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.

But modern football and business mean that bigger and better stadiums are required, and the Emirates is just that. Bigger and right up there in modern term. The pitch is bigger and crowd not so much on top of it but still close. I was impressed on my first trip and I can't wait to get back.

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.

Look at the carpet like surface
Unfortunately, she was ill and couldn't make it at the last minute. Which was a bummer because now I had 7 hours to kill in London on my own with no idea what to do. London though is not a bad city on a fine sunny sunday afternoon, so I jumped on the tube to Covent Garden and wandered about there people watching, catching the street entertainment etc. I spent most of the day people watching. I made my way over to Leicester Square, Piccadilly and even found myself in St James Park and Trafalgar Square. I walked miles, but it's kinda cool to bum around london with nothing to do and no particular place to go.

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.

joehobo says:
I am a Chelsea fan. Jose Mourinho was the my inspiration. I now also follow Real.I like Arsenal too and that's because I wish it could spoil the chances of Man Utd. Nice pics of the stadium and good review of your short trip. Rgds
Posted on: Oct 29, 2010
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