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Visa information: Qarabag (a)

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If you are a British national travelling to our away match against Qarabag, you will need to apply for a visa to enter Azerbaijan.

Here is a step-by-step-guide to organising your visa:

E-Visa online application:

E-visas typically take three working days to process. An express service is available for an additional fee, but we recommend you allow additional time wherever possible. In-person and postal applications via the Azerbaijan Visa Centre are not recommended, as processing times cannot be guaranteed. 

Your passport must be valid for at least six months following the day of departure from Azerbaijan.

Further details on the application process can be found here

Club announcement

Club names new leaders as Ivan heads to Italy

We can announce that Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham will lead the club following a decision by chief executive Ivan Gazidis to join AC Milan.

Raul, head of football relations, has been appointed as head of football, and Vinai, currently chief commercial officer, becomes managing director.

Click here to read Ivan Gazidis' message to the Arsenal fans

Josh Kroenke, deputy chairman of Arsenal’s majority owner Kroenke Sports and Entertainment UK, said: “It has been a pleasure working with Ivan. We will miss the wisdom, insight, and energy he brought to our club on a daily basis over the past decade. We are confident we have outstanding people in Raul and Vinai, and we look forward to working with them and coach Unai Emery to continue to move the club forward on  and off the pitch.” 

Club chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “Ivan has led Arsenal with skill and dedication and leaves us in a strong position. The club has been transformed and he has recruited talented people, such as Raul, Vinai and of course Unai Emery, who will take us to future success.”

Raul joined us in February after 16 years at Barcelona where he was director of football. Vinai arrived in 2010 from London 2012 and has overseen all our commercial activities. 

Raul, who will lead our football activities, said: “Although I joined Arsenal just months ago, I've felt embraced by this great club and part of its family from the first day. I will do everything possible to maintain our strong values which will be as fundamental to our future as they have been in our past. Vinai and I will need everyone's help, to do everything right and secure the success everyone connected to Arsenal wants. I sincerely thank Arsenal’s board for their trust in us and thank Ivan for bringing me to this great club, and for consistently supporting me every day, in every way. It's with overwhelming pride and utmost excitement that I face this new opportunity.”

Vinai, who will oversee all business operations, said: “From the day I joined Arsenal I have always considered it a privilege to serve this great football club, so it’s an honour to take up the position of managing director and lead the club alongside Raul. Together we will work tirelessly with the extraordinary staff we have at Arsenal to respect and enhance our unique history, heritage and values; with the overall objective to bring success to our millions of fans all around the world and make them proud of their club. I thank Stan and Josh Kroenke and the rest of the board for their trust in me, and Ivan for all the support he has given me since I joined the club in 2010.”

Ivan Gazidis, Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi

Ivan Gazidis, Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi

Ivan will leave by the end of October and becomes chief executive at AC Milan on December 1. He said: “For the last 10 years I have been privileged to dedicate myself to this great club. Arsenal is entering a new chapter and I have done everything I can to ensure that it is strongly placed to take on that challenge. This includes world-class facilities and outstanding leaders in every sector who carry the values of the club, including, of course, Unai Emery, Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham in whom I have enormous faith.  

“We have been building on the club’s progressive social values, leading the way on the women’s game, diversity and inclusion, and establishing the Arsenal Foundation. This will remain central to the club’s philosophy. 

“Although it is very hard to do - the hardest decision of my life - I believe that, after 10 years, it is the right time for me to step aside to allow new leadership, energy and ideas to take the club forward into this exciting new era. I believe in the positive force of change, both for me and for the club. I am excited to see what the future holds for this great club and I am energised by a new personal challenge with AC Milan.

“My sincere thanks go to Stan and Josh Kroenke for their support and guidance on everything we have done. To Sir Chips Keswick, Lord Phil Harris, Ken Friar and my wonderful management team and staff, on and off the field, to Arsène Wenger, Unai Emery and to the fans of this giant and incredible club, thank you for your immense support and friendship over so many years and for the wonderful privilege of being part of the journey.  

"We lived through many emotions together, the highs and the lows of football, and I am proud to be able to say that I gave this club and its fantastic people everything that I had in me. I am excited and energised for the future for myself and for Arsenal Football Club and I will always hold it in my heart.” 

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More pictures from our official photocall

Laurent Koscielny

It was photocall day at London Colney on Tuesday as the boys scrubbed up for their official team pictures.

The official team shot will be a giant poster FREE with the Brentford programme next Wednesday.

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

Quotes

Ivan Gazidis' message to the fans

Ivan Gazidis addresses the media on April 20, 2018

Ivan Gazidis has issued the following message to the Arsenal fans:

“For the last 10 years I have been privileged to dedicate myself to this great club. Arsenal is entering a new chapter and I have done everything I can to ensure that it is strongly placed to take on that challenge. This includes world-class facilities and outstanding leaders in every sector who carry the values of the club, including, of course, Unai Emery, Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham in whom I have enormous faith.  

