For 125 years, it delivered. Through the wars, the poverty, the thick and the thin, it was there, always. It wasn’t for the glory of winning, however. It was more for its loyalty to its fans, something most wouldn’t understand unless you’re an Arsenal F.C. lifer. And so, for the club’s 125-year anniversary, Nike opened the doors to “The Arsenal: 125” exhibition. Honorary guests, Arsenal Defender Kieran Gibbs and Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny mingled with the hundreds of gathered visitors within the white-washed confines of iconic art establishment, Saatchi Gallery of London, The exhibition was a host of mixed mediums and formats, all based on the team and its fans. Curated by Arena+ Homme magazine with DoBeDo, a photography collective with some of best photographers in England, the series of images on display captured moments in and around Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium plus its London Colney training facility. Through their stylistic imaging, DoBeDo founding member Tyrone Le Bon, along with the group’s key photographer, Jason Evens, went steps further. Thus, complete the story of the interactions between players and fans.
One other aspect of this special exhibition was a short documentary created by Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), the production company founded by directors-brothers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. Captured as a progression in 3 different games Home, Away and Cup Final – this past February, RSA director Greg Fay, himself lifelong Arsenal fan, followed team supporters through the ebb and flow of emotions. In art as in life, the bond between team and fans is immeasurable.