Arsenal unveil statues of club legends

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Arsenal have, as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations unveiled three statues of Arsenal legends at the stadium.

Herbert Chapman, along with former captains Thierry Henry and Tony Adams will become part of the Arsenalisation and remain on their respective plinths for many years to come.

Chairman Peter Hill-Wood said, “Today is a celebration of three hugely influential figures in the history of Arsenal Football Club. Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry are three Arsenal Legends who have all contributed so much to the successes of this football club.

“These legends are now proudly on display outside Emirates Stadium for all to see, and will provide a way for Arsenal supporters, and indeed any visitors to the stadium, to remember them and pay their own tributes to these three great men.”

Arsene Wenger hailed Chapman, whose statue was placed at the Danny Fiszman bridge, as the ‘club’s greatest ever manager’, calling him a ‘revolutionary’ and saying his contribution to the club’s history and traditions would never be forgotten.

At the Ken Friar Bridge Mr Hill-Wood unveiled the statue of Tony Adams. It features the centre-half legend in a pose with his arms out having just scored that goal against Everton as Arsenal sealed the league title in 1998. Would you believe it? You probably would. Tony played a total of 669 games for the club but sadly wasn’t present at today’s ceremonies.

Arsenal’s record goalscorer, Thierry Henry, completed the trio. With 226 goals he remains, and is likely to remain for many years, the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

Described by PHW as a ‘modern day hero’, Henry’s statue shows him on his knees having run all the way up the pitch to score against Sp*rs then all the way back again to celebrate in front of their fans. A tremendous touch for a normally conservative club.

Arsene Wenger said, “I know that he loves Arsenal deeply… He deserves this honour… I am proud of his sensational career”, while an emotional Henry himself told the assembled crowd, “Wow! I never thought in my wildest dreams that this would happen. I have so much love for the club. Once a Gooner, always a Gooner.”

The statues will provide just a small part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations and the club have urged all supporters to get to the ground early tomorrow for a number of events.

One of which is a 360 degree, high-resolution photograph of the crowd so make sure you’re doing your best Blue Steel at all times tomorrow. Details can be found on arsenal.com

Picture via @gingers4limpar

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Afiq
Afiq

They missed out one statue.. Which i hope they will build soon.. ‘The Dutch Master’ DB10..

Graham

Whoever can put a thumbs down to the great DB10 does not deserve access to this great blog!

Afiq
Afiq

Agree with Graham

demmy000
demmy000

The missing statue is of Wenger himself!

Mooro
Mooro

Cool. It’s one of those new Heli-statues.

Can they all fly or is it just Herbert’s one?

New guy
New guy

I hope RvP sees the statues, likes them, and asks himself what he has to do to get one too.

Kafata
Kafata

More of the same, I think 🙂

TN Gooner
TN Gooner

Where’s the Eboue statue?

Barndoor Bendtner
Barndoor Bendtner

It fell over dramatically when someone brushed against it.

Ajax
Ajax

They missed out one statue.. Which i hope they will build soon.. ‘The French Professor” Arsene Wenger.

Afiq
Afiq

AW is still there.. So might be later when he already retired, it will surely be there..

Huntersanti
Huntersanti

Great statues, but would love to see one of God there too

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

thumbs downers, i think he meant Bergkamp, not actually God, now why would anyone thumbs down that?

rusta
rusta

True class thats why I love the mighty gooners.

Thorough

Challenge to Wenger…let us witness one of these statues move again. I’m all for Thierry in January.

Ian allinson's tache
Ian allinson's tache

I ve said it before on here, let’s name the stadium after wenger when the naming rights come back up – with the db10 stand opposite the rocAstle end?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I’m glad they look classy unlike the paedo at Fulham that looks like it was made by someones “arty” son who’s actually shit at art.

Sp*rs goal pose is the perfect choice for Henry as is the Everton goal one for Adams. I think those are the moments that I envisage every time I think about them.
What would Arsene’s be when he eventually gets the one he deserves?

medix
medix

The perfect style for AW is when he kicked the bottle drink or when he stand at the wrong side of MU fans.

mwatthe
mwatthe

heh couldn’t help but chuckle a bit at that

Pele of Romford

Went to see the clash last night at the scala- so body is recovering big time and I’m miserable.
But this has cheered me right up, what a nice touch! Like others just need Dennis and le prof himself. Or just name a stand after him.

Kenyan-Gunner
Kenyan-Gunner

“Wow! I never thought in my wildest dreams that this would happen. I have so much love for the club. Once a Gooner, always a Gooner.”….aaaaahhha Titi we love you back. Now can we interest you in a game or two in January while Gervy is away? For old times sake….?

Tino
Tino

I think that Henry celebration has to be my favourite of all time, so simple yet wonderfully arrogant. “Yes sp*rs we are and forever will be better than you”

Sean
Sean

Shattered that they chose these 3 when the best 3 candidates for a statue are Pascal Cygan, The Highbury Squirrel and The Tray Of Dodgy Lasagne.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

ahahahaha the tray of dodgy lasagne

that’s the one

a statue of eboue, on one knee, holding the lasagne aloft like a trophy

yes, it works

although i’d have to draw the line at cygan. igors stepanovs every time, son. igors. legend. just ask sir alex

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Will
Will

Such a shame that inanimate carbon rod never got his statue,.. what a legend lol

Thorough

Just heard they nearly made one for Nasri. PHW spoke with him first. PHW: Nas cunt I wanna make a status for u. Nasri: Are you serious uncle Pete? PHW: Sure as egg is egg. Nasri: Sensash!!! How much do the statues cost? PHW: 200thousand pounds sterling upwards… Nasri: I got an idea Pete. PHW: Wat? Nasri: Forget abt the Portar and just give me the money. I’ll stand there. PHW: Oops.

Mark Darling
Mark Darling

As a Spurs fan, I’m interested to know whether Arsenal fans think the statues are a good likeness. My initial reaction is that the Henry one doesn’t look that much like him, the Chapman one is just a bit too chubby (could be wrong on that one, but I don’t remember him being that fat) and the Adams one having a neck like a steroids filled weightlifter.
I’m not here to start an argument, just expressing my own opinion and wondering if everyone likes them (which so far, after reading the comments on here, it sounds like you do?)

And apologies but I have to end with a cheeky COYS!

Merlin's Panini
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