Pires signing session

Exclusive Pires signing session

Arsenal fans will have a chance to meet Gunners legend Robert Pires when the ex-France international takes part in an exclusive signing session in The Armoury ahead of the Southampton game on November 23.

Pires will meet up to 200 supporters 12pm to 1.30pm in the Club’s flagship store, where he will be on hand to sign copies of a limited-edition framed photo montage featuring some of his most memorable moments in an Arsenal shirt.

Fans will then be able to get their personally-signed print framed immediately in-store, with each of the 200 pieces individually numbered. Supporters are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The exclusive print, which will only be available during the session, celebrates the Frenchman’s six years with the Club, during which he helped the team to two league titles and two FA Cups, netting 84 goals in 284 appearances.

To be eligible for the signing, fans must purchase a signed and framed copy of the photo, priced at £50.

Only 200 framed photos are available and priority will be given to the first attendees. Only one signature per exclusive framed photo purchased on the day.

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Arsenal:- 'Royal Arsenal' formed in Woolwich Arsenal Player DatabaseFeaturing EVERY Arsenal player A small group of Scots sowed the seed which would grow into one of the most famous names in football. David Danskin, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, worked at the Arsenal munitions factory in Woolwich. The Scot, a football man in an area dominated by rugby and cricket, founded a team with the help of three friends, Elijah Watkins, John Humble and Richard Pearce. The arrival in Woolwich of two Nottingham Forest players, Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates, had spurred Danskin into action. Word got around and 15 men came forward, each prepared to pay sixpence to help start up a club. Danskin added another three shillings himself and the club bought a football. It was October 1886. The club arranged its first game for December 1886 but had no name, no kit and nowhere to play. Danskin and company were referred to as Dial Square - after one of the factory's workshops - and crossed the Thames to play Eastern Wanderers on the Isle of Dogs. Dial Square won 6-0 and met in the Royal Oak pub, next to Woolwich Arsenal station, on Christmas Day 1886. Beardsley solved the kit problem by asking his contacts at Nottingham Forest to help. They duly sent a complete set of red shirts. And as they sat in the Royal Oak, the founding fathers chose a new name. They combined the name of the pub with their place of work - Royal Arsenal. It was far grander than 'Dial Square' and would be the club's name until 1891 when Woolwich Arsenal was formally adopted. At the time the 15 men who had pooled their resources to buy a football wanted little more than a means of exercise and, no doubt, the social activity which accompanied it. Little did they know what they had started.
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