Gunners' Day Out

by Kee Soon December. 12, 2011 19181 views

Gunners superman: A fan draped in an Arsenal flag (left).

Foreign legions: A giant banner unfurled by Arsenal supporters from Indonesia. One could be forgiven to think that this was in Jakarta.

Sharp shooters: A battalion of press photgraphers armed with telephoto lens mounted on monopod.

Pass-sport: Close up of an official photographer's ID tag.

Eagle eyes: Men in blue keeping watch during the match. Arsenal supporters in London enjoy a good relationship with the city's Metropolitan Police.

Capturing the moments: An official Arsenal cameraman.

Stress-free: (From second left) Theo Walcott and Vito Mannone taking a stroll on the field before the match.

Le professor: One of the burning questions of the age - is manager Arsene Wenger's to be blamed for Arsenal's trophiless run since the English F.A. Cup in 2005.

The chief and the boss: Wenger sharing a light moment with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis. The former has been told by Gazidis to end the club's six-year trophy drought or….

A policy in doubt: Should Arsenal continue to groom young players only to be bought off by other big clubs?

Global support: Gunners from different nationalities obliging for the camera. Arsenal's global fanbase have been estimated at 27 million, the third largest in the world

Full house: A view from the front of the grandstand.

Jurassic trivia: Every Gunners must have asked why do Arsenal have a dinosaur as their mascot?

According to Yahoo Answers - They first got a mascot when all the kids were into dinosaurs, about nine or ten years ago. They chose it for their Junior Gunners but probably didn't take into consideration that dinosurs wouldn't stay popular for long. They can't really change it now as the marketing side does very well out of Gunnersaurus. I think it's quite a cute. It's slow and a bit clumsy, a bit like the goalkeepers. the only downside is it can run very fast so will never win the annual mascot race. A bit like the team and the Premiership.

Terrific optics: A member of the Arsenal media with what is most likely an AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR Lens and Nikon D3s body.

The deputy: Assistant manager Pat Rice. As a player he made over 400 appearances for Arsenal.

Keeping the fans glued: Astro SuperSport presenter Jay Menon of FourFourTwo fame providing updates on the match.

Cash cows: Broacasting revenues contributed £86.5m (€105.7m) to Arsenal in 2009/10 or 38% of its revenue. The Gunners ranked second highest among English clubs in the Deloitte Football Money League 2011. No prizes for guessing which club is first.

Beyond genders: Besides making better drivers, women are now the better, more knowledgeable football fans too.

Never be anyone else but you: All Arsenal fans will agree life is never the same since Thierry Henry left. The four-time Premier League top scorer netter 226 goals in 364 appearances for the Gunners.

Football rythm: Fans doing the Mexican wave. Still waiting for Choong's (brothers and sisters, you know what I mean).

I'm willing to keep Samir (Nasri) for another year, even if I risk losing him for nothing when his deal expires next season. - Arsene Wenger

Blowing out loud: A fan blowing a vuvuzela horn, first made famous during the South African World Cup.

Notable fan: Star Publications Malaysia group chief editor and executive director Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, an ardent Gunners, among the more than 50,000 present on the night.

Floodgate opens: The first of four goals, struck just after five minutes.

On the prowl: Winger (for now) Theo Walcott attempting to lob the Malaysian keeper as Aaron Ramsey closed in.

Down and out: Fans booed as paramedics attend to an injured Malaysian player. For a moment the Malaysian players seemed to be as fragile as ‘keropok’ (crackers).

Rare sight: Wenger's red tie was conspicously missing as he gave out instruction from the sidelines.

“I hope I can contribute to the team. I just want to work hard to do my best,” - Arsenal's new 18-year-old Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi, seen here evading a tackle from Malaysia's Mahali Jasuli.

French hopeful: Marouane Chamakh, seen here with Malaysia's Aidil Zafuan. Chamakh's 13 goals in the French League in 2008–09 helped FC Bordeaux win the title. Will the 27-year-old do the same for Arsenal?

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