Our next tour stop takes us to Tucson, Arizona to visit one of the newest additions to Arsenal's global web of support. There are already plenty of Arsenal fans in America's vast Southwest, but as branch manager Malena Barajas says, it's all about bringing them together.
"Southern Arizona Armoury is making progress toward more exposure in our community. We know the Arsenal supporters are out there. We want to bring them all together, so we collectively experience the joys - and even the heartache - of supporting the best team in the world."
Group Name: Southern Arizona Armoury
Location: Tucson, AZ
Year established: 2010
Number of active members: "We have 30 members. Usually we have 10-12 at a match. For big matches, we've have had 30 supporters and guests."
Where we watch matches: We have a new home! Playground Bar & Lounge 278 E. Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701. (520) 207-8201
Where our members hail from: "Mostly Tucsonans. But we have members from Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Texas and a new member from Sudan."
Group's favorite Arsenal moment: "Beating Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16 in ECL this past season. It was a nice morale boost for the team and the fans. The second leg, well, that's another story."
Why we are Gooners: "What else would we be? We love the game, and we love the way the Arsenal play it."
Why Americans should be Arsenal fans: "Americans should be Arsenal fans because Arsenal is a diverse club rich in history with a philosophy to win in style. Victory Through Harmony."
Want to learn more about the Southern Arizona Armoury? Check out this great video feature.Copyright 2013 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 21 Sep 2011