Arsenal Beginnings Part 7: The Chapman era

1925-1934: The Chapman era

Henry Norris tempted the manager of then champions Huddersfield Town, Herbert Chapman, with a mega-money offer to take up the reins at Arsenal. Chapman’s first order of business was to purchase prolific Sunderland striker Charlie Buchan. The manager also adopted the WM formation at Arsenal to compensate for the change in offside rule.

Chapman’s effect at Arsenal was almost immediate as the Gunners came within touching distance of their first major silverware, finishing 2nd in the First Division in 1925/26. The next season saw them reach the final of the FA Cup where they lost to Cardiff City by a 1-0 scoreline. Continue reading