Featured Members’ Trips to The Arsenal – Kim de Silva

Our member Kim de Silva shares his visit to The Arsenal to watch the team take on West Ham

Home of the Arsenal.

Arsenal vs West Ham United

26-12-2022

I never would’ve imagined being at the Emirates Stadium on match day surrounded by Gooners along with the presence of our Thierry Henry and the man himself, Arsene Wenger. The atmosphere was terrific, and I was excited beyond words!

The first half wasn’t exactly how I pictured it to be with conceding a penalty that led to a goal, but it definitely had an happy ending. I must say we were pressed pretty hard at some moments, but the lads kept their composure and they dealt with most of the challenges West Ham had coming their way. I felt a great sense of satisfaction each time we won duals and defended well against set pieces. And the goals… oh my were they all beautiful! SAKA, MARTINELLI, NKETIAH BRAVO!!!! Also a shout out to our captain, Odegaard, for putting up one of the greatest performances that night. 

Being able to watch the Gunners live in action, was everything I’ve been hoping for since I was 11. I am proud to call myself a gooner, and I will continue to do so till the end. This trip will definitely not be my last. COYG!

Special thanks to Arsenal Singapore for helping me with getting the match tickets! 

Featured Members’ Trips to The Arsenal – Syed Ismail

Our member Syed Ismail shares his visit to The Arsenal to watch the team take on West Ham

“Arsenal FC! We’re by far the greatest team! The world has ever seen! And it’s Arsenal!!!” 

_A Memorable Chapter in a Lifelong Love Story_

After 3 decades of support (since Caltex Cup Singapore 1991!) and a combination of almost a hundred jerseys, magazines and memorabilia, I finally got an opportunity of watching Arsenal in action, at home turf! And with that, I could sing the song above (and so many more) with about 60,000 other gunners from all over the world. No more singing alone (yup, I sing even when I’m watching matches alone).

Since it was my first visit, I included the stadium matchday tour. I must say, I felt like a star struck teenager. I wanted to take photo of every image I could see and buy almost every other memorabilia. I must say, it took a while for my age and wisdom to take over!

I told my wife, “Nketiah will score for us, just like he did in the International Champions Cup @ the Singapore Sports Hub, back in 2018!”

And boy was I on cloud nine when the Eddie indeed scored! I hope that gives him the lift he needs, to fulfill what he is fully capable of. You can say, I’ve a soft spot for him. 

I was also glad to catch a glimpse of King Henry and Messiah Wenger walking to the terraces. And I also loved the opportunity of singing “One Arsene Wenger” to the man himself, while he’s physically present at the stadium.

The manner in which the gooners silenced the visiting supporters (lotsa friendly banter, no love lost i guess) was also a sight to behold. There seems to be a young gunner movement – Ashburton Brigade or something like that. They were full of singing & drumming & rousing the crowd, from pre match right up to post! I did wish it was “Sp*rs” though! Haha, greedy me.

All in all, it was an awesome experience. Thank you, to Dhanesh, Connie and everyone else from Arsenal Singapore Club for making this dream come true. The fact that this coincided with my honeymoon makes it even sweeter. Hope the live matches doesn’t end here, my pocket and my ministry of home affairs willing 

Regardless of our final position end of the season, I’m gonna savour the memory of boxing day 2022, for many years to come 

Featured Members’ Trips to The Arsenal – Dhanesh

Our exco member Dhanesh sends his match report for festive games against West Ham and Newcastle!

All roads lead to London. To North London. To The Arsenal.

After waiting for nearly 4 years, I was thrilled to be back to catch The Arsenal live in action. My last trip to Emirates Stadium was in February 2019. So I wasted no time in booking my trip to catch us playing against West Ham and Newcastle over Boxing Day and New Year’s festive period.

Both matches were played at night time in the cold, wet weather. As usual, taking the tube on the Piccadilly line starts the journey to Holloway Road and Arsenal tube stations. I was wondering how would the World Cup break affect our momentum but once the match started against West Ham, the buzz inside the stadium allayed my fears. I must say the boisterous crowd was absolutely on point and gave the boys the push they needed to secure the 3-1 win. You could say the Gunners simply hammered them with such a convincing all-round display. 3 points secured!

Truthfully when I first booked my trip, I thought playing Newcastle would be “easier” for us. But true to recent form, Newcastle were a hard team to beat and I was even more nervous before this game. We huffed and puffed but couldn’t break the Toon Army defence, despite dodgy refereeing and dodgy “play-acting” by their players. Only secured a draw and couldn’t get the win we needed but we’re still top of the league eh? 

We’re not even halfway through the season yet and it’s a looooong way to go. I know Gooners everywhere are optimistic but I suppose it’s in our own hands to chart our path to success in May. I’m just glad I was there to see Mikel Arteta’s Red and White Army in action and I left London with a big smile! COYG!!!

Thanks to Arsenal Singapore for securing the match tickets and good to see a few fellow Singapore Gooners at the stadium as well. Gooners on the road!