1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the
case may be):
I was really excited about the trip because
going to ‘one of the big 4’ away is an
exciting prospect for most away fans. I wasn’t
expecting much on the pitch but I was looking
forward to seeing the stadium itself.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The journey was easy as we took an express
train to Euston and took the tube, we got lost
but it wasn’t my fault. Honest! However
getting off at Arsenal tube station (finally)
you will encounter a sea of red and white
merchandise being sold and from then, it’s
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We went to a busy pub opposite the stadium
itself which allows away fans. It could be
deemed intimidating for away fans as there is
a large number of home fans, but on this
occasions, there was a group of Bolton fans
that we joined.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
My first impression of the outside was ‘wow’.
It is really big and has a similar feel to
Wembley. When I reached my seat I realised it
was a padded seat which was a bonus! My
complaints are how close the two sets of fans
are to each other, just a narrow bar with a
small number of stewards occupied. This led to
unwanted banter between the fans. Also, the
stewards told you sit down frequently, which
can be irritating.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was a game of two halves, the
first was good but it all fell apart in the
second half, Robin van Persie scored his 100th
league goal and it finished 3-0 to Arsenal.
The atmosphere was great in the home ends,
Bolton didn’t bring a lot of travelling
supporters so it was subdued in the away end.
The stewards were helpful at the turnstiles,
helping fans with the ticket machine but got
irritating after telling us to sit down. I
didn’t test the pies because of how expensive
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
The tube station queue was massive after the
game, luckily we were staying over so we took
an over ground train, which was easier.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Great stadium, great atmosphere but poor