By Richard Clarke
The end is nigh for Highbury.
The West Brom game at the weekend was the last Saturday 3 o'clock fixture for the famous old stadium and, on Wednesday, it will host its final European tie.
Anderlecht, Dinamo Bacau, Juventus, Magdeburg, Spartak Moscow, Real Madrid, Red Star Belgrade, Benfica, Winterslag, Torino, Paris St German, Lazio, Inter, Roma and Lokomotiv Leipzig are just some of the names to conjure with when harking back to our Continental conquests at Highbury. Some of the teams, and indeed the competition they played in, do not exist anymore.
But, on Wednesday, Arsène Wenger is looking to concluded 43 years of history on a high.
"Now it is getting close to the end," he said. "Every time I walk in there I feel that there are not many more matches to come.
"I feel part of my soul is in this stadium because many of the biggest moments of my sports career have been there. It will be something special because this stadium has a special soul and to lose it one day will be sad.
"I feel it will help us [on Wednesday] because it is a special occasion. We want to be proud of that and we want this game to be remembered as the last European night for the Club at Highbury."
* For the record, the first European tie at Highbury was against Danish side Staevnet on October 22, 1963 in front of 13,569 in the Inter-city Fairs Cup. Goals from Alan Skirton and John Barnwell could not prevent a 3-2 defeat but a 7-1 victory in the first leg meant it did not matter.
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