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Arsenal: 5 Great Gunners Facts!

Mertesacker and Gervinho sleep on the Emirates pitch

It’s ZOO’s Get Fact special on the North London side, as we give a facty focus to the Prem teams from 2011/12 who made it into next season’s Champions League.

FIVE: Arsenal reckon that they now have 100 million fans worldwide. They’ve got 10 million fans on Facebook and 1.5 followers million on Twitter. There are 165,000 paid members of the club’s fanbase, plus 30,000 Junior Gunners, and 130 official Arsenal Supporters Clubs around the world.

FOUR: You can currently be shown round the Emirates by one of seven ex-footballing greats. They are the three Double winners of 1971 – Charlie George, John Radford and Eddie Kelly, 1979 FA Cup hero Sammy Nelson, 1987 League Cup-winning skipper Kenny Sansom, and 1989 Anfield marvels Lee Dixon and Perry Groves. Fans can visit arsenal.com/tours to book.

THREE: Serial statue-builders Arsenal created the second sculpture of legendary gaffer Herbert Chapman during the 2011/12 season. To commemorate their 125 years of history, the club whacked a likeness of Chapman outside the Emirates’ Clock End (away stand) – having originally put a bust of his head in the marble halls of old stadium Highbury in 1936.

TWO: Arsenal run Twitter Takeovers where fans can ask whatever they want to players. They use the hashtag #ArsenalLive and fans have asked Mikel Arteta for hair-grooming tips and Thomas Vermaelen where he keeps his ketchup.

ONE: England’s Euro 2012 star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain became the youngest Englishman ever to score a goal in the Champions League. He netted against Olympiakos on 28 September 2011 aged just 18 years and 44 days.

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