12/09/12 - Southampton ...
Proper football is back, and we play the team that many Arsenal legends have opened their goalscoring accounts against. Lets be vocal in our support for Olivier Giroud as he aims to join them.
Plenty going on to tell you about, starting with a new banner that should be in place at the North Bank end (replacing the "He Scores When He Wants" one). We had lots of good ideas from our Twitter followers, but went for something that's a long standing part of Arsenal fan culture. It looks a bit like this - http://twitpic.com/atkz7o - and thanks to @richcoe for the idea.
Meanwhile, The Rocket will be opening at midday, with things happening inside and outside, before and after the game. We will have Norwich vs West Ham on at 12:45, and Sunderland vs Liverpool at 5:30 - plus some Arsenal DVDs and Sky Sports News thrown in. For those that like beer, we will have Maldon Gold real ale (from the Maldon brewery in deepest Essex), at £3.30 a pint in the courtyard pre match. Post match, we have 4-pint jugs of Carlsberg for a tenner - gotta be the cheapest pint available anywhere in the area.
Talking of the courtyard, this was packed before the Sunderland game - and with the weather forecast looking OK again, it could be another busy one. We will have the usual food available, real ale, and a sound system with microphone - so if you want to get up and start a song, you'd be more than welcome. And talking of songs, this is the song of the moment - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAWIesWMtkY - lets be hearing it on Saturday!
Victory Through Harmony