FtF goes to Arsenal

arsenal-underground2Another thoroughly enjoyable visit to a traditional, football-loving area. In much the same way as West Ham, numerous homeowners have turned their front gardens into pitches, selling everything from bags of sweets to old photos and T-Shirts. Even a sizeable number of the shops and takeaways are painted red and white, and have Arsenal-related names.

For those that have not been, the Emirates itself is one impressive structure. Once inside the imposing glass frontage, the stadium itself is made up of these beautiful, sweeping curves and, get this, cushioned seats! The view from the away section – in one of the corners – is good and you’re pretty close to the action.

The only gripe I would have is that it does seem pretty quiet. I actually think this is more to do with the spaceage type design than the fans themselves, although it’s fair to say that they are certainly not the rowdiest bunch around. All in all, then, it’s definitely worth a visit if you get a chance in the future.

Highlights of the day
Mark Schwarzer’s saves; Brede Hangeland’s composure; Danny Murphy’s level-headed control in midfield; the two-for-a-£1 bags of sweets on sale outside the ground; Getting a point!

Negatives of the day
Bobby Zamora not putting himself out much to bond with the fans; our lack of goals on target; not giving Joe Kamara a chance to run at the Arsenal back line.

Chant watch
Didn’t hear much from the Arsenal to be fair. After they gave us some abuse when we pointed out they were going to win f** all, we serenaded them with the InterToto song…cue stunned bemusement from those in red and white!

The stalls outside Arsenal