Founded in 1957, Arsenal Futbol Club is based out of the Sarandi neighbourhood of Avellaneda, a city in the Buenos Aires province. The club is currently a part of the Primera Nacional division and plays its home games at the Estadio Juli H. Grondona stadium, a 16,000 capacity arena. Founded by two brothers, Hector and Julio Humberto Grondona, Aresenal de Sarandi was named after the brothers’ favourite English club, Arsenal FC.
The brothers decided to mix a bit of Argentine culture as well in the form of jerseys that resembled the shirt of River Plate, but was built on the colours of Racing and Independiente, the traditional teams from Avellaneda. Julio Grondona was to, later, become the president of Independiente and in 1979, he also became the president of the Argentine football Association. Till date, he has continued in that position. Julio H. Grondona has also gone on to become a vice-president of FIFA while Hector Grondona, and then his son Julio, have been presidents of Arsenal de Sarandi.
Arsenal kept winning promotions to higher divisions in 1962, 1986, 1992 and then finally, in 2002, they managed to reach the Primera Division. FC Barcelona and Arsenal came forth with offers for the club wherein Arsenal FC would acquire any youth players who have not played a game for the first team in an entire year, while Barcelona would help the team build their youth infrastructure. The deal fell through because Arsenal de Sarandi could not afford the upkeep of the infrastructure proposed by the Spanish giants.
Despite having their own stadium since 1962, Arsenal had to play their home games at neutral venues due to the non-compliance of their venue’s standards for the highest division. Their stadium underwent renovation and reopened in 2004 with a brand new look.
Although Arsenal have never managed to win the league, they have won the Copa Sudamericana in 2007. At the lower divisions, they won the Aficionados or the Amateur division in 1962 and then won the Primera C division in 1964. Besides these titles, the team has hardly anything to show for their efforts that have seen them beat the likes of Boca Juniors and River Plate quite a few times.
A number of famous players and international stars have played for the side including:
• Jorge Burruchaga (who also went on to coach the side on their first few seasons of top-flight football)• Jose Luis Calderon• Christian Gomez• Patricio Gonzalez• Leonel Rios• Ibrahim Sekagya.