ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB manager Arsène Wenger officially opened the UK’s largest Lexus Centre at its special launch event on October 23. Fresh from his team’s 2-5 win against Fenerbahce in Turkey in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League just two days’ previously, Mr Wenger posed for photographs and signed autographs, as he milled with the 500 guests.
Mr Wenger, who drives a Lexus LS 600h, received a rapturous welcome from guests who, given the North London location, not surprisingly contained a high number of Arsenal supporters, clearly delighted with the team’s victory.
“Every morning when I wake up, I feel that it’s a privilege to go to work,” said Wenger. “We could lose and it could be a disaster, but not everyone has the privilege that I have, which is to be in England with my beloved club.” He added: “I’m very happy to be here in this magnificent facility – I can see there are many Arsenal fans here tonight!”
The event, at Lexus Edgware Road, celebrated the dealership’s move to its newly-opened £8 million centre.
The business relocated in August, from its previous tucked-away location further down the Edgware Road — and the evening provided the opportunity to both celebrate Lexus Edgware Road’s success and thank customers for their support over the years.
As well as the chance to meet Arsène Wenger, entertainment during the evening included a spectacular display from aerial acrobats, who dropped from the ceiling of the two-storey centre. There were also live sushi-making demonstrations, given by chefs from renowned London restaurant Nobu, while background music was provided by a pianist playing a white baby grand.
Diana Mackinnon, general manager of Lexus Edgware Road, said: “I wanted our customers to celebrate the opening of our centre with us, but I also wanted to thank them for their support over the years. What better way than to welcome Arsène Wenger, who must be North London’s biggest hero? Enjoying such close access to Mr Wenger is something that money can’t buy and it has been an absolute delight to see so many of our customers captivated by our special guest. I hope that our guests went home thinking, as I did, that this has truly been an unforgettable night.”