On Christmas Day in 1886 an enthusiastic group of munitions workers met in a pub to discuss their future as a football team following their first game - a 6-0 victory in a boggy field on the Isle of Dogs. They decided to call themselves Royal Arsenal and unwittingly started a chain of events that would touch the lives of millions of people worldwide. This is the 'warts and all' story of a football club that has seen some incredible highs and lows and been at the vanguard of innovation throughout its history. As a club that has featured in so many of the game's seminal moments, "Arsenal: The Official Biography" examines the themes of passion and tradition, isolates key episodes that have influenced Arsenal's fate and ties together the stories of characters who have figured so prominently in its history. More than just a match-by-match history, this book gives you the complete picture of how the Arsenal came to be North London's most successful and fascinating side.