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First Seats Go Into Emirates

Today was a historic day in the history of Arsenal Football Club as the very first seats were fitted at the spanking new Emirates stadium.

Keith Edelman and Abou Diaby were there to witness this event, and both had much to say.

Edelman went first.

'It's a very important day, a very exciting day.

'The first seat being put into the stadium is a very exciting moment for us.

'It's a great moment, the stadium is looking absolutely fantastic. We're on schedule for it to be finished in time for next year's season so I think everything is going very well for us.

'I think, if you look around the stadium, it's still got the same feel as Highbury, the very tight feel, and every seat has a great view. We've not gone up terribly high so the views from the upper tier and very back of the upper tier are very, very good.

'I think there are two major reasons [for the change]. We have so many fans who write in and say they can't get a seat to see their team play so it will help us get more fans in.

'And it's financially very important because it increases our revenue, which enables us to put more money into team development and invest in the team for future success.

'It's going extremely well, very well indeed. We've sold all 150 executive boxes and, out of 6,700 executive seats, we've already sold 6,200.

'There's only 500 left to sell and it's the only place where people can get a seat who aren't very high up on the waiting list.'

Diaby was equally thrilled at his first visit and also at the prospect of getting out on the new pitch.

'It's great to be at the stadium today and be the person who actually fixes the first seat at this fantastic stadium. It is exciting to think that in a few months time one of our supporters will be sitting here watching the team play. It's the first time I've been to Emirates Stadium and it is amazing - I really can't wait to play here next season.'

The new place is going to be at the height of European football stadia, something to be proud of, but more importantly, somewhere to begin a new era, and somewhere to make a new history.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 13 2006

Time: 8:16PM

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For anyone who saw the first link that didn't work, it's now fixed and you can admire our new home :)
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13/03/2006 20:26:00

How great does it look!?! I can't wait!
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13/03/2006 20:27:00

It looks spectacular and its finally coming and with only 55 days left til we leave Highbury its going to be a step forward for Arsenal football club. Im just glad ive been able to catch the Highbury era.
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13/03/2006 20:31:00

Glad you enjoyed my photos folks. Will be doing an update shortly.
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13/03/2006 23:25:00

Excellent photoshoot, it really shows the stadium in all it glory, looking forward to seeing the finished article!
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13/03/2006 23:27:00

What's that picture with the West Ham logo near the end all about!?!
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14/03/2006 09:04:00

Its the same when any stadiums are built, inevitably you have rival supprters working on it and they do thing, like I heard a Pompey shirt was burried in the centre cirlce at ST mary's stadium, and at TCOM stadium supporters can paid for thei names to be written on bricks in the players tunnel, and some Man Utd fans have sent in names that are anagrams of Man Utd.
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14/03/2006 20:11:00

Its a good thing it does Not have an english name, considering none of your team are english anymore. I like the camel jockey stadium, have you got a seat reserved for bin laden, and a box for his taliban mates, pity henry thinks its a dump and would rather go to the 110,00 seater nou camp, where he can play with world class players.
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15/03/2006 11:00:00

I look forward to visiting, hopefully the seating for away fans will be better than it is at Highbury. I can only imagine there won't be any columns to obstruct our view of Robben stroking another one in.
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15/03/2006 11:30:00

There will be no columns to osbtruct the view at the Grove... one of the unfortunate drawbacks of originally-unplanned extensions over the years. I don't know how a Tottenham fan can criticise our new stadium let alone our old stadium, White Hart Lane is a dump - and worst of all, it's full of Spurs fans.
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15/03/2006 13:11:00

Does anybody know why this site's leagu table doesn't include the 1st place team?
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15/03/2006 13:49:00

It's not a conspiracy or anything, it only shows the three teams above us and the three teams below us. As you're sitting pretty, your site just shows the six teams below you. Hope you're not getting dizzy up there, we'll be pegging you back down next season :)
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15/03/2006 13:56:00

Thanks for the explanation.I don't like heights, but this is one I am getting used to. JT and the lads will be extremely focussed on the 3peat next year and you guys will have Cygan back!
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15/03/2006 14:19:00

Hopefully we can offload Cygan to someone foolish enough to take him! I think we'll pose a much greater threat next year (provided Henry doesn't leave, or at least we find a decent replacement if he does!).
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15/03/2006 15:14:00

You could have Carlton Cole, but he's English! I agree you will be stronger next year, but so will we.
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15/03/2006 16:40:00

it literally is S***e Hart Lane!! if it shows the emirates stadium like this now, imagine what it will be like when everything is in place ready for the what will be a spectacular opening fixture i can guarantee!!
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16/03/2006 03:31:00

yeah without henry u mug, to me it looks like the riverside staduim, yeah the one with no fans.
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16/03/2006 12:30:00

well as the stadium isn't finished yet you dumb ass there are highley unlikly to be any fans in the stadium are there? but when it is finished you can guarantee it WILL be full WEEK IN, WEEK OUT.
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17/03/2006 02:32:00


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