Following on from Hamlyn's successful "Official Arsenal Miscellany of 2004", this brand-new pocket-sized collection contains over 150 of the most intriguing and interesting truths about Arsenal Football Club. With all the best up-to-date trivia to engross every true Gunner, The "All-New Official Arsenal Miscellany" takes you on a tour of the more obscure side of one of the world's top football clubs, exploring everything from the fascinating to the down-right weird. Discover why Bill Shankly regularly slept in Arsenal's dressing rooms, how much Arsenal fans spent on Highbury wheelie bins at the Final Salute Auctions this year and how many children were christened 'Arsenal' in 2006. If you thought you knew it all from reading the original "Arsenal Miscellany", think again!
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Some sample facts and figures from the new Emirates Stadium: The entire cost of the stadium was GBP390 million. Over 60,000 cubic metres of concrete was used and 3,000 tons of tubular steel is in the roof alone - 30 times more than Highbury's North Bank! The stadium contains enough glass to cover two football pitches. The metal hand rails could stretch for 4.5 kilometres. Each Diamond Vision video screen weighs more than 5 tonnes. The pitch has it's own fresh air system, under-soil heating, vacuum system for drainage and pop-up irrigation. The redevelopment scheme created 2,500 new homes, 1,800 new jobs, a GBP60 million recycling centre and four new health facilities.
Chas Newkey-Burden is a freelance football writer and full-time Arsenal fan. He contributes to numerous soccer magazines, including Arsenal: The Official Magazine and has previously worked with Hamlyn on a number of Arsenal titles including The Official Arsenal Yearbook 2004. Location: St Albans, Hertfordshire