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Arsenal vs. Fenerbahce: A Visitor’s Guide to the Champions League Qualifying Second Leg
If you are one of the lucky devils that has tickets to Arsenal’s second leg home match against Fenerbahce, then you’re likely in for a good show. Arsenal won their first leg in Turkey 3-0, following a home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.
Arsenal’s players appeared rejuvenated in the opening leg, and look set to play with a level of freedom in the second leg that comes with the comfort of a 3-0 aggregate lead. However, this Arsenal side also has yet to win over the home support at the Emirates Stadium – and so any visitors to this match are likely to see an Arsenal side highly motivated to hit a cricket-score against their opponents from Istanbul.
If you’re visiting London or the Emirates for the first time, or you’re just looking for a brief guide to the area, then our Visitor’s Guide to the Champions League Qualifying Round Second Leg is a good place to start.
Nearby Hotels - These are the best and closest spots to the Emirates that are certainly worth checking out if you’re hoping for a stay near to the stadium. The Holiday Inn offers a number of money-saving packages, and the following are the best options if you’re looking for something with close proximity to the stadium, affordable prices, and most important of all – breakfast!
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury – www.hilondonbloomsburyhotel.co.uk – 15 minutes drive away
Crowne Plaza London The City – www.cplondoncityhotel.co.uk – 16 minutes drive away
Holiday Inn London Regents Park – www.hilondonregentsparkhotel.co.uk – 17 minutes drive away
Holiday Inn London Commercial Road – www.cplondoncityhotel.co.uk – 18 minutes drive away
Holiday Inn London Mayfair – www.hilondonmayfairhotel.co.uk – 22 minutes drive away
Holiday Inn London Brent Cross – www.hilondonbrentcrosshotel.co.uk – 23 minutes drive away
Crowne Plaza London Kensington – www.cplondonkensingtonhotel.co.uk – 27 minutes drive away
Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum – www.hikensingtonforumhotel.co.uk – 29 minutes drive away
Public Transport: All of the hotels listed above are within close distance to public transport like the Tube, and most are only a few stops away from the “Arsenal” train-stop. Certainly, in London, public transport is your best option for mobility.
“Arsenal” (Piccadilly Line) is the nearest tube station to the stadium, and is only about three minutes walk away from the Emirates. “Finsbury Park” (Victoria, Piccadilly Line and Great Northern Rail) and “Highbury and Islington” (Victoria, North London and Great Northern Rail lines) are about a 10-minute walk from the Emirates, and so the stations themselves should be less crowded.
Here is a map of a pedestrian route to the Emirates:
Arsenal Tourist Attractions:
Before making your way to the Emirates Stadium, why not stop at the Highbury tube stop and visit what remains of historic and iconic Highbury? Highbury was Arsenal’s home from 1913 to 2006, and has largely been converted to flats. The famous facade, however, remains – and is still an iconic symbol of Arsenal’s history.
Certainly worth a visit is The Arsenