July 22, 2006, is a watershed moment in the
history of Arsenal football club. It was this day when Arsenal’s new Emirates
Stadium was thrown open to 54,000 fans
for the very first time, It was the day of Dennis Bergkamp’s testimonial and
see off a club legend whilst ushering in a new era.
The project, which started with a dream of
pushing Arsenal to the level of the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and the
rest of the European elite, has been a rather bumpy ride with a few ups, many
downs and plenty of middles.
In a recent survey by football.london, fans
voted for their favourite moments at the Emirates:
The Best match
While there have been plenty of games at the
stadium that can be termed iconic, only one comes to mind when we saw the best
of Arsenal. It was 2011 Champions League when Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona came to
London and was beaten by Robin van Persie and Jack Wilshire performances.
Best individual moment
One moment stands above all the rest, with 50%
of the vote and that is of a bearded when Thierry Henry, perhaps lacking a yard or
two of his infamous electric pace, entered into an FA Cup third-round tie
against Leeds at 0-0 with 22 minutes left.
With 10 minutes ago, the Frenchman ghosted in
behind the defence, cushioned Alex Song’s pass and stroked the ball into the
far corner with a finish synonymous with the hundreds of goals he scored at
The Best Player
Is it Thierry Henry or Alexis Sanchez or even
Robin van Persie? No, it is former captain Cesc Febregas. Having joined as a
16-year-old from Barcelona, Fabregas stormed his way into the first team and
made the early years of the Emirates era his own.