Flush with pride | Time stops ticking on Arsenal’s Clock End

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We did not have the audacity to try these gleaming commodes.

London | Having nipped rivals Tottenham Hotspur for a final Champions League spot on 7 May—on the same day they were honoring their Highbury ground of 93 years—Arsenal Football Club had reason to feel elation and melancholy. True, their last season at the north London stadium has seen their greatest achievements in Europe. They face Barcelona on Wednesday, May 17, with the winner at the Stade de France to lift the European Cup.

To acknowledge the end of this landmark—although the east façade will be preserved as part of a condominium conversion—we offer a Flash slide show, the result of a recent visit. Many touring the stadium this year must have felt something of what Arsí¨ne Wenger said before the final home match against Wigan Athletic: “[W]hen you walk out, there is no way back. It will be destroyed.”

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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  1. Brian says:

    There are very few of these gems left in the game. Or any other. Baseball stadia like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field feel even more special, the rarer they get.

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