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Emirates Watch: It's Finished

Ashburton Grove has 'reached practical completion' as the first game at our new home is less than a week away.

The project has taken years to finalise costing over £390 million, but now, the 60,000 all seater is all but finished, with only minor touches to be added.

Thursday will see the annual members day event which will host 20,000 eager Gooners to watch the first team in training, this will be the penultimate ramp up event in a series of safety checks with Dennis Bergkamps testamonial being the final event.

A proud Arsene Wenger said, 'Everyone at the club has worked really hard on the stadium project and have done so well in getting it ready on time.'

He added: 'We are delighted that the stadium has reached practical completion and are really looking forward to what we hope will be a very successful first season and future at our new home.

'It is a fitting tribute that the first match at Emirates Stadium and a new chapter in the club's history gets under way with a match in honour of a true Arsenal legend, Dennis Bergkamp.'

I look forward to taking my first look round on Saturday.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 17 2006

Time: 11:18AM

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What a great stadium. Loved highbury, but Ashburton should be something else!
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17/07/2006 11:34:00

Can't wait too see it, couldn't get a ticket for saturday but i'm going members day so i'll still see it. I think it truley is the best stadium in the world. (just to say Dennis Bergkamps testamonial will be on Channel five at 4:15 in the UK)
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17/07/2006 11:52:00

shame that you'll struggle in it next year!
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17/07/2006 11:54:00

I really hope we still call it HIGHBURY OR NEW HIGHBURY Ashburton road sounds like the local council pitches everyone knows HIGHBURY LETS KEEP IT WE HAVE ONLY MOVED 5OO metres UP THE ROAD but it is still the best there is great with loads of style !!! huzzlenuts
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17/07/2006 12:11:00

Is that you wishing Elmo? You know we'll be better than last year don't you!!!
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17/07/2006 12:32:00

Been past the stadium several times and I must say it is amazing. Here's hoping for a nice FA cup tie there next season :D
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17/07/2006 12:33:00

elmo is back haha im looking forward to seeing the emirates stadium. the testimonial is also on channel 5
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17/07/2006 13:35:00

Finally the stadium is finished of us have waited for this.
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17/07/2006 15:55:00

i have to agree with hazelnuts when our current deal with Emerates runs out whenever that me be i hope they do call the stadium new Highbury or something like that, or hows about the Rocastle stadium, anyway this new home for us looks amazing and it is a fitting home for the gunners to move into
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17/07/2006 18:55:00

Once the impending stadium sharing deal is worked out with another club, the renaming process can begin. Keep the seats clean in the Spurs end, eh? In the meantime, why not make the best of both parks and call it Flybury?
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17/07/2006 21:18:00

GWN - You can only dream of a stadium like ours. Oh well back to sh1te fart lane for you, you scallywag!!
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17/07/2006 22:45:00

an incredible stadium and accievement for arsenal. looking forward to visiting.
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18/07/2006 20:45:00

Make sure you chuck down some prawn sammiches to the little people below the club seats. They'll have given up eating in order to pay for the tickets. You'll still have room for the Emirates club cuisine that will feature lamb's eyes cooked in honey, lark's tongues in aspic and camel calf sweetbreads. Yumm!
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19/07/2006 01:55:00


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