Image credit: Jamie Alter
My first stop was Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal Football Club. Located in north London, Emirates Stadium is one kilometre from the hotel I’m staying at in Finsbury Park, so I walked it.
The stadium is grand. Crossing the Ken Friar Bridge, named after the managing director and secretary of Arsenal FC, one descends onto the esplanade outside the Emirates Stadium and can take in the club’s history via the images and text on the walls of the stadium and the surrounding perimeter.
A roster of Arsenal legends and star players down the year can be taken in, from Tony Adams and David O’Leary to David Seaman, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright and Steve Bould.
While exiting the merchandise shop, I overhear an Australian and his American friend discussing cricket. The Aussie man is trying to compare cricket with baseball, and the lady throws in the odd recognition of what he’s saying. Strikes, balls, wides, no-balls and foul tips are discussed.
The man tells the lady about Shane Warne, two last-wicket Test match wins, Perth Stadium and the IPL. I have a chuckle. Me, a cricket reporter, at a famous football stadium, overhearing an Aussie and an American discussing cricket.
I wonder what Arsene Wenger would think.