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Pictures: The grind continues at Colney

Unai Emery

The boys were hard at work at London Colney on Wednesday as they completed an intense training session.

Our club photographer was there and sent back these exclusive images.

Club announcement

Arsenal away fans to get extra discount

Arsenal fans

Our travelling fans will receive an additional £4 discount on all away Premier League tickets in addition to the league-wide cap of £30 next season

It means away match tickets will be £26 for the fourth successive year.
 
The decision follows our recent announcement to freeze matchday ticket prices for home supporters next season.
 
Our managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, said: “We have fantastic support at all our away matches in the Premier League. Our travelling fans invest significant time and money following the team. The additional £4 discount will ensure no Arsenal fan will pay more to support us at Premier League away games than the lowest priced £26 ticket that both visiting and home fans can pay to watch their teams at Emirates Stadium.”

Interview

‘I feel I’m in control, especially going forward'

Having clocked up more than 100 first-team appearances for us, Alex Iwobi has plenty of experience under his belt.

Still only 22, the Nigeria international has been a regular under Arsène Wenger and Unai Emery since he made his senior debut in October 2015.
 
But how does he assess his performances this term?
 
“This season I feel much better and I feel like I’m in control, especially going forward in an attacking sense,” Iwobi told Arsenal Player. “I have an analyst now who is always trying to help me, which I didn’t have in seasons before, so he’s sending me clips and saying what I can do better.
 
“That’s helped me and I’d like to say I’ve been involved in a few goals this season, even it’s not the assist or the goal, I’ve been getting a few pre-assists which go unnoticed. But at the end of the day as long as the team does well, that’s my main concern.
 
“I would say each day I’m still growing and still learning, but negatives, obviously they’re always going to criticise me for my goals and assists, which I need to add to my game if I want to be compared with the people I’m playing with.
 
“The main thing is just to remain calm. We’ve even been doing some mental work to remain calm under pressure and calm when I’m on the pitch, and this is something I’ve been working on, not just in football but also off the pitch as well.
 
“Now I’ve done it I look back and it wasn’t easy, especially with the things I had to go through, so I can always say it’s going to be hard, but the rewards are definitely worth it.
 
“What’s next? Life is like a movie, you have to stay tuned. I can’t really predict what’s going to happen. We will have to wait and see. All I know is that playing for Arsenal to me is always going to be an honour. I’m always proud to represent this club and wear the badge.”

Club announcement

Intel join as official partner

Arsenal fans will be able to watch the key moments of matches through the eyes of players thanks to a new partnership with Intel.

Through the multi-year partnership, together with Intel we will give unrivalled access to Emirates Stadium to introduce their Intel® True View technology.

The unique footage will be included in live TV broadcasts and club media channels. It will give fans the chance to watch 360-degree replays, and views from a players’ perspective as though they were in the game.

Footage will be recorded from 38 5K Ultra HD cameras. Intel’s 360-degree replay technology freezes a moment in the game to let fans see the action from every angle, and fans will also be able to view key moments from the players’ perspective. It will also introduce features including laser wall, with the display of a virtual line that gives viewers a clear picture as to where players are positioned on the pitch. This also enables commentators to share a new level of insight into real time decisions and provide an entirely new perspective to fans. 

Peter Silverstone, our commercial director, said: “We are always looking to find new ways to bring our 780m fans and followers around the world closer to the action and this partnership will give our fans a whole new view of the game. Intel True View effectively allows a supporter to step into the boots of players and see the game from their perspective.

“We have seen the impact this Intel technology has had in other sports leagues across the world and are excited that it will be installed at Emirates Stadium.  

“At Arsenal we are committed to innovating and keeping at the forefront of developments on and off the pitch so it’s fitting that Emirates Stadium will be the first stadium to bring Intel’s immersive and transformational Intel True View technology to the Premier League.”

James Carwana, vice president and general manager of Intel Sports, said: “Immersive media experiences continue to create more opportunities for sports teams and leagues to put the fan experience first. With the expansion of Intel True View into more stadiums like Emirates Stadium, we have the chance to transform the experience for fans of one of the world’s top sports leagues with our leading and differentiated volumetric technology.”

 

Interview

Mkhitaryan - How I felt on my comeback

Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his return from injury on Monday night during our Under-23s' Premier League 2 match against West Ham United.

Our No 7 looked sharp in possession and guided Freddie Ljungberg’s side to a 3-0 half-time lead before adverse weather conditions at Meadow Park forced the referee to abandon the fixture at the break.

We spoke to Mkhitaryan after his comeback - and this is what he said:

on how he felt...
After a while, I came back. I started playing with the under-23s and I'm very happy. I hope that I won't have any more injuries and I will keep playing.

on how helpful all the staff have been...
I'm thankful to everyone who has been working with me. To the medical staff, to the fitness coach and everyone, even to my team-mates. They were supporting me every day. It's life, everything is happening and you can get injured or something like that. I hope that no one gets injured any more and the team can be fully fit for the next games.

on the performance tonight...
Unfortunately, we didn't end up finishing the game. The game was called off but it was a great first half. I think we did very well. We could improve in some aspects but we scored three goals, were playing very good football and could've scored more.

on whether he's ever played in a game that's been called off at half-time...
Never!

Interview

‘Not many people understand what it takes’

You’ll have to go a long way to find a goalkeeper with a more distinguished career than Petr Cech.

The Czech Republic’s most-capped player has lifted 14 major honours and represented his country at four international tournaments since debuting as a 17-year-old for Chmel Blsany back in 1999.
 
But where did it all begin for Petr?
 
“I started as a midfielder or a left winger,” he told Arsenal Player. “When I was probably eight and a half, we had a game where our goalkeeper didn’t come.
 
“Obviously someone had to go in goal. Because the coach had seen me in goal a few times in training, he put me in. I went in there for one game and the goalkeeping coach watched the game, and wanted me to be a goalkeeper.
 
“I played in the Under-16 European Championship and I didn’t have any contract at the time. Then suddenly a team came along and offered me a contract. When this opportunity came, I had to make the decision whether to go with my hometown and the team I’d played for ever since I was seven, or if I changed team.
 
“In the end, I went to the club which was in the top division, Sparta Prague. Obviously I had all the pressure of being at 18 or 19 years of age and then playing in the Champions League, for the top Czech team who were supposed to win every single game. It was a huge learning experience.
 
“When you reach the top of the top and you’re in that small group of top professionals, then you realise there’s not many people who really understand how hard it is to be there and what it takes.”

Club announcement

BetConstruct becomes an official partner

BetConstruct logo

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with BetConstruct, which is joining as our official gaming software partner.

BetConstruct, an award-winning developer and provider of gaming technology, was founded in 2011 and has development, sales and service centres around the world.

The company provides an extensive range of products, software and technical solutions for the ever-growing gaming industry. Through the partnership, BetConstruct will look to grow brand awareness of their award-winning services.

Peter Silverstone, our commercial director, said: “We are delighted to welcome BetConstruct into our family of official partners. BetConstruct has grown dramatically since its formation eight years ago and has built an excellent reputation as an innovative leader within the gaming software industry. We are looking forward to helping BetConstruct to continue building its name around the world with consumer and business audiences.”

Vigen Badalyan, BetConstruct’s founder and CEO, said: “Becoming an official partner of Arsenal, a club whose history spans three centuries, is a mark of distinction and a great opportunity for BetConstruct to introduce its ground-breaking technology and services to Arsenal’s global audience. Arsenal is a club whose values and vision many aspire to and we are happy to forge a long-term relationship that we know will be successful and mutually beneficial.”