Arsenal Comes To Town

by Kee Soon December. 11, 2011 12836 views

Loyalist: A Malaysian fan draped in the national flag outside the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

Protector or scourge of the public?: A seemingly high ranking traffic police corrdinating the movement of vehicles into the stadium's carpark. Many felt the police had really gone too far in its handling of the recent Bersih 2.0 rally with notable evidences of unwarranted aggresiveness and high handed manners.

Notable absentee: Captain Cesc fabrageas did not travel with the team to Malaysia due to injury.

Father and son: Burt (left) and Jordan walking towards the stadium.

Ready for a good show: Father and son about to walk past the turnstiles.

Undivided: Supporters displaying their loyalty for both club and country.

Show of support: A fan sporting an Arsenal bandana.

Business opportunity: One of the many street vendor selling football memorabilia outside the stadium.

Iconic: Aaron standing in front of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

More choices: Yet another group of football memorabilia sellers.

Sporting: A football fan obliging for the camera.

Pasar malam: Food stalls and souvenir shops provided some pre-match diversion for the fans.

Young Gunner: A father watches as a street artist applies facial paint to his son.

Son of a Gunner: An Arsenal fan with his baby and phone.

Red entrance: Aaron in front of the red turnstiles, one of the many gates at the stadium.

Security measure: Body check at the turnstiles.

Walking in: The turnstiles are equipped with numbering devices (right), not sure if they are in proper working condition though.

Peace watchers: Police and RELA personnel keeping a close eye for trouble.

Eye-opener: First ever glimpe of inside the stadium.

Nation's pride: Bukit Jalil National Stadium is a 87,411 capacity all-seater, multi-purpose stadium that was built in 1998 to host the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

A fan's wishlist: Too bad the roof over the Bukit Jalil National Stadium is not retractable.

Early birds: Rows of empty seats at the granstand which will soon be filled with reds and yellows.

Packed: A view of the opposing grandstand.

A Gunner's dream: For a moment I thought we were in Emirates Stadium, London.

Final check: Football Association Malaysia officials making sure that everything is ready for the big game. Mohd Yusof Mat Karim (not in picture), 41, a Malaysian on the Fifa international referees' match list, will officiate the match.

Risky money?: Some have criticised Arsenal's decision to tour Asia as China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand regarded as match-fixing capitals.

Killing time: A fan (left) passes time by taking photos.

It's just business: Fans sporting Arsenal jerseys emblazoned with the word ‘Emirates’. Sponsorship deal with Emirates Airlines enabled the club to build its new stadium, hence the name.

Never alone: Two lone Malaysian supporters at one of the upper terraces.

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