I didn’t know this about Arsenal.
- We became the UK’s first football club to install large-scale battery energy storage in 2018. The battery storage system can power Emirates Stadium for an entire match, or the equivalent of 2,700 homes for two hours .
- Since 1999, more than 29,000 trees have been planted at our training centre in London Colney to create the Colney Wood
- We have installed a water recycling system at our training centre to reuse water that comes from the pitch – in the last year, we have recycled more than 4.5 million litres of water.
- Following the launch of the partnership with Octopus Energy in 2016, we were the first Premier League club to switch to 100 per cent green electricity.
- In partnership with Camden Town Brewery, we were the first Premier League club to trial the reusable cup scheme during the 2018/19 season. This scheme became fully integrated at the start of the 2019/20 season, saving the use of approximately 20,000 single use plastic cups per game when Emirates Stadium is full.
- In October this year, we launched a partnership with global aluminium packaging company Ball Corporation designed to help the club and our millions of fans around the world reduce their impact on the environment.
- Our training centre is now 95 per cent single use plastic bottle-free
- We have introduced more water dispensers across all sites – saving 150,000 single-use plastic water bottles per year
- We have reduced energy by installing automated LED lighting at all club sites .
I know the above changes won’t improve our football but they will help improve the planet and we fans should be proud about that.
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A couple of odd things have taken place during the first week of international football. The first being Kieran Tierney and his Scotland teammates securing a place in a big tournament for the first time in a hundred years. Ok, not quite that many but it’s been a long time. Secondly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon teammates were stranded at the airport for six hours according to a report in The Daily Mail. Not what all that was about but all the players had their passports taken from them and had to sleep on the floor. Aubameyang has scored for his country within the last week and from open play so I hope he can doing the same for his club. Both Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have played for England although the latter was an unused sub in last night’s defeat to Belgium and Saka came on from the bench to replace Chilwell. England have one more fixture on Wednesday against Iceland and with my Arsenal hat on, I hope neither play.
You have to feel sorry for Liverpool though, or not, not really, as their players are dropping like flies this season. VvD out for much of the season and now Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have both suffered injuries too. On top of that, Mo Salah has tested positive for Covid so how long he’s out remains to be seen. Thankfully, Mo Elneny’s test proved negative.
Anyway, I think all our players who are away have just the one fixture left so fingers crossed we suffer no injuries.
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