Featured Members’ Trips to The Arsenal – Md Matin

Our member Md Matin shares his visit to The Arsenal to watch the team take on Nottingham Forest and FC Zurich

Being an Arsenal fan my entire life, watching a live match at the Emirates has been an item on my bucket list for the longest time.To finally see the Arsenal play at our home ground is an experience I will never forget.From the moment you step onto Holloway Road, you can feel the radiant matchday atmosphere permeating through the gloomy London weather. Just seeing other fellow Gooners coming out of the London Tube with you gives you even more hype for the game! The streets and area surrounding the stadium is packed with fans of all races, young and old, every single one glowing with optimism. After some rough moments in the past few years, this is truly a welcome sight.

I was given tickets in the upper tier for both games, one in the West Stand for the Forest game and in the Clock End for the Zurich game. One would think the view from our seats is rather far, but honestly it’s not too bad! The Arsenal stewards are also very friendly in helping to guide you to your seats if you are lost. A friendly tip : If you turn up early for the game & the stadium is still empty, you can try and take photos in the lower tier which are closer to the pitch! The stewards are more than happy to allow you in & to help take photos of you! The facilities are also very clean, especially the toilets. You can buy food and drinks at one of the many stalls that are located all around the stadium. Furthermore, there are many murals, posters and statues that decorate the many aspects of Arsenal history both inside and outside the stadium.

About an hour before kickoff, the crowd starts to filter in & the players start to come out to warm up. That feeling when you see your favorite players with your own eyes, one could almost cry. But when kickoff starts, the roar emanating from the North Bank to the Clock End is just palpable. I cannot emphasize this enough: Try and learn the many Arsenal chants to value-add to your experience. The home fans are relentless in their singing, and whatever we see and hear on the TV screen, is amped up many fold in real life. I personally sang along to the Saliba chant and the “We’ve got Super Mik Arteta!” one until I lost my voice! But it was worth it, to be able to contribute in some small, tangible way to show support to the team I love.

Seeing Arsenal beat Forest 5-0 was a huge bonus, especially after seeing Saka limp off so early in the 1st half. Martinelli’s movement for our first goal in tandem with Gabriel Jesus’ pressing is a sight to behold, you can tell the opposition is bamboozled because they truly don’t know how to handle our front three! Reiss Nelson was surprisingly good as Saka’s deputy, and I was personally happy for him with his two goals and assist! Hopefully he can continue to chip in for us whenever called upon. William Saliba is the real deal, and a true Rolls Royce in the centre of defence. He looks much more intimidating in real life, and didn’t allow Awoniyi a sniff at goal despite the latter’s pace. A potential GOAT at only 21 years of age.Tomiyasu and Ben White were exemplary as usual, whilst Xhaka, Odegaard and Partey marshaled the midfield with ease. My favorite goal has to be from our No.5, it was a carbon copy of the one he scored in the North London Derby!  From back to front, everyone is playing so well and seeing the entire team exerting an aura of confidence in their football makes it so captivating to watch them.

The Zurich game was not as fluid, with many changes to our starting eleven. The Zurich fans were intimidating , especially as they were directly below us. You could hear their chanting and singing all game. Arsenal honestly should have killed the game off in the first half but were very unlucky with their chances. The ref did not help matters by not calling fouls on the Arsenal players. Tierney even had his shirt ripped off! But thankfully his thumping volley was enough to win us the game and help us finish top in our group, therefore avoiding the Champions League dropouts in the next round.

Overall, this experience has been truly breathtaking. I definitely want to see the Arsenal play again. I would like to end off by thanking Arsenal Singapore, and in particular Dhanesh, for making all of this possible by facilitating the ticket purchase process so easy for me. For anyone who’s considering getting matchday tickets, please consider enquiring them! You will not regret it.

Featured Members’ Trips to The Arsenal – Jonathan

Our member Jonathan shares his visit to The Arsenal to watch the team take on Bodo/Glimt and Liverpool

My very first trip to London brought with it much excitement, having secured tickets via ASC to both our home games against Bodo Glimt and Liverpool. I was fortunate to get a seat in the upper tier at the Clock End above the corner flag and the away team supporters, with a pretty good view overlooking the entire pitch. The match atmosphere was terrific, possibly the best it’s been at the Emirates since its opening and the connection between players and fans was evident on numerous occasions throughout the match. But of course, the trip wouldn’t have been truly memorable without the big, elusive W against Liverpool, which the Gunners duly delivered. I felt so privileged to have been part of our 12th man roaring us on to a statement win against our rivals and sending us back to the top of the league! COYG!!! 

Featured Members’ Trips to The Arsenal – Edward Ta

With the superb efforts of Arsenal Singapore Supporters Club team, I managed to get a ticket to the North London Derby (Arsenal v Spuds) on the 1 Oct 2022.  I was glad to have applied more than 2 months prior to the event and finally I am going to my first North London Derby (NLD).

I arrived at the Emirates Stadium at 10.30, one and a half hour prior to the kick-off. As I was walking in toward the stadium, I was greeted by a sea of red Arsenal T-shirts supporters making their way in.

Most international Arsenal supporters are given tickets to the Clockend part of Emirates Stadium (South entrance).

Entrance to the stadium was very convenient – simply scan a soft copy of the QR code of the electronic ticket.  With a stadium at full capacity today with over 60,000 fans, technology really helped smoothen the human traffic flow.

As I approach the refreshment area within the stadium, Arsenal supporters (Gooners) were chanting and singing songs in support of the Gunners. The game is not due to start in 1 hour and 15 minutes but the fans were already practicing in the foyer.

After a quick meal of hotdog washed down with Camden Hells Lager, I took my seat to watch the Gunners warm up. The fans greeted the arrival of the Gunners with wild cheers and the Spuds were jeered upon entrance as per the tradition of NLD.

Fans were streaming in with 15 minutes to the start of the game and the chants and singing were in full swing.

At kick-off, the stadium was rocking with over 60,000 singing fans.

The fans were creating an unreal atmosphere at the Emirates which must be experienced life by a Gooner to sense the energy and passion.  The Gunners rewarded the fans with an early goal against Spuds at the 20th minute – Thomas Partey finally scored with a long distance kick outside the penalty box which hit the top right corner of the goal. The stadium erupted with much cheers and more singings.

Spuds came back with an equalizer 11 minutes later with the game going 1 – 1 at half time.  It is amazing to see all Arsenal supporters getting behind Gabriel Magalhaes by cheering him on to make amend and to fight on.  Atmosphere at the Emirates is so electric and it is amazing to see the fans truly behind the players, manager, staffs and the management. It wasn’t too long ago when the atmosphere was not only bad but toxic.  It is fun again to be a Gooners!  

Within 4 minutes from the start of the second half, Arsenal’s striker (Gabriel Jesus) poached the ball from Lloris (Spud) and put Arsenal infront at 2 – 1.  At the 62th minute, Gooners jeered and wave good-byes to Merson for his red-carded foul on Martinelli.  With the restart, it is clear the Spuds will not come back.  Five minutes later, Granit Xhaka scored with a powerful left foot which got Lloris stumped with no response making it 3-1. At this point, the game is over and the Gunners see the game out by controlling the ball leaving no chance for the Spud to response. 

It is clear to everyone the colour of North London…..