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 

Arsenal Singapore Newsletter, 13 January 2023

Good day Gooners!
A couple of exciting updates for you guys this week!
Win a signed Arsenal 2021/2022 away kit
Take part in our lucky draw contest, to win the top prize of a framed, beautiful and signed Arsenal 2021/2022 away jersey (as per attached below), with a certificate of authenticity from Arsenal Football Club. The contest runs from 16 Jan 2023 and ends on 16 May 2023. You have 4 months to take part, to win this exclusive jersey. 

To participate, a member has to spend a minimum of $30 (can combine receipt – same date) at #WTF on match days. $30 gives you one coupon for submission into the lucky draw pot. The receipt must be attached to the coupon for the submission. For example, if you spend $60, you will get 2 entries for the lucky draw. This will give you more chances of winning the grand prize. The coupons will be provided by WTF staff on request. 
Arsenal Singapore Lunar New Year Party 2023
We are organising our first ever CNY party for our members, to be held on 4 February 2023 at 6pm at #WTF. There’ll be a free buffet, games, etc and the first 150 members to arrive will receive a special CNY gift and be automatically entered into a lucky draw to win prizes which includes signed merchandise, Weston products, vouchers, etc.  
There is no reservation for the event and it is on a first-come-first-served basis. The event is only for official members of the club and non-members are allowed entry after 8 pm, if the venue capacity allows it. 
So, save the date and we will see you on 4 Feb 2023!
Sp*ds vs Arsenal Monday 16 January 2023 12.30am LIVE at WTF

We will be having our first live screening of the new year this weekend, Monday morning (Sunday night) 1230am at WTF Indochine 49 Club Street. One of the most important games of our season. Getting back to winning ways after the draw against Newcastle is so important for our title challenge, getting one over the Sp*ds would make it so much sweeter. So do join us this weekend, with every $30 spent, will give you 1 chance to participate in the lucky draw to win the signed jersey as per attached.
#CHAMPION120 Hong Bao Fundraiser for Children’s Aid Society

A message from the chosen charity partner of Arsenal Singapore, if you’re able and willing, I’m sure Children’s Aid Society will be grateful for your help and donation. With the Lunar New Year on the horizon, Children’s Aid Society (CAS) launched the #CHAMPION120 Hong Bao Fundraiser from 07 Jan to 05 Feb 2023. The #CHAMPION120 Hong Bao Fundraiser aims to raise funds and to promote the act of compassion, sharing, and inclusivity. During this festive period, we would like to request you make a generous donation to support our fundraiser and bring joy to the 48 children and youth aged between 6-21 years old living in Melrose Home. Funds raised will go towards supporting these children and youth in various areas such as psychotherapies, counselling, education, and daily living expenses.
Every donation of $10 and above is eligible for a 250% tax deduction. We hope to raise over $30,000 by 05 Feb 2023. Donating is a way of reaching out a helping hand. You can be a part of an effort to support children and youth experiencing adverse family circumstances. You may donate via the following channels:

1. #CHAMPION120 Hong Bao Fundraiser campaign page on NCSS approved online crowdfunding platform Giving.SG https://s.giving.sg/ZjUTkdi.

2. PayNow to CAS UEN S62SS0031K or CAS QR Code. Please enter HONG BAO in the UEN/Bill Reference No. field.

3. Cheque
– Crossed and made payable to CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY | 35 BOON LAY AVENUE, SINGAPORE 649962.
– Please indicate donor full name, NRIC/FIN/UEN, contact number, and HONG BAO at the back of the cheque
Come on you Gunners!
Arsenal Singapore

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!