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

Posted By John Turnbull On 12 May 2006 @ 23:49 In England,Regions | 1 Comment

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 [1], 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 [2]. It will be destroyed.”

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#1 Comment By Brian On 15 May 2006 @ 09:52

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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