Eight pieces of art will transform the club’s home in north London as part of the first major refurbishment of the exterior of the ground since it opened in 2006.
Arsenal have worked with a diverse group of supporters, former players and leading figures in British art and design to inspire a new look that “reflects what Arsenal stands for in 2023 and beyond”.
Replacing the legends motifs around the outside Emirates Stadium will be eight pieces of art with a different theme. Each is designed to “celebrate the club’s rich history, community values and its relentless pursuit of progress”, the club say.
Kelly Smith, David Rocastle’s family and the son of legendary manager Ted Drake were all consulted during the redesign project, along with more than 100 supporters.
Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham, said: “This has been a fantastic project enabled by so many of the Arsenal family here in Islington and across the world. We genuinely couldn’t have brought this project to life without everyone working together and giving their passion and dedication to this work.
Arsenal reveal new 2023 artwork around Emirates Stadium
“I express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been involved and made this unique piece of work possible.
“We started with a blank canvas with the hope of capturing and expressing our rich history, our values of community and progress and reflect what Arsenal stands for in 2023 and beyond.
“The project has brought together our supporters, community, legends and staff as one. It's a real celebration of the Arsenal community, designed for and by the Arsenal family.”
The installation of the eight pieces of art will begin on January 12 and continue over forthcoming weeks.
In a statement, Arsenal said: “Together with a diverse group of Arsenal supporters, Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, critically acclaimed artist Reuben Dangoor, and distinguished graphic designer David Rudnick, led the design process during a series of consultations which began in April 2022.
“The workshops were designed to curate insight on the club’s heritage, culture and community in order to inspire eight pieces of art which represent what Arsenal stands for in 2023 and beyond. While each piece of art has a different theme, they are unified in celebrating the club’s rich history, community values and its relentless pursuit of progress.”
- Victoria Concordia Crescit tells the story of Arsenal’s iconic players who embody the spirit of the club and includes David Rocastle, Tony Adams, Ian Wright and Alex Scott.
- Remember Who You Are pays homage to the memories and history of the club’s former home, Highbury and includes Thierry Henry, Arsene Wenger and Cliff Bastin.
- Invincible immortalises two of Arsenal’s greatest glories: the women’s Champions League winning team of 2006-07 and the men’s invincible Premier League season of 2003-04.
- Come To See The Arsenal celebrates the club’s community roots and will be seen by passengers on southbound trains arriving into London passing Emirates Stadium.
- Eighteen Eighty-Six symbolises Arsenal’s constant pursuit of progress from the club’s founding year in Woolwich through to its move to north London in 1913.
- We All Follow The Arsenal is inspired by Arsenal supporters’ deep connection to the club.
- Future Brilliance reflects Arsenal’s commitment to providing opportunities for young players to develop and includes Charlie George, Jack Wilshere and Lianne Sanderson.
- Found a Place Where We Belong will be the ultimate illustrated crowd scene that represents the importance of the Arsenal family.