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Arsenal unveil new look changing room and players’ tunnel ahead of Palace clash

Arsenal have renovated their home changing room and the players’ tunnel at the Emirates in between their Premier League fixtures against Tottenham and Crystal Palace

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Arsenal unveiled their brand new home changing room and players’ tunnel at the Emirates ahead of their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

The Gunners had plenty of time to decorate as their last home game was against bitter rivals Tottenham more than three weeks ago.

Arsenal’s home changing room has been fitted with a bright red light running beneath the players’ seats and a sign that reads: “We are the Arsenal.”

A huge Gunners badge has also been plastered across the floor and plenty of red has been added to give the room more vibrancy and emotion.



Arsenal have unveiled their new home changing room at the Emirates
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Arsenal’s home changing room previously had more of a traditional design, similar to the one they had at former ground Highbury.

The players’ tunnel has also been renovated, with red walls accompanying the black floor and ceiling.

The walls have also been fitted with bright white lights and the words “victory through harmony” have been scribbled across them.









The words are roughly translated from the club’s Latin motto – “Victoria Concordia Crescit” – which was part of Arsenal’s old badge.

Fans on social media were delighted with the upgrade, with one tweeting: “Stunning.

“I liked the old design but can’t deny it became a little bit rough around the edges. This now looks like a 21st century facility.”



The renovation was done in between Arsenal’s home fixtures against Tottenham and Crystal Palace
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Another supporter wrote: “This genuinely looks so cool. It fits in with the rebuild project.”

And one Arsenal fan tweeted: “It’s about time they got a state of the art dressing room. It was an embarrassment before.”

The Gunners aren’t the first Premier League club to revamp their home changing room and tunnel after Manchester City did so ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.



The players’ tunnel at the Emirates has also had an upgrade
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Arsenal were forced to use a makeshift changing room at Turf Moor last month as Burnley’s current away facilities do not comply with the Premier League’s Covid-19 protocols.

Palace and their manager Patrick Vieira, who played at Highbury between 1996 and 2005, were the first team to experience the new tunnel.

Speaking ahead of his return to Arsenal, Vieira told Palace’s website : “I’m really looking forward to it.



How Arsenal’s changing room used to look before the renovation
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“I had the chance to play for this football club for nine years. I arrived at this football club as a boy, and I left as a man.

“This is the club where I played my best football. So obviously going back there will be emotional, but I will put that on the side because what is important for us to perform well and get points.

“I’m looking forward to it because spending nine years is a long period of time, and that period was successful.

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“I was really pleased to be a part of a generation of players who made history for this football club.

“Going back there will be emotional, yes, but the focus and concentration will be on how we can perform well and get that result we want.

“I think it’s just about controlling yourself as a manager, and controlling the emotion.”


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