows Arsenal as the second oldest member of the top league in England, having been a part of it for an uninterrupted period since the 1954-55 season.
Liverpool are not far behind Everton, having been part of the First Division (now Premier League) from 1962-63, last relegated in 1953-54.