Tuesday, 11 October 2011


Thierry Henry (left), Ashley Cole and Kanu celebrate Arsenal's second

A game that I remember with great fondness was the Highbury match between Arsenal and West Ham in April 2002. I took a friend to what was her first ever Arsenal match and because of this we did the pre game ritual. As on this occasion, we had seats in The Clock End; to which I was unaccustomed, we went to The Highbury Barn for the pre match drink. The Clock End was as boisterous as ever and during this tough game i heard a song for the first time; that song, the Freddie song. It was glorious. And, as if in answer Freddie stepped up and did the business.

That song

The fact that Kanoute had scored for The Hammers, only to have it wrongly ruled out did little to temper the cheers at the final whistle nor did the fact that West ham had put up a commendable battle. The Arsenal were on a roll to inevitable glory and this victory was another rung up the ladder of success. This was our tenth league win in a row and everyone felt that night that we would prevail; which we did securing our third double

This was Freddie’s night with the first goal late in the game and the vital pass for Kanu to secure the victory. Freddie's form during the run in was vital and his goals were key to our success.  that season goals against Liverpool, Man Utd, Sp*rs and Chelsea where crucial in securing the double. That song and that player will always bring back fond memories.


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