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Arsenal’s possible Premier League title parade plans and route amid Manchester City battle

Should Arsenal win the league a Premier League trophy parade would be on the cards as football.london assesses the potential event route and activities

Arsenal have not been able to conduct a trophy parade since 2015 despite winning two FA Cups in the time since Arsene Wenger beat Aston Villa 4-0. As their title race continues nine years later, there is a chance that a victory against the odds with Manchester City currently in the driving seat could prompt the need for one.

The club will certainly be aware of this and will be planning for the possibility, not through any arrogance or assumptions, but just simply because of the organisation needed to pull off such an event. Parades include large residential areas being shut down and filled with people.

Arsenal won the FA Cup under Arteta in 2020 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they weren’t able to celebrate the victory with fans in the stadium and subsequently unable to host a parade in the streets of Highbury. It was a strange time and remains the last major trophy won by Arteta despite now challenging for the title in a second successive season.

In 2017 there was no pandemic stopping a trophy parade after Wenger managed an unlikely win over then-champions Chelsea in the FA Cup final. Arsenal announced that there would not be a parade before the final had even taken place.

At the time, the nation’s security threat had been placed at critical and police were already under immense pressure. The Gunners had planned a screening of the game at the Emirates Stadium but announced this would be cancelled alongside the potential for a parade.

Therefore, fast forward back to the present day and the chance of a parade has returned. Looking back to the 2015 parade we can get some hints as to what it could entail.

On Sunday, May 31 2015, Arsenal conducted a three-hour event between 11am and 2pm which began at the Emirates Stadium by Martineau Road with buses taking the players and coaching staff through the area. Travelling through Drayton Park, Aubert Park, Highbury Park, Highbury Grove, St Paul’s Road and halfway around the Highbury roundabout into Upper Street.

At 12pm, the buses arrived at the Islington Town Hall which hosted a closed reception for the players. The players stayed for an hour before the buses then returned to the Emirates Stadium via the Hornsey Road side where the players would disembark and congregate above the Armoury for more celebrations until close.

The hope is now that Arsenal can indeed fulfil their ambition of winning the league so that a parade can go ahead. The Gunners will need to be perfect and hope for a Manchester City slip however for this to be the case.

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