Pictures: Wenger opens the Arsenal Hub

Arsène Wenger joined Arsenal in the Community staff to officially open the Arsenal Hub at a ceremonial event on Monday morning.

The manager presented the team with a plaque, took a penalty kick on the new pitch and was given a tour of the facility. He also signed a good luck message to future users of the centre on the changing room wall.

His visit follows a special launch event on Friday, when Per Mertesacker and Francis Coquelin joined more than 100 guests in looking around the centre before kicking-off a first game on the pitch.

"The Arsenal Hub will be a fantastic facility for our Arsenal in the Community team and the young people they work with every day," Wenger said. "As a club, I believe we have an important role to play in the local area and I am very proud of the positive impact we are able to make.  The new facility will help us do even more."

The Arsenal Hub will deliver 50 hours of sports and education sessions to 1,500 local people each week when it is fully up and running later this year. Based around a 50m long, 4G astroturf pitch, the facility also houses classrooms, meeting space and the Arsenal Red Zone adult learning centre.

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