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Arsenal’s new stadium is to be called The Emirates Stadium as part of a £100 million deal with the airline over the next 15 years.

The airline, which currently sponsors Chelsea’s shirts, has acquirred the naming rights for when Arsenal move into their new ground at Ashburton Grove.

In addition, Emirates will also sponsor the club’s shirt from the 2006/07 season.

“The sheer size and scale of this deal is an amazing opportunity for Arsenal,” managing director Keith Edelman told the club’s official website.

“We are delighted to have Emirates as our partner and sponsor.”

Chairman of Emirates HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum has emphasised the unique nature of the deal.

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sponsor such a major new stadium and club, and represents a win-win partnership for both Emirates and Arsenal,” said Sheikh Ahmed.

“Arsenal Football Club has proved itself as one of the world’s best, with an outstanding record in the English Premiership including, of course, being the current Premiership champions, and also remaining unbeaten for the last 48 league matches.”

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