arsenal vs porto

Arsenal 2 – 0 Porto

I went to the Arsenal vs. Porto Champions League game on Tuesday (tickets courtesy of Mark; cheers mate!) at the spanking new Emirates Stadium. Our view (top) was similar to that of the game I managed to get to at the Bernabau in Madrid a few years ago (bottom), but dare I say we weren’t quite as close to the action (the seats in Spanish stadium sit almost vertically on top of one another).

As for the football, it felt all very ‘continental’ and refined — a little different from the standard fare I was brought up on at Ashton Gate. Considering there wasn’t a single English player on the pitch until the last 5 minutes that’s not really suprising though I suppose. Good game, but it’s just not the same emotional experience as going to see your own team play. For one, you can look at the game more objectively; Mark with his rose-tinted Arsenal glasses on was not impressed by some of my analysis…

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