Watching The Arsenal around the World

September 25, 2018

LB was asking if Arsenal’s Caribou Cup game against Brentford is being shown on TV on Wednesday. Obviously on holiday in Spain, he knew that he could always join the Costa Blanca Arsenal Supporters Club as they’d usually have it on.

Anyway I had a quick look and the Arsenal Playa Flamenca Supporters Club have a website that, although not updated too regularly, does have the next Arsenal fixture and contact details. 🙂

And here they are pictured in full regalia…………….

This reminded me of when I was lucky enough to be in Kerala, India in February 2002 sat down having a meal in a bar/restaurant, when a cheer went up from the other side of the room. A TV was playing behind the bar and glancing over my shoulder, I could see some glorious red and white shirts on the distant screen. Moving swiftly over, I was just in time to see a replay of a rather spectacular Bobby Pires goal. This was soon followed by another beautifully constructed goal scored by Thierry Henry. I ended up staying for the whole game and being rewarded with a sublime Dennis chip near the end (though we threw away the clean sheet in typical Arsenal fashion a couple of minutes later – gnash, gnash, gnarl, effin typical 🙂 ).

Here’s a German clip of that game (ooops, it’s probably Dutch). The first goal is just amazing. That Vieira tackle would probably get a yellow card these days for him not being in full control (the opposition player would now leap in the air as if a scythe had chopped him off at the ankles while letting out a scream, even though he wasn’t even touched). Titi’s full circle run around Bobby to create space is amazing too.

The second goal is like poetry in motion – Pires plays a wonderful ball out of defence, the exchange between Dennis and Paddy in midfield just gorgeous, before the lay off to Wiltord and his cross to Henry in full flow.

The final goal – well just take a look – it’ll come eventually.

How lucky was I to catch such a great game while abroad!

Still furious about losing that clean sheet, mind. 🙂

chas