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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

My office is quite close to Arsenal's football ground, and in my lunch break I often like to wander around the outside of the Emirates Stadium which shows the history and heritage of the club. Although I have never particularly followed football (apart from national games), when I walk around the stadium I find myself being drawn in to the devotion of Arsenal's fans towards their club. On one visit, I watched as a young man on a bike cycled across the bridge from Drayton Park, went up to the statue of Herbert Chapman, then reached out and briefly placed a hand on the former manager before going on his way.

There really is quite a special feel about the place - perhaps one day I will find myself sitting inside watching a match.

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On the wall to the left is a pictorial depiction of Arsenal players and managers throughout the years. The statue on the right is Thierry Henry.

Thierry Henry: Played for Arsenal between 1999 & 2007, and was the captain
in his last two seasons.

Thierry Henry

The tiles in the foreground represent the devotion of named fans, living and dead.

Herbert Chapman, Arsenal Manager 1925-34.

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