The Lanson/ Player of the Month for December, as voted for by users of the Club's official website is Jose Antonio Reyes - congratulations Jose! user Elaine Crowsley has been selected to present Jose with his Award before the match tonight.

Thierry Henry's two goals against Portsmouth in our last fixture here at Highbury moved him up to 147 league goals for the Club - just three away from Cliff Bastin's all-time record of 150 league goals. Overall Thierry now has 194 goals to his name for the Gunners - closing in on 200. Thierry has now moved into fifth place in the Premiership's all-time goalscoring charts and sits just two goals behind Les Ferdinand who is in fourth place on 149 goals. The Frenchman then has third placed Robbie Fowler in his sights who is on 153 goals but he still has some way to catch second place Andy Cole (184) and Alan Shearer who tops the list on 254 .

Dennis Bergkamp's goal against Portsmouth was his 200th league strike in his professional career with Arsenal, Inter Milan and Ajax. Read the latest from the Dutch master on pages 12-15 of this evening's issue.

Goalkeeper Graham Stack signed a permanent deal with Championship side Reading on January 1 for an undisclosed fee, following his loan period with the Royals this season. Stack (24) made five first team appearances for Arsenal, helping the Gunners to semi-finals of the Carling Cup in 2003/04. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international spent last season on loan at Millwall, making a total of 30 appearances for the south London club and he also enjoyed a successful season-long loan with Belgian club Beveren in 2002/03. Stack joined Arsenal as a trainee in 1998 and was an ever-present in the Club's FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 1999/2000. Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Graham the best of luck for the future.

Arsenal Ladies and England star Rachel Yankey was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for her services to women's football. The 26 year-old was thrilled, if somewhat surprised, to receive the honour: "It was such a shock," said Rachel, "I received a letter telling me that I had been listed for the honour and to be honest I thought it was a joke! "It's amazing to have my name alongside some of the great sporting personalities, like England's cricketers and Sebastian Coe among others. "It's also fantastic recognition for the women's game, whether it was me or someone else, it highlights the way the game is moving forward all the time and the great work that's being done." Rachel will be heading down to Buckingham Palace to pick-up her 'Member of the British Empire' in the near future. Congratulations Rachel!

Gunners fan Jon Baron has undertaken a number of challenges in an effort to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, including a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2004. But his latest attempt to raise much needed funds was his toughest challenge yet as he attempted to scale  the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi in Ecuador which stands at 5,897m (19,347 ft). We are happy to report that Jon made it to the summit at 6.45am on Saturday, December 10.

Jon reports: "The climb was much more difficult than I imagined and we had to negotiate 60Þ glacier slopes, two metre and four metre wide crevasses and an ice cliff to reach the summit.

"The ascent took six hours, with 45 minutes spent admiring the fantastic views at the top before the three hour descent. "There were two or three moments on this climb when I did not think I could continue, but I pushed on by thinking how my success will help teenagers with cancer. Also I wanted a photo with my special Arsenal shirt at the summit! "The support for this challenge has been fantastic and I should raise about £8,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. "Thank you again to Arsenal for the publicity to raise awareness for TCT and for the signed shirt and ball that you donate each year for my charity auction." Congratulations Jon on your superb efforts to raise funds for such a worthy cause. If you would like to know more about the Teenage Cancer Trust, visit their website at:

Two first-team fixtures have recently been rearranged for television. Arsenal v Liverpool, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 11 will now be played on:

Sunday, March 12, 2006
Kick Off: 4pm
Live on SKY TV

Portsmouth v Arsenal at Fratton Park on Saturday, March 25 now has a later kick-off than the original 3pm. The match will now take place on:

Saturday, March 25, 2006
Kick Off: 5.15pm
Live on Pay Per View

Please note that, despite the early start, this match will not be televised live. The kick-off time is due to police advice.

Possible Replay:
If the fixture ends in a draw after 90 minutes, a replay will take place on:
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
At: Ninian Park
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The Arsenal Shop on Avenell Road will not be open after Saturday's FA Cup fixture against Cardiff City. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Piccadilly Line and District Line reduced services. We have been informed that track improvement works by Transport for London coincide with the home match against Middlesbrough on January 14, 2006. These works will result in some station closures and open sections operating a reduced service.
To minimise inconvenience or possible delays, the Club strongly advises that supporters use alternative routes and leave plenty of time for their journeys.

There will be no service operating on the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Hyde Park Corner. Services from all other stations will operate at reduced frequency. There will also be no service operating on the District Line between Earl's Court and Acton Town and Earls Court and Gunnersbury.

Travel options to Highbury
Supporters should consider the use of the Victoria Line to either Highbury & Islington or Finsbury Park stations, dependent on where you are coming from and where you sit in the stadium. If your seat is located towards the south of the stadium (Clock End), it is advised that you alight at Highbury & Islington station, approximately fifteen minutes walk to the stadium. If your seat is located towards the north of the stadium, it is advised that you alight at Finsbury Park station, approximately ten minutes walk to the stadium.

Supporters using the Northern line can travel to Archway and catch a bus down Holloway Road.
Regular WAGN mainline services also depart from King's Cross to Finsbury Park station, approximately ten minutes walk to the stadium.

Buses are a fast, convenient and high frequency option. Regular services take you within a short walk of the stadium and direct routes cover much of north and central London. Frequent buses serve the Highbury area directly from King's Cross, Camden, Crouch End, Archway, Hackney, Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Angel. The nearest bus stops to the stadium are located on Blackstock Road, Highbury Corner, Holloway Road and Finsbury Park.

Despite public transport disruptions, car parking restrictions around Arsenal Stadium remain and supporters are strongly advised to use public transport and not to travel by private car.

Arsenal Stadium is situated in a mainly residential area with an extensive Event Day Parking Scheme in operation. Only car owners with residents' permits will be allowed to park on-street in the designated areas and any cars parked illegally will be ticketed and may be towed away. Please refer to the Islington Council web site for further information:

Journey Planning
Before starting your journey, the Club advises that supporters check available travel options through or by telephone on 020 7222 1234. For further assistance, supporters may wish to refer to the 'Journey Planner' section on Please enter a journey starting point and 'Arsenal Football Club' as the final destination to receive information on your best route for travel.

For those traveling by train from outside of London, please check for any disruptions to your route by visiting or phone 08457 484950 (National Rail Enquiries)

The Club section of also contains relevant travel information.


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3 Jan 2006