Inside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium: B/R Photos Exclusive
It's "Inside Arsenal Week" at Bleacher Report, and to kick things off, we're excited to present an exclusive look at the Emirates Stadium.
We sent photographer Felix Lowe to the Emirates in April, armed with a camera and given full access to areas outside and inside Arsenal's home.
The result is a collection of exclusive images that capture the Emirates like never before.
Stay tuned for more revealing content as we continue "Inside Arsenal Week" in the build-up to Sunday's FA Cup Final at Wembley.
The Ken Friar Bridge
Leading spectators to and from the stadium from Arsenal tube station, the North Bridge was renamed the Ken Friar Bridge in 2011 in tribute to the popular club director. The statue shows Mr Friar playing football as a youngster outside Highbury Stadium in 1945.
Ian Wright Tribute
A number of benches are dedicated to former Arsenal greats, including the popular striker Ian Wright.
Outside the Emirates, plaques inscribed with fans' messages is part of the "Arsenalisation" of the club's new home.
Thierry Henry Immortalised in Bronze
A statue of the Gunners' record goalscorer Thierry Henry can be found in front of the "Spirit of Highbury"—a special team photo that includes every Arsenal player to have taken to the pitch in the club's old ground between 1913 and 2006.
Dennis Bergkamp's Iconic Moment vs. Newcastle
Earlier this year, a statue of Dennis Bergkamp was unveiled at the Clock End based on an acrobatic moment of control performed by the Dutchman against Newcastle in 2003.
Tony Adams in Celebration
A statue of Tony Adams recalls the former Arsenal captain's celebration following his brilliant goal in the 4-0 win over Everton in 1998 that secured Arsene Wenger's first Premier League title at the club.
Herbert Chapman Looks on
The statue of Herbert Chapman—the club's innovative and highly successful manager between 1925 and 1934—was unveiled in 2011 as part of Arsenal's 125th anniversary celebrations.
Welcome to the Emirates
A bronze bust of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at the club's front entrance.
Laying the Arsenal Foundations
One of numerous club mottos greets the players at the main entrance.
Highbury Lives on
The legendary marble halls of the old Highbury Stadium have been preserved for posterity, including a bust of former manager Herbert Chapman.
Home Changing Room
Jerseys belonging to the first-team squad hang in the home-team changing rooms.
While the visiting team has to make do with simple showers, the Arsenal players can pile into a swanky hydrotherapy spa.
Ice Bath and Showers
The ice bath and showers complete the club's comprehensive washing facilities.
Many of the Arsenal players will be familiar with the state-of-the-art physiotherapy room.
Fans walk down the players' tunnel and onto the hallowed turf at the Emirates.
View from the North Bank
View of the pitch from the highest point in the stadium in the top tier of the North Bank.
View from the Directors' Box
View of the West Stand and North Bank from the Directors' Box, which plays host to club directors at each home game.
View of the Clock End
A view of Arsenal's Clock End at the Emirates.
A piece of art entitled "Arsenal People" hangs on the wall outside the Directors' Box. It was made in 2008 from official club magazines by the artist Bob van Persie, father of the former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
Elevated to FA Cup Success
The lift doors in the Diamond Club show the two captains from the 1930 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town, the former club of Herbert Chapman. Arsenal won the game 2-0 to secure their first of 10 FA Cup triumphs to date.
Welcome to the Diamond Club
A bust of Herbert Chapman in front of a plaque commemorating the five League title wins during the '30s takes pride of place in the Diamond Club, renowned for its Art Deco splendour and the culinary excellence of two-star Michelin chef Raymond Blanc.
A Season Arsenal Will Never Forget
A cup in the Directors' Box acts as a reminder of the club's "Invincibles" season during 2003/04.
Wenger's Tribute to Tony Adams
Above the bar in the Diamond Club a quote from Arsene Wenger pays homage to the club's most decorated captain, the legendary defensive lynchpin Tony Adams.
FA Cup Success Remembered
A plaque in the Diamond Club commemorates Arsenal's 10 FA Cup triumphs—perhaps another will soon be added to the tally. To the left, a piece of art shows hat-trick hero Thierry Henry's movements during the 4-2 victory over Liverpool in 2004 during the "Invincibles" year.
Press Conference Room
After home games, this is the room where journalists gather to hear from both managers. B/R's James McNicholas is a regular here, collecting quotes from Wenger to use in his post-match articles.
The Press Room
Journalists head out to seats on the halfway line during games, but this is where a lot of the hard work gets done. Each cubicle comes with power and Arsenal provide hi-speed Wifi to get that copy and media out as quickly as possible.
(Photo descriptions by Felix Lowe)
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