1. It is for charity. Most importantly, The Arsenal Legends day is to raise money for The Arsenal Foundation. The Arsenal Foundation was launched in May 2012 and since then has committed more than £1million to support a range of community and charitable projects in the UK and overseas, including those of the Club’s official charity partners Save the Children and Willow Foundation.
2. Take the kids. In an era where football is so expensive, the Legends match will be a brilliant day to take the family. Tickets ranging from £10 – £15 for adults & £5 – £7.50 for children.
3. The Arsenal Legends. The likes of Thierry Henry & Dennis Bergkamp might have pulled out, but the full squad is still full of double winners & invincible’s and Anders Limpar. Jens Lehmann, David Seaman, Martin Keown, Marc Overmars, Ray Parlour, Emmanuel Petit, Pascal Cygan, Gilberto, Nigel Winterburn, Kolo Toure, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg, Sylvain Wiltord, Anders Limpar, Gilles Grimandi and Kanu.
4. AC Milan Legends. The Milan Glorie squad is equally is talented. With some of the all-time greats set to appear. The likes of Dida, Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Marcel Desailly and more.
5. International break. It’s boring. The season has barely started and we already have an international break. It’s a bit of a joke really. The Arsenal Legends match will be the biggest and best match of the weekend.
6. Dennis Bergkamp’s Testimonial. Today’s game reminds me of Bergkamp’s testimonial when the season first opened. An Arsenal Legends v Ajax Legends. The atmosphere was class. The game a brilliant sceptical. Today will hopefully be the same.
7. The kids. I have already touched on this, but today will be brilliant for the kids. A chance to see what all the fuss was about. The stories about players their Dad tells them about will come true. It is a pity there is no Bergkamp or Henry (or Wright), but who exciting will it be to watch Kanu’s tricks, Overmars down the wing and Crazy Jens in goal? The kids are going to love it.
8. Against Modern Football. Ticket prices aside, modern football is a bit shit. And Arsenal are poorly treated by the club. This is a chance to return to yesteryear. I see a lot of people online who no longer go week in, week out, with tickets for this game.
9. Weather. It’s a beautiful day today. A day made for drinking with your pals. Watching a bit of football. And then some more drinking with your pals.
10. The future. If today go’s well, we might see The Arsenal Legends match become a regular fixture on the calendar. I can see yearly games against the Real Madrid Galacticos, Barcelona Legends, Juventus & Bayern Munich. The good and the great of legendary European sides (and beyond, a Brazil Legends side?) coming to Arsenal’s stadium in a yearly basis for a great day out and to raise money for charity.
For all those going, whether it is with your kids or with pals who have long stopped going, or your regular match day pals, enjoy the day.