The eight canvas artworks featuring 32 Arsenal legends in an embrace that wraps around Emirates Stadium are in the process of being taken down.
Replacement artworks were due to be installed before the Boxing Day clash with West Ham United but the team responsible for the designs, led by Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller, is making last-minute adjustments following a final consultation with a supporter consultation group.
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As a result, they won’t be put in place until January which means anyone heading to N5 for this weekend’s WSL clash between Arsenal and Manchester United will be greeted by a ‘bare’ stadium, similar to how it was when it opened in 2006.
As the club have made clear throughout the process, the aim of the project is is create designs that ‘express what Arsenal means in 2023’.
With 136 years of history to draw upon, it’s fair to say they opened Pandora’s Box.
We’re not allowed to share any spoilers as to how the new artwork will look. However, having been part of the consultation, we’re confident that there’s something for everyone.