Opus dropped in on Little Britain star Matt Lucas recently to present the comedian with his very own copy of the acclaimed Arsenal Opus.

Lucas is a famous and long-standing Arsenal supporter and Opus was invited to the star’s London home to hand over the book in recognition of his contribution to the recent “What does being a Gooner mean to you?” competition, held in conjunction with O2.

The competition invited the Emirates faithful to submit a photograph which they felt encapsulated what the club meant to them. The winner will be presented with a personalised version of the Arsenal Opus, worth over £3000, featuring their own image as well as the 10 best runners-up, as chosen by Arsène Wenger.


Lucas wrote a heartfelt account of watching the side in action in the Littlewood Cup final against Luton at Wembley in 1988. Sadly, the big day ended in defeat for the team and a self-inflicted black eye for the 13-year-old but his devotion to the Gunners remains undimmed.

“It was a pleasure to give Matt a copy of the Opus,” said Opus CEO Karl Fowler. “We were very grateful to him for penning his favourite memory of supporting the club and I think it inspired a lot of other fans to make a contribution to the competition.”

The 850-page Arsenal Opus is a spectacular chronicle of the club’s history, focussing on the Highbury years from 1913 to 2006 and the recent move to Emirates Stadium.

It features scores of exclusive interviews, features from leading writers such as The Daily Telegraph’s David Miller and The Sunday Telegraph’s Patrick Barclay, and more than 2000 painstakingly-researched images and original photo shoots.