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Farewell to Highbury

Story Highlights
  • Arsenal farewell to Highbury
  • Final Champions League spot
  • Thierry Henry Highbury celebration
  • West Ham vs Spurs match
  • Captain Henry hat-trick
  • End of an era Arsenal

On this monumental day in history, Arsenal bid a fond farewell to Highbury, their spiritual home of 93 years. The departure was spectacular, characterized by unending drama and high tension.

The Gunners secured the fourth and final Champions League spot with a dramatic 4-2 victory over Wigan Athletic, snatching it away from arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

“My celebration said it all. I kissed the ground goodbye. Highbury is just a special place.” – Thierry Henry.

The day was off to a promising start, with Robert Pires putting Arsène Wenger’s side ahead. But Wigan, the season’s surprise package, were not going down without a fight, netting two goals from Paul Scharner and David Thompson. The home crowd was silenced, anxiously listening to updates from the West Ham vs Spurs match.

Just as Spurs managed to level the score at their game, so did Arsenal. Thierry Henry slotted home an equalizer. More good news followed as Teddy Sheringham from West Ham missed a penalty. Henry capitalized on a Thompson error shortly after, pushing Arsenal back into the lead.

With 14 minutes remaining, the captain scored his hat-trick from the penalty spot and kissed the Highbury turf in celebration. The crowd echoed this joy when news of West Ham’s second goal came through.

The match’s final minutes were a blur of joy, excitement, tension, and fear. When the final whistle blew, it signified the end of an era. The 2010th and final game at Arsenal’s excellent old ground had produced one last, treasurable memory.

“My celebration said it all,” Henry said afterward. “I kissed the ground goodbye. Highbury is just a special place.”

His words resonated with Arsenal fans around the globe. This was indeed a particular place and a day to remember.

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