THIERRY FINISHES FOURTH
Thierry Henry was voted fourth best player in the world for 2005 at the recent FIFA Gala. All national team managers and captains cast votes, with the Arsenal skipper gaining 11 first place votes, 34 second places and 15 thirds, for a total of 172 points. Ronaldinho won the coveted title, with Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto'o finishing in second and third places respectively. Thierry has proven himself to be consistently one of the best players in the world, as he also finished in second place in 2003 and 2004. 

CARLING CUP SEMI-FINAL DETAILS
The Gunners' narrow victory over Doncaster on penalties on Wednesday, December 21 has earned them a semi-final fixture with Wigan Athletic. The details for this two legged fixture are as follows:

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal
Carling Cup Semi-Final
First Leg
At: JJB Stadium
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Kick-off: 7.45pm

Arsenal v Wigan Athletic
Carling Cup Semi-Final
Second Leg
At: Highbury
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The format of the Carling Cup dictates that if the aggregate scores are level after 90 minutes of the second leg, 30 minutes of extra time will be played. Following extra time, if the scores are still level, the team who scored more away goals will progress to the Final. If the away goals tally is equal at this stage, penalty kicks will determine the winner.

The Final will be played at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, February 26, 2006. If Arsenal are successful in reaching their first League Cup Final since 1993, our away match at Blackburn scheduled for February 25 would be rearranged.

RE-ARRANGED RESERVE FIXTURES
Arsenal Reserves' home fixture against Ipswich Town, originally scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2006 has been rescheduled due to Barnet requiring their Underhill ground for first-team commitments. The date for the re-arranged game has yet to be confirmed.

In addition, due to Crystal Palace's first team commitments, our away Reserve fixture against them (originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 25) has been rearranged and will now be played as under:

Crystal Palace v Arsenal
At: Selhurst Park
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Kick Off: 7pm

FANS FORUM
A supporters forum took place prior to the Blackburn Rovers match when many different topics were discussed, including details of our final farewell to Highbury after the Wigan Premiership fixture. A full Forum report will appear in next Tuesday's Manchester United programme.

IT'S SNOW PROBLEM!
Highbury tasted its first snow of the winter yesterday with the playing surface covered for part of the day. Hard-working club photographer David Price was at the stadium to document the occasion, as of course were the groundstaff, who are ever-present at Highbury during the festive period and were on hand to deal with the inclement conditions and produce the magnificent surface that you see before you this evening.

ASHLEY DONATES BUS
On Monday, December 19 Gunners defender Ashley Cole was at Highbury to hand over the keys of a Variety Club Sunshine Coach to the children and staff of the Bridge School, Holloway, north London. After learning about the great work of the Variety Club, Ashley decided to buy a coach for Bridge School, which specialises in educating youngsters with autism, severe and complex communication difficulties. The school will use the bus to transport the children to a number of educational and social engagements.

"It was great to meet some of the pupils from Bridge School at Highbury," said Ashley. "I wanted to donate a Sunshine Coach to the school because this is such a fantastic and worthwhile cause that gives many children the chance to be involved in a wide-range of fun and informative experiences, something that can be taken for granted. I hope that the bus proves useful to Bridge School and its pupils for many years to come."

Anthony Harris, Chief Barker for the Variety Club said: "We are delighted to bestow upon Ashley the title of honorary Barker. Ashley's generous personal donation will help Variety Club to support more children in London and throughout the UK. As an honorary member of the Variety Club we hope to forge further links with Ashley Cole and Arsenal Football Club, so The Variety Club can continue to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children."

Milton Bevan, Project Manager from The Bridge School and receiving the keys said: "This new coach will have a real impact on the lives of the children.  We will be able to involve more pupils in school projects and increase the number of community activities. A big thank you to Ashley Cole for his generous donation."

Sunshine Coaches provide transport for children who would otherwise be unable to enjoy many of the experiences that other children take for granted. More than 4,500 have been made available throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland since the first Coach took to the road in 1962.

FA CUP HOSPITALITY - SPECIAL PACKAGE
Enjoy an afternoon of hospitality in the Mezzanine Suite as Arsenal take on Cardiff City in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday, January 7, 2006.

The Mezzanine package includes:

  • four course meal served with wines, beers and minerals
  • West Upper match ticket
  • matchday programme and gift
  • post-buffet and drinks.

The price for this superb package is only £150 + VAT per person. For full information on hospitality packages call 020 7704 4550 or visit www.arsenal.com/hospitality.

DID JIM FIX IT FOR YOU?
In 1981 Jim'll Fix It, the British Heart Foundation and Arsenal FC joined together to host a special match here at Highbury between Arsenal and youngsters who had all recovered from heart surgery. In this final season at Highbury we are trying to reunite as many people as possible from this unique event. If you were involved, please e-mail: lastseason@arsenal.co.uk or call 020 7704 4015.

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 28 Dec 2005