I have been an overseas Arsenal supporter for over 10 years. When I first began following the team and the EPL, most games were only shown at several New York bars catering to ex-pats. Since that time, the popularity of the league has grown so much that I can now see almost every Arsenal game from the comfort of my own couch. Of course that is still no substitute for seeing the team live.
I have been fortunate enough to attend Arsenal matches on a number of occasions. However, I had not attended a home match since the club left Highbury at the end of the 2005-2006 season. I was therefore very excited on a recent trip to London as I had secured tickets to attend two matches at Emirates Stadium.
The games themselves were not that memorable. The first was the Champions League group match versus Schalke on the evening of Oct. 24. Arsenal were flat and ended up 0-2 losers. The second was a labored 1-0 victory over last place QPR on Saturday afternoon Oct. 27.
What did leave a lasting impression on me was the stadium itself. A walk around the entire periphery is like a trip through the history of Arsenal. Here are just some of the memorable features of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.