According to Goal, In this day and age, the thought of a club such as the Gunners going down seems ludicrous, but maybe even more so given their record.
Arsenal has experienced a seriously frustrating start to the 2020-21 season and are currently on track for their worst Premier League campaign on record unless they can turn things around.
In November, their worst-ever Premier League start was confirmed after a loss against Wolves saw them collect just 13 points from their first 10 games – their lowest score since 1981-82 after so many games.
Then a week later in December, after suffering a 2-0 loss to Jose Mourinho’s side, Mikel Arteta became the first Arsenal manager since Bertie Mee in the 1960s to lose his first two northern London derbies.
Arteta pleads for patience with Arsenal rebuild 🤔
"[It will] take a few windows at least to [challenge].
"To establish yourself to compete at the level of certain clubs in this league, which is nearly 100 points, it takes time." pic.twitter.com/4EsVHF1Kgu
— Goal (@goal) November 28, 2020
At the minute, things are not looking pretty at the Emirates and while it is still highly unlikely, the question has been raised by mischievous whispers: could Arsenal be relegated from the Premier League?
When was the last time Arsenal were relegated?
Arsenal has never been relegated from the Premier League (since the beginning of 1992-93), but they have been relegated from the top division of England.
The last time it occurred, however, was at the start of the 20th century, during the 1912-13 season, when they finished bottom of the old First Division as Woolwich Arsenal.
They won just three league matches that season, losing 23 and ending the campaign with only 18 points. With Chelsea avoiding relegation with a total of 28 points, they were 10 points adrift of safety.
At the time of their relegation in 1912-13, the club’s boss was George Morrell.
For the 1919-20 season – the first official season since the First World War – the Gunners returned to the top flight as part of the Football League’s effort to increase the number of teams in the competition.
While the circumstances of the promotion of Arsenal were a source of controversy at the time (they finished fifth in the Second Division before the suspension of action), since then for over a century, the club has stayed in the first division.
Thanks primarily to cycles of sustained success in the 1990s into the 2000s and 2010s, Arsenal has firmly developed itself as one of England’s major clubs – becoming part of the conventional ‘top six’.
Before that, they achieved their greatest success when in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, they won a number of league titles and cups.
How many times have they been relegated?
Just once in their history have Arsenal ever been relegated. The relegation came in the disappointing season of 1912-13.
On a number of occasions, though, they have come near. While it seems hard to believe today, the Gunners flirted in the 1970s with relegation from the First Division.
In 1974-75, they finished 16th, just four seasons after winning a league and a double FA Cup, and finished 17th in 1975-76.
In 1974-75, they were just four points off safety and although they finished lower in the table the following season, they were actually safer – six points clear of the drop zone.
The Gunners have consistently been top-half challengers since that low point and they have never finished lower than 12th (in 1994-95).
Everton followed Arsenal as the second longest-serving member of England’s top league, having been part of it since the 1954-55 season for an uninterrupted span.
Liverpool is not far behind Everton, having been part of the First Division since 1962-63 (now the Premier League), last relegated in 1953-54.