Arsene Wenger was the guest of honour at the Emirates last week as the Arsenal Opus was officially unveiled at the club’s new home.

The Gunners’ French manager took a break from masterminding his side’s impressive start to the new Premier League season to cast his critical eye over the book and admitted he was stunned by the results.

Wenger was given his first glimpse of the Opus pitchside at the Emirates by club chairman Peter Hill-Wood before moving to the stadium’s Diamond Club, where he conducted a fascinating QandA session for the assembled guests.

“It was a magnificent evening and a fitting way to formally unveil the Opus,” said Opus CEO Karl Fowler. “We have enjoyed superb cooperation from Arsenal throughout the long production process and it was only proper that the manager and the chairman were in attendance at the launch.”


“The book is a stunning work of art and everyone who saw the copy of the book on display for the first time at the Emirates was taken aback. We have always strived to give the Opus the ‘wow factor’ and judging by the reaction, we have achieved that.”

Arsenal legends Bob Wilson, Alan Smith, Lee Dixon, Pat Jennings, Charlie George and John Radford were also in attendance at the Emirates to celebrate the launch.

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.

The Arsenal Opus is available at £3,000 while the Icons Edition, personally signed by the likes of Tony Adams and Ian Wright, will be on sale for £4,250.