Arsenal Singapore Club Emirates Trip 16-23 October 2011
Kelvin Goh and Ivy Ang, Jason Ang and Ranjith Wijayaratna
This is the first ever official Arsenal Singapore group trip to watch The Gunners. We watched 2 live matches at the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal v Sunderland, Arsenal v Stoke City) and one on TV at the Gunners Pub, Marseille v Arsenal. We even had a bonus live match after the Stoke City match where Arsenal U18s beat Chelsea U18s in a friendly match!) There was also a walk around the old Highbury Stadium, an Emirates Stadium tour with legend Charlie George, an Arsenal Museum tour and a shopping trip with a special group 20% discount at The Armoury store.
Sun 16 Oct – Met at 11am at Holloway Rd Tube, went to The Rocket for beer and lunch then Arsenal v Sunderland.
Wed 19 Oct – Met at 6pm at Arsenal Tube, walked to Highbury then to dinner and the Gunners Pub for Marseille v Arsenal.
Thu 20 Oct – Met at 2pm at Armoury store for shopping followed by Stadium/Museum tour.
Sun 23 Oct – Arsenal v Stoke City match followed by U18s friendly, Arsenal v Chelsea.
Stoke vs Arsenal Match Report
By Chris Harris (reproduced from arsenal.com)
Arsenal’s title hopes have finally been extinguished.
Arsène Wenger’s side were not completely out of the running when they arrived at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday but Stoke inflicted their seventh defeat of the season - and there’s no way back from that.
Kenwyne Jones got the first – although he knew little about it – after poor defending from a free kick and former Gunner Jermaine Pennant delivered the killer blow with a deflected shot over Wojciech Szczesny.
Robin van Persie spurned two good chances before giving the visitors a glimmer of hope with a fine strike 10 minutes from time. But Jon Walters responded within seconds to snuff out any chance of a comeback.
Arsenal could have few complaints. They were off-colour for most of this contest and once again made life tough for themselves with a handful of basic errors.
The target now is to secure third place and the automatic Champions League spot it brings. Manchester City are five points adrift with a game in hand, so Arsène Wenger’s side still have work to do before their summer holidays.
Arsenal vs ManU Match Report
By Richard Clarke (reproduced from arsenal.com)
Arsenal ripped open the Premier League title race once more with a thoroughly-deserved 1-0 win over Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
In all probability, Aaron Ramsey’s second-half strike will benefit Chelsea more than his own side but, after an indifferent spell all but ended their own aspirations of finishing on top, this was a hugely welcome win.
Arsenal bossed the first half and appeared to be denied a clear penalty when Nemanja Vidic handled a cross from Theo Walcott with Robin van Persie breathing down his neck.
Ramsey’s strike arrived when the visitors were finally finding a toe-hold in the game and Manchester United piled on their pressure in the closing stages. But, this afternoon, Arsenal were in determined mood.
In his pre-match interview, Wenger had suggested his side would have a “little sniff” in the title race should they win this afternoon. They are now seven points off top spot and need Manchester United, plus Chelsea for that matter, to stumble a couple more times.
But today proved that, despite recent travails, they belong up there with the best of them.
Bolton vs Arsenal Match Report
By Richard Clarke (reproduced from arsenal.com)
Arsenal’s bid for the Premier League title is all but over.
They went down 2-1 at Bolton on Sunday thanks to a 90th-minute header from substitute Tamir Cohen. The goal ended a 16-game unbeaten Premier League run going back to mid-December and leaves Arsène Wenger’s side nine points adrift of their conquerors that day - Manchester United - with only 12 available.
Defeat was hard on Arsenal this afternoon. Daniel Sturridge headed the home side in front seven minutes before the interval but Robin van Persie levelled three minutes after the restart. Inbetween Wojciech Szczesny saved a penalty from Kevin Davies.
In the final stages it was they who were chasing the game with more intent. But football, like life, is not fair. Arsenal have fought hard all season but fallen away at the sharp end of the campaign.
They must simply renew and rebuild for next season.
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Match Report
By Richard Clarke at White Hart Lane (reproduced from www.arsenal.com)
Arsenal dropped to third place in the Premier League after a pulsating 3-3 draw at Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Arsène Wenger’s side led after five minutes thanks to Theo Walcott’s breakaway but were pegged back almost immediately by Rafael van der Vaart’s fine strike.
It would be the pattern of the night. The visitors going in front and the hosts hauling them back.
In fact, Arsenal only had breathing space for about four minutes. That began in the 40th minute, immediately after Robin van Persie had added to Samir Nasri’s long-range goal, and ended when Tom Huddlestone thundered in from range just before the half-time whistle.
The second period was equally breathless but it brought only one goal. It came in the 70th minute when Wojciech Szczesny clipped substitute Aaron Lennon and Van der Vaart scored from the spot.
The draw was damaging for both sides. Arsenal now trail Chelsea on goal difference and leaders Manchester United by six points. Tottenham used up their game in hand on fourth-placed Manchester City this evening and are still two points behind Roberto Mancini’s men.
Wenger will draw solace from extending his side’s unbeaten run to 16 games and the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side must still play the two teams just below them.
However, the odds are still stacked against Arsenal lifting the Premier League trophy in May.
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