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Men's 20/21 first-team squad photo revealed

Today we’re proud to share with you the men’s first-team squad photo taken at London Colney while respecting Covid-19 restrictions earlier this month. 

The women’s first-team squad photo will take place after their upcoming international break.  

It’s an iconic image that took great collaboration across the club in order to fulfil this Arsenal tradition of a squad photo, which has been a part of our history since 1888/89. It’s a reminder to us all that while we may be apart, we are always together. 

We know that so many of our fans here in the UK and across the globe may be experiencing lockdowns or restrictions on spending time with those close to them. Our thoughts remain with our supporters who have been impacted by Covid-19, especially those who have lost loved ones.

It remains a challenging time for us all and we miss the presence of our supporters at Emirates Stadium, Meadow Park and when we travel to our away games. We go to Leeds on Sunday as the Premier League returns after the November international break. Although our fans will not be with us in the away end at Elland Road, we know you will be supporting us from your homes all around the world. 

Squad photo - with masks

Squad photo - with masks

We continue to think of ways to bring our supporters closer to the club during these times. The introduction of our virtual Junior Gunner mascot, membership rewards via our partners and innovative content on our social media platforms help bring us closer. Many supporters will have also seen the launch of our groundbreaking fan loyalty scheme, My Arsenal Rewards, which will be available to all our UK members from next season.

Looking ahead to December, which for many is a time of celebration and giving, we will be sure to keep the club’s tradition of giving back and offering more support to those who are vulnerable. We will continue to respond to the needs of our community and work to provide free meals and essentials to those who need support during these times.

From a football perspective, we are all looking forward to a busy end to 2020, with the conclusion of the Europa League group stage, a Carabao Cup quarter-final, a comprehensive Premier League programme, and not forgetting the Emirates FA Cup third-round draw, which sets us on our path to defending the trophy we won at Wembley in August. Our Women’s team will also end the year building on the strong start to the WSL season with a full schedule of fixtures including Wednesday night's match against Tottenham Hotspur in the Continental Tyres League Cup.

Of course, this is all against the continuing backdrop of empty stadiums. Work continues behind the scenes at the club to prepare for the return of you, the fans – which cannot happen soon enough, but only when the regulations permit it.

Thanks for your continued support.


Loan Watch: Smith sets up Swindon winner

Matt Smith played the full match as Swindon beat Bristol Rovers 1-0 at County Ground. Our on-loan midfielder set up the winner for his side, placing an inch perfect free-kick on to the head of Brett Pitman, who nodded home smartly from three yards to take the points.

James Olayinka also played the entire match as Southend beat Walsall 1-0 in League Two. The game finished in dramatic fashion as Emile Acquah scored in the 88th minute to give Olayinka's side their first win of the season. 
Elsewhere, Tolaji Bola played the full 90 minutes as Rochdale were beaten 1-0 by Wimbledon at home. Ethan Chislett struck late to break Dale hearts at Spotland Stadium and take maximum points from the fixture. Our 21-year-old defender returned to the matchday squad after missing out against Salford in the EFL Cup last time out, but couldn't prevent Rochdale from slipping to 20th in League One.


Bola makes it 3-2 against Manchester City

Mark McGuinness was also in action this weekend, playing the full game as Ipswich beat Shrewsbury 2-1 at Portman Road. The Shrews took the lead after just four minutes through Oliver Norburn before an Ethan Ebanks-Landell own goal set up a tight finish. Jack Lankester then struck seven minutes into added time to give Ipswich all three points. 
Ben Sheaf played 67 minutes for Coventry as they drew 0-0 with Birmingham on Friday. Leo Ostigard replaced our 22-year-old midfielder late in the second half after he picked up a booking. The result leaves Coventry 21st in the Championship, just one point above the drop zone.
Zech Medley featured for Gillingham in their 1-1 draw with Charlton in League One. Our 20-year-old defender played the full game at Priestfield as Steve Evans' side picked up their first points at home since October. Conor Washington missed a first-half spot-kick for the Addicks before Gillingham took the lead through a penalty of their own. Jordan Graham stepped to convert from 12 yards to give the home side a 1-0 advantage midway through the second half. Charlton hit back just nine minutes later though as Chuks Aneke was on hand to ensure to points were shared. Trae Coyle also featured in the match, replacing Gillingham forward Vadaine Oliver with five minutes to play. 
Matteo Guendouzi played the full game as Hertha Berlin were beaten 5-2 by Borussia Dortmund in Germany. Matheus Cunha opened the scoring before Erling Haaland celebrated winning the Golden Boy award this week with four goals. 


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Guendouzi did well to earn his side a late penalty in the second half but it wasn't enough to affect the outcome. Raphael Guerreiro and Cunha both then completed the scoring

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