Arsenal FC news: Club announce lucrative five-year shirt sponsorship extension in club-record deal

Arsenal have announced a five-year extension to their shirt partnership with Emirates – the largest sponsorship deal ever signed by the club.

The Gunners confirmed Emirates’, whose sponsorship agreement started in 2006, branding would continue to feature on shirts and training kit of all their teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said on the club’s official website: “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.”

As part of the deal, Arsenal will fly on Emirates planes for pre-season tours, which saw the squad head to Australia and China during July 2017.

Emirates have held naming rights to Arsenal’s 60,000-seater stadium since the Gunners moved in during 2006, with that deal set to run through until 2028.

Gazidis continued: “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.”

On the pitch, Arsenal will be back in action for the second leg of their Europa League last-16 clash against Ostersund on Thursday night.

The Swedish side come to the Emirates Stadium having lost the first leg 3-0.

Arsenal will then turn their attention towards the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, which is the first of two successive games against the Premier League leaders.

It has also been confirmed Arsenal’s Premier League match against Leicester on March 17 has been postponed after the Foxes progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League table, some seven points behind Tottenham following defeat in the north London derby at Wembley.