2015 Review: Our pictures of the year

Emirates Stadium

It's been an exciting year at Arsenal and our club photographers have been with the squad every step of the way.

As 2015 draws to a close they've chosen their most memorable pictures from the past 12 months. Scroll down this page for the images with comments from Stuart MacFarlane and David Price.


Emirates Stadium before the game against Bayern Munich


1. Emirates Stadium shows its support

Stuart says: "A view of Emirates as the teams lined up before the match against Bayern Munich. It’s a slightly different angle that we normally shoot stadium views from, but I love the feeling of looking into the stadium."



Alexis scores his second against Manchester United


2. Alexis' thunderbolt against Manchester United

David says: “I love this shot. Alexis and the two Man Utd players had their eyes glued to the ball as David De Gea strains to keep it out. It happened so fast at the time and I remember thinking that I didn’t have a great shot of it on my main camera and I was hoping that I got it on my remote, which was placed behind the goal. I was very happy when I checked at half-time.”



Santi Cazorla dances away from a host of West Ham players


3. Silky Santi takes on West Ham

Stuart says: “I really like this picture as, even with four players around him, Santi still manages to keep the ball.”



Theo Walcott lifts the FA Cup


4. Theo lifts the FA Cup

David says: “This picture has extra significance because Theo missed out of playing in the 2014 final and I imagine he was desperate to lift the trophy this year. Also I like that Alex is snapchatting, which I didn’t notice at first but Danny Welbeck was quick to spot it as I was editing my pictures in the changing room afterwards!”



Hector Bellerin poses for the Arsenal Magazine


5. Hector shows his passion for fashion

Stuart says: “This was a feature picture for the Arsenal Magazine. Its great to shoot football but also nice to photograph the players off the pitch. This was taken at London Colney against a backdrop of some lovely autumnal trees. Hector dresses very well and that really makes the picture.”



Petr Cech at his signing photoshoot


6. Petr checks into Arsenal

David says: “I remember this well, as Stuart was away at Galstonbury at the time that Petr signed and from a personal point of view I was desperate to do the pictures. He was great to photograph - a true professional and a lovely guy. I took this shot at the end of the shoot, once he had put his trademark hat on. It's shot on a 50mm lens with a really shallow depth of focus that brings out his eyes. It was used on the Arsenal Magazine cover as well.”



Alexis at the training ground


7. Alexis steps out of the limelight

Stuart says: “We get some great light at the training ground and this helps in creating lovely images, especially in silhouette. This was taken pre-training, while the groundstaff were still watering the pitch and the sprinklers really make this picture.”



Olivier Giroud opens the scoring against Bayern Munich


8. Olivier causes chaos against Bayern

David says: “This was shot on a remote that I placed above the North Bank goal before the match. Obviously its great to get the goal but I also like the fact that Neuer has ended up so far from his line, with so many players between him and the goal. It shows the panic that Olivier creates when balls are crossed into the box.”



Mesut Ozil prepares to take a corner


9. Mesut Ozil prepares to take a corner

Stuart says: “I always keep a spare camera with a wide-angled lens beside me during the game as you never know what might happen right in front of you. The blue sky, grass and the red of Mesut’s kit works really well.”



Danny Welbeck celebrates his goal at Old Trafford


10. Welbeck's happy Old Trafford return

David says: “A great moment for Arsenal and obviously for Danny. Our track record has not been great at Old Trafford in recent seasons, so to go there and win was great. I also love the fact that Danny really celebrated this goal against his former club.” 



The Arsenal team and the boss celebrate Ozil's goal v Bayern Munich


11. The boss celebrates beating Bayern

Stuart says: “I love this picture. The boss has a real look of satisfaction on his face, as the players celebrate Mesut’s goal. As I shot the celebration, I saw the manager in the background and focused on him - the composition of the picture is what really makes it work.”



Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal against Man City


12. Olivier goes wild at City strike

David says: “I got a bit lucky with this picture of Olivier celebrating his goal against Man City. Earlier in the day I had cover our U-21 fixture against Aston Villa. It rained pretty much the whole match so my short-zoom lens got quite wet. After the game, I drove straight back to the Emirates for the first-team match but I noticed that my lens had condensation on the inside that had built up from the heat inside the car. By start of the match it was still not ready, so I had no choice but to use a 24-120mm as my short lens. This is not ideal, but it is due to this that I was able to get such a wide picture of Olivier jumping and the big screen with 'goal' on it in the background. Had I been on my original short lens, my shot would have been much tighter and not so dramatic.”


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