DOUBLES DAY OFFER
To celebrate tonight's 'Doubles Day' matchday theme, refreshment outlets inside the stadium will be featuring a special offer - buy a hot dog, get a Double Decker free!
WHERE DO YOU PARK?
New matchday parking restrictions will be in place from the Birmingham City match on Sunday, October 2. The Club would like to inform supporters that new matchday parking controls have been introduced by Islington Council in hundreds of local residential streets. On September 30, 2005 'Zone E' of the matchday parking scheme will come into force. These new controls will be in place for the next home game against Birmingham City on Sunday, October 2, 2005 and are in addition to existing match day parking controls in surrounding areas. If you are planning to use your car you will no longer be able to park around Highbury Fields, Holloway Road or Upper Street unless you are an Islington resident with the correct parking permit or you hold a legitimate Blue Badge.
A map showing the streets included in the new 'Zone E' can be found on Islington Council's website www.islington.gov.uk/matchdayparking. Please check this website to see which streets are included in 'Zone E' to avoid your vehicle being removed and receiving a fine from Sunday, October 2 onwards. It is recommended that you avoid travelling to Highbury, and Emirates Stadium in the future, by car. Please use the Transport for London journey planner to plan your journey to Highbury (www.tfl.gov.uk).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UNDERGROUND USERS
Piccadilly Line station closures and reduced services:
Birmingham City - Sunday, October 2, 2005
Manchester City - Saturday, October 22, 2005
We have been informed that track improvement works by Transport for London coincide with the home matches against Birmingham City on Sunday, October 2 and Manchester City on Saturday, October 22. These works will result in some Piccadilly Line 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.
Arsenal v Birmingham City - Sunday, October 2,
Station closures and reduced service. There will be no service operating on the Piccadilly Line between Cockfosters and Wood Green. Services to or from Wood Green to all other stations will operate at reduced frequency.
Arsenal v Manchester City - Saturday, October
Station closures and reduced service. 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. Spectators travelling from Acton Town are advised to transfer to the District Line then change to the Victoria Line at Victoria Station, travelling on to Highbury & Islington.
Travel options to Highbury:
London Underground and Mainline rail
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 15 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: www.islington.gov.uk
Before starting your journey, the Club advises that supporters check available travel options through www.tfl.gov.uk or by telephone on 020 7222 1234. For further assistance, supporters may wish to refer to the 'Journey Planner' section on www.tfl.gov.uk. Please enter a journey starting point and 'Arsenal Football Club' as the final destination to receive information on your best route for travel. The Club section of www.arsenal.com also contains relevant travel information.
BAG POLICY AT HIGHBURY
Supporters coming to Highbury are reminded at this time of heightened security, that all bags will be searched on entry to the stadium. Consequently, in order to minimise congestion and delays, the Club requests that fans only bring bags to the stadium if absolutely necessary. All supporters are asked to keep their possessions with them at all times. Failure to do so could lead to disruption and individuals being ejected from the stadium. Finally, the Club kindly asks that all supporters enter the stadium earlier than usual to guarantee access by kick off.
EVERTON SUPPORTERS CLUB MIDLAND AREA
ESC-MA is currently in its 30th season and arranges regular coach travel to Goodison Park for all Saturday and Sunday home games and to occasional away games. Coaches pick up at Coventry, Birmingham, the M6 Junctions near Walsall, Cannock and Stafford. We operate a membership scheme with regular newsletters and coach fares are very reasonable. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Mr Tom Lowe at 74 Brooklands Avenue, Great Wyrley, Walsall, WS6 6LG. Or telephone him on 01922 418346, or email to email@example.com.
Congratulations to Alexander Hleb, who was voted Arsenal.com Player of the Month for August by our official website. Alex will be presented with his award by user Tom Cullen before this evening's match.
DON HOWE TRIBUTE NIGHT
The 'double' winning team of 1971 are hosting a 'Don Howe Tribute Night' in order to honour a man who was so crucial in the Club's first 'double' success and of course many more triumphs for Arsenal over the years. The details for the event are as follows:
Don Howe Tribute Night - Gentlemen's
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2005
Time: 7.15pm for 8pm
Dress: Lounge Suits
Price: £100 per-head or £1,000 table for 10
Includes: Three-course meal, guest speakers, and comedy from Mike Osman
Venue: Mezzanine Suite, Highbury.
For more details tel: 01273 558174 or fax: 01273 549033
INS AND OUTS
Apart from Arsenal's high profile signing of Alex Hleb, there were a number of other movements in and out of the Club in the period up to the transfer window closure on August 31.
LOAN PLAYERS ... IN
The versatile young Cameroonian spent a trial period with the Gunners during their pre-season training camp in Austria, before signing on loan from Bastia. He will stay at Arsenal for the entire season.
Mart, the six-times Estonian Player of the Year, is on loan from Sunderland until January 1. He will challenge for a first-team berth with Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almunia.
LOAN PLAYERS... OUT
Among the last to leave during the transfer window was David, who spent last season on loan at Norwich City and will now spend the remainder of this campaign at Ewood Park with Mark Hughes' Blackburn Rovers.
Jeremie has joined West Ham on loan until the end of the season. The young French forward initially signed a season-long loan deal with Celtic but returned to London due to a lack of first-team opportunities.
Twenty year-old Justin Hoyte has joined Sunderland on loan until the end of the season. The speedy England Under-21 defender made eight first-team starts last term and 12 appearances in total. Justin's younger brother Gavin recently made his debut for Arsenal Academy's Under-18s.
Graham has joined Reading on loan with a view to a permanent move in January. The Hampstead-born goalkeeper spent last term on loan at Millwall, making 26 appearances and keeping nine clean sheets.
LEAVING FOR PASTURES NEW...
After five years with Arsenal, Sebastian has joined Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes. The Danish midfielder spent last season on loan at Brondby under the management of Michael Laudrup.
Jordan was released by Arsenal at the end of June. The midfielder is currently looking for a new club.
Frankie was released at the end of June. The 20 year-old defender had loan spells at QPR and Bournemouth during his time at Highbury. He has since joined Sheffield Wednesday in a permanent deal.
Olafur was handed a free transfer by Arsenal at the end of last season. The Icelandic midfielder will continue his career in London after joining Brentford on a two-year deal. Unfortunately for Olafur he suffered a season-ending cruciate ligament injury whilst playing for the Bees against Chesterfield earlier this season.
Adam has joined Mansfield Town following his release from Highbury. The Wales Under-21 striker spent part of last season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers.
Danny was also released at the end of last season. The American left-back spent time on loan at Ipswich Town last term and has secured a permanent deal with Championship side Burnley.
Goalkeeper Chris made a handful of appearances for Arsenal Reserves last season. He completed a move to Boston United in May and is currently number two to Nathan Abbey at York Street.
Nineteen year-old Stephen has moved north of the border to join Falkirk on a free transfer. He has been a regular in The Bairns' midfield so far this season.