As you might imagine, writing about this club for four years on an almost daily basis has created a fairly unique connection between myself and the club.
I’ve passionately argued with fellow supporters about whether Nicklas Bendtner will ever be good enough, written a very personal piece about my all-time footballer Freddie Ljungberg and received a couple of splendid tweets from the very lovely Johan Djourou.
I’ve spoken on the Arseblog Arsecast, designed and released Arsenal t-shirts, written match report after match report and on the way, found a tremendous community of fellow supporters who feel the connection with Arsenal in the same way that I do.
And so it is with great joy that I share with you some rather excellent personal news on the blog today.
Next Saturday Arsenal will host Blackburn in the Premier League. Nothing too special about that, you might think. Just another bread and butter Premier League fixture.
Except for me, it will be special. Very special indeed.
You see, after 13 years of supporting Arsenal and four years of writing the Arsenal FC Blog I will be watching our boys play live for the very first time.
How brilliant is that?!
Of course, I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I didn’t share with you my thoughts and feelings of this momentous trip with you.
But unlike a lot of my Football Nomad work (yes, I write another football blog!), where the handycam and camera are never too far away, I’m going to do my best to simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the experience myself and put them into words for you when I get back. You know, living in the moment and all that jazz.
As things stand my plan for the week is to leave Berlin on Thursday morning next week, hang out with my brother for a couple of days before participating in Arseblog‘s excellent 6-a-side football tournament on Saturday.
From there I’ll meet up with a couple of the lads, head to the game with the brother in the afternoon and let the madness unfold.
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