Arsenal have agreed a partnership with Japanese entertainment company Konami – the makers of the Pro Evolution Soccer games franchise.
The agreement will see Arsenal’s first team squad have their facial and physical data captured to ensure the game is as life-like as possible from a Gunners point of view. You’ll also see each player’s running and passing style replicated.
What does this all mean? We’re guessing you should look out for Jack’s bald spot, Shkodran Mustafi playing football on his arse and Granit Xhaka springing opposition counter-attacks with the odd wayward pass. The battle with the FIFA games franchise is truly on.
Speaking about the new partnership, Arsenal’s chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham said: “Our working relationship with Konami to date has been extremely successful from a licensing perspective and we are delighted to extend this and welcome them as an official partner.
“We look forward to getting started in the next phase of our relationship with KONAMI and creating some fun and exciting content that both Arsenal and wider football fans will enjoy.”
It’s believed Konami will also have full access to Arsenal’s home at the Emirates Stadium, allowing them to fully re-create the grounds for use within the game. Look out for those A4 ‘Wenger Out’ banners in the next edition of the game.