Arsenal Football Club is an English professional football club based in Islington, London. Arsenal plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. However, those were the last trophies the club would see in the next seventeen years; with the retirement of its best players or the departure to more successful clubs, Arsenal fell into a bad streak of mediocrity. Arsenal was undefeated in all 38 games of the 2003-04 season, becoming the second English first-division club to do so, and set a national record by extending their undefeated streak to the following season to 49 consecutive league games in total.
However, the club never forgets its origins here, in Dial Square, nor its ambition to unite people through a common love for football. When the Football League resumed its activities in 1919, after the First World War, Arsenal, which had finished fifth in the Second Division before the war, controversially promoted to the First Division against Tottenham, which occupied a higher place, after the president of Arsenal argued that his club deserved promotion due to its long history, which further stimulated the rivalry between the two teams. Soon after, the club turned professional and changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal, becoming a full member of the Football League in 1893 (the first club in the south of the country). Arsenal, in its entirety Arsenal Football Club, nicknamed The Gunners, English professional football team based in London.
In October 1886, Scotland's David Danskin and fifteen Woolwich teammates formed the Dial Square Football Club, named after a workshop located in the heart of the Royal Arsenal complex. Between 1996 and 2004, Arsenal won three league titles and three FA Cups, with the 2003-2004 season being particularly notable because the club did not lose a single game in the Premier League. During Arsenal's history, the club has participated in and won several friendly and pre-season awards. Arsenal is one of the most successful teams in English football history, having played in the country's first division (First Division of the Football League until 1992, thereafter in the Premier League) every season since 1919. As one of the country's most successful teams, Arsenal has often appeared in the arts of football in Great Britain.
World War II meant the suspension of the Football League for seven years, but Arsenal won it again in the second post-war season, 1947-48. The Arsenal Football Club began its journey on this site in October 1886, when a group of workers decided to form a football team with the name of Dial Square. There have always been Arsenal fans outside of London and, since the advent of satellite television, a fan's attachment to a football club has become less dependent on geography. Before joining the Football League, Arsenal played briefly at Plumstead Common, then at the Manor Ground in Plumstead, and then spent three years, between 1890 and 1893, at the nearby Invicta Ground. Arsenal's fanbase is known as the Gooners, the name deriving from the club's nickname The Gunners.