Arsenal Football Club is an English establishment based in Holloway, North London. The Gunners as they are famously called have enjoyed a rich history filled with memorable moments and silverware success. For a football establishment with 13 League titles (including one unbeaten campaign), it is worth asking if Arsenal has ever been relegated from the Premier League.
Has Arsenal ever been relegated in the Premier League and how did it happen?
Arsenal have never been relegated from the Premier League (since the 1992-93 beginnings) but they have been relegated (at the start of the 20th century) from England’s top division.
While Arsenal enjoyed good success after their establishment in 1886 – they struggled financially. Their home at that time, Manor Ground, was not big enough to accumulate a significant sum of money from ticket sales. As Arsenal’s finances suffered, so did their performances on the pitch as they slid down the First Division table in the next few seasons.
Arsenal (known then as Woolwich Arsenal) completed the 1912/13 First Division season at the bottom of the table, winning just 3 games, and losing 23. Arsenal were 10 points adrift of safety, with Chelsea FC avoiding relegation with 28 points. George Morrell was the club manager at the time of their relegation in 1912-13.
The Gunners managed to return to the First Division in 1914/15. Arsenal were re-elected to the apex of English football despite finishing fifth (a controversy at the time), two places below their finish in the 1913/14 season.
Arsenal have never been relegated from the new edition of the English top-flight division known as the English Premier League. But they have been relegated at the time when the EPL was still christened “English First Division”. Generally “yes” is the answer to the question of whether Arsenal has ever been relegated because “EPL” is not a new League but a rebrand of the already established League initially known as “English First Division”.
Arsenal have firmly established themselves as one of England’s big clubs- forming part of the traditional ‘top six’ – owing mainly to the periods of sustained success in the 1990s into the 2000s and 2010s.