Every month our club photographers carry out photoshoots with a first-team player for the cover of the Arsenal Magazine.

We asked Stuart MacFarlane and David Price to pick their favourite behind-the-scenes images from last season and give an insight into the story behind each one. 

Look out for part two of this feature later on this week and check out even more amazing pictures on Arsenal's official Flickr account.

Tomas Rosicky
Tomas Rosicky

1. Tomas Rosicky

Stuart says: "It's always nice to get the chance to shoot the players away from the training ground. I spoke to Tomas once I knew he was going to be on the cover of the magazine and asked him if he wouldn't mind doing the shoot at the stadium. The pictures were taken in the morning before a match when the players leave their cars at the stadium. It's taken in the upper concourse using the light from the windows. I like the cannon in the background."

Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta

2. Mikel Arteta

Stuart says: "This image of Mikel was lit using a beauty dish that was positioned above Mikel and slightly to his left, leaving small shadows across his face. Mikel told me he really liked the pictures, which is always great to hear. He did mention he would have chosen a different image of him on the cover, though!"

Laurent Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny

 3. Laurent Koscielny 

Stuart says: "I'm very pleased with the lighting in this shot. I used three studio lights to get this look. One primary light and two smaller ones either side of Laurent. This shot was taken at London Colney."

Mathieu Flamini
Mathieu Flamini

4. Mathieu Flamini

David says: "Andy, the magazine editor, mentioned to me that he wanted a gladiatorial-style image of Mathieu for the cover. I spoke to Mathieu to see what he thought of the idea and he really liked it. We took a series of other pictures and then finished the shoot with a few like this where he shouted into the lens. I asked Mathieu if he would roll his sleeves up because that was how I remembered him from his first spell with the club. "

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Stuart says: "I took this image as part of a set that was originally intended to be used in the Arsenal handbook but, as the magazine was due to be published, we decided to use it on the cover as well. It was taken using my old 85mm lens with the aperture set to f1.7. This gives a very shallow depth of focus so Alex's eyes are sharp but the rest of his features are out of focus. This is a bit tricky as each shot needs to be focused manually but the results are quite dramatic."

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