Arsenal Football Club is urging its fans to arrive early for Saturday's game against Manchester City as the Club continues to commemorate its final season at Highbury by celebrating one of our finest managers - on his birthday!

The Club will also mark Thierry Henry's achievement of becoming Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer after netting his 186th goal against Sparta Prague in the Champions League game on Tuesday night.

Wenger Day, a celebration of Arsène Wenger, one of the greatest managers to have graced Arsenal Stadium over its 93-year history, was met with enthusiasm from supporters who voted for the event from a shortlist of themed matchdays in the programme and through

Supporters will be invited to participate in a number of initiatives to commemorate a special day in the Club's calendar including singing Happy Birthday to the Frenchman and waving flags to celebrate the Club's 'Final Salute' and the sixth themed matchday of the season.

Catering offers such as free French Fries crisps with every hot dog bought at the Club's catering outlets will be running and the traditional peanut seller is now offering chocolate and sweets in the stands before kick-off.

Wenger said: "It's a great honour the fans voted to celebrate my time with the Club, and most importantly at Highbury, by themeing one of the final matchdays at the stadium, Wenger Day.

"The Club has a rich history to commemorate in our final months here and I'm proud to be a part of that. Of course, it's great to celebrate this special matchday on my birthday too!  I hope we get a good result on the pitch to round off a very special day."

Attending Saturday's event will be Arsenal Gold Member, Mark Brindle, who said:  "I think it's a great way to celebrate the finest manager Highbury has ever seen! I wish him a very Happy Birthday - he deserves a great day and a great result.

"The themed matchdays have been excellent so far this season, the memories they stir at each game will only help to build the atmosphere to the crescendo the old ground deserves at the end of the season. I hope and believe that the Club will have a season worthy of our great stadium."

At half-time the celebrations will continue and fans can be in with a chance of wining some limited edition O2 goodies and special edition Wenger Day T-shirts. Supporters will also be prompted to refer to the back of their matchday programme to view the half-time scores of other teams playing in the Premiership on the old-fashioned scoreboard.

Supporters are invited to record their memories of Highbury on film and in special leather bound books around the stadium to capture an important moment in time from the Club's history.

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22 Oct 2005