I thought I try something different during this international break and give all readers a chance to share their memories with each other. The question is simple, what has been your favourite match day experience? It could be historic such as a Cup Final or have a meaning for a reason personal to you. If you have never been able to see the Gunners up close change the question, simply to the best game you have watched on TV. There is no right, or wrong answers so be friendly in the comments. If you don’t want to participate click on the next topic.
I am a red member at Arsenal, giving me the least priority for tickets. Due to finances and where I live, my trips to the Emirates average once a month. I have been lucky to be able to tell my grandchildren one day that I followed the gunners at Wembley. My choice though is a simple FA Cup third round tie.
It has nothing to do with Leeds United being the visitors and in fact the majority of the evening was a poor spectacle. At the time I was going through a difficult phase in my life. Football has an incredible ability to be an escape and comfort. Never was that more evidenced then this fixture. The selling point was the hope I might see Thierry Henry in the red and white one more time. This was not guaranteed. He had just returned on a short-term loan from America and wasn’t 100 per cent fit.
Our stadium has often been judged for its lack of atmosphere. So, you could notice something different when our greatest goal scorer started to warm up. 60 000 were sharing in the nostalgia. Minutes later, he cut in from the left, just like in his prime, to finish the fairy-tale. In that one moment, just for a few seconds, all my troubles left my mind, I was caught up in the moment. Escapism at its best.
Only sport has the power to do that, it’s hard to put into words, you either get it or you don’t. Don’t get me wrong I seen better classics in terms of the quality of an hour and a half entertainment, but it proved such a powerful moment.
It still has that magic when I watch it back on YouTube.
What game was your favourite?