"We have rebuilt the off-field capability of the club, which is necessary for prolonged success in modern football, we have recently concluded new primary partnership deals that, together with the new league broadcast deals, secure our medium term financial future, we have updated our stadium and rebuilt our training facilities so that they are now world class and we have transitioned to a new football structure that is capable of taking the club confidently into the future. I am proud to say we have done this while building on the club’s progressive social values, leading the way on the women’s game as well as diversity and inclusion and establishing The Arsenal Foundation, which supports these values around the world in difficult places such as Iraq and Jordan and complements our extraordinary work in our local community. This will remain central to the club’s philosophy. 

"Given this platform, I know many will think this is a strange time to be leaving but I believe it is the right time for me and for the club. Change and succession is not only inevitable for a club like Arsenal, it is necessary if it is continually to keep moving forward. One of my primary responsibilities as chief executive has been to make sure that there is good succession planning in every position in the club, including my own. 

"Although it is very hard to do - the hardest decision of my life - I believe that, after 10 years, it is the right time for me to step aside to allow new leadership, energy and ideas to take the club forward into this exciting new era. I believe in the positive force of change, both for me and for the club. While this is the most difficult and challenging course for me, I am excited to see what the future holds for this great club.

"After so many years at Major League Soccer and Arsenal, I am now looking forward to joining one of the world’s other great clubs, AC Milan, and working to restore it to its rightful place in football. Until then, I will continue to devote absolutely all my energy until my last day to ensure an orderly transition for the benefit of Arsenal Football Club. 

“My sincere thanks go to Stan and Josh Kroenke for their support and guidance on everything we have done. To Sir Chips Keswick, Lord Phil Harris, Ken Friar and my wonderful management team and staff, on and off the field, to Arsène Wenger, Unai Emery and to the fans of this giant and incredible club, thank you for your immense support and friendship over so many years and for the wonderful privilege of being part of the journey. We lived through many emotions together, the highs and the lows of football, and I am proud to be able to say that I gave this club and its fantastic people everything that I had in me. I am excited and energised for the future for myself and for Arsenal Football Club and I will always hold it in my heart.” 

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Loan Watch: Nelson scores on Bundesliga debut

Reiss Nelson

Three of our stars were in action for their loan clubs on Saturday - read on to find out who was involved and how they fared.

Reiss Nelson scored on his Bundesliga debut as Hoffenheim slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Alfredo Moreno opened the scoring for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, but upon the introduction of Nelson in the 72nd minute, the dynamic of the game changed and Hoffenheim soon found themselves level.

Our 18-year-old winger received the ball inside the box and beat his marker with a delicate first touch, before finding the bottom right corner with a cool finish from a tight angle.

It looked as if Nelson had salvaged a point for Julian Nagelsmann’s side with less than four minutes remaining on the clock, but Fortuna went on to secure all three points through Dodi Lukebakio, who converted from the spot in the 88th minute.

Takuma Asano played 65 minutes of Hannover 96's 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig.

Leipzig broke the deadlock through forward Yussuf Poulsen in the ninth minute, but Niclas Fullkrug equalised less than four minutes later.

Takuma Asano

Takuma Asano in action for Hannover

Miiko Albornoz then went on to score in the 65th minute, but Timo Werner’s brace either side of half-time ensured that the hosts left with all three points.

Matt Macey played the entirety of Plymouth Argyle’s 1-0 loss to Blackpool.

Mark Cullen scored the decisive goal from close range in the 14th minute, before Donervon Daniels and former Gunner Marc Bola were sent off deep into stoppage time.

Elsewhere, David Ospina (Napoli) and Calum Chambers (Fulham) were named on the bench for their loan clubs but failed to feature.

Lorenzo Insigne found the back of the net as Napoli ran out 1-0 winners over Fiorentina, while Fulham were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Leroy Sane and David Silva found the back of the net inside the opening 20 minutes, before Raheem Sterling made it three just two minutes into the second half.

Interview

‘I’m doing my best, every day, to be stronger’

He’s made quite the impact since signing for us from Manchester United - but after fulfilling his childhood dream, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a new ambition to achieve.

Our No 7 scored in the Champions League for his former team last season, and is determined to help us return to the competition.

“I’m doing my best every day, every hour and every minute to become even stronger,” he told Arsenal Player. “I always had my dreams, I always had my ambitions and I always wanted to chase them. I wanted to fulfil them because it was very important to me and my family. 

“I was working hard, I wasn’t taking a day off and I was always working hard on myself. Even if I was good at one thing, I was always trying to improve it even more. I think that’s it. 

“It’s always nice to be a part of the history at this club because Arsenal is a big club and everyone knows that being in this club means a lot. 

“As well for myself, I’m very happy that I could have Arsene Wenger as a manager and I’m very happy to have Unai Emery as well as manager. 

“I appreciate people that want to try and help Arsenal achieve more because I know Arsenal is a team that has to be playing in the Champions League and is a team that has to fight for trophies in England. What we’re trying to do is to bring the Arsenal level back.”

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