Arsenal’s relationship with the Emirates airline has been ongoing for 12 years now and is being extended for yet another five years in a deal being described as one of the ‘biggest ever’ in world football. The sponsorship, the largest ever signed by the club and one of the biggest ever agreed in football, gives the airline a 5-year extension to their shirt partnership with the club until the end of the 2023-2024 season.
The agreement was formally finalised today by Arsenal’s Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis and the Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark. Gazidis proudly announced: “Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport. This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship. Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.”
“Emirates is a great partner for Arsenal – a world class brand with a truly global reach. The airline plays a significant role in our ambitions to extend our influence and following around the world. The new deal, extending our shirt partnership until 2024, underlines how much both organisations value and benefit from the relationship.”
In addition to being shirt sponsors, the stadium naming rights are also owned by the airline until 2028, and Emirates have generously provided access to their fleet of jets for Arsenal to use on the Gunners’ pre-season tours.
The deal is mooted to be in the region of over £200m to be added to our coffers, which should help us to continue growing and to compete with the other top earners in the Premier League. I bet it will give a little boost to the Arsenal share price, and also earn Gazidis a little extra bonus this year….