Arsenal V Fulham
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This was a special day for me. Being a lifelong Arsenal fan this was my first trip to see them play in the Emirates Stadium. For those of you unfamiliar with Arsenal theey moved to a new stadium last season. Due to varying circumstances I didn't get the opportunity to travel to a game last season, so I was very excited to be getting along for the opening game of the new season.
The new stadium blew me away. It was totally different to the quaint surrounds that were Highbury. Vast open spaces around the stadium on the outside and plenty of leg room inside the stadium. The playing surfaces looked immaculate and smoother than the carpet in my living room. I like Highbury for it's character. It was a quaint stadium. The pitch was small and tight and the crowd were right on top of it. I was a little sorry to see the team leave there.
It always helps when the home team get a win. I looked unlikely for long periods. Desipte dominating possession Arsenal couldn't score, mainly due the the heroic efforts of the Fulham keeper who was playing out of his skin and some desparate last ditch defending. It also didn't help that Arsenal gifted fulham a goal after all of 53 seconds. What a way to start the season. But the team dug deep, battle hard and probably deserved their 2-1 win in the end. Two goals in the last 7 minutes sealing victory.
I had a late flight home that evening and was due to meet a friend I hhaven't seen a quite a while after the game.
I've never really done the tourist thing in London. Anytime I've been there it was for football or work. Bumming around on Sunday afternoon made me realise London has a lot to offer for a purely tourist point of view and I need to spend time there just wandering around and seeing some of the city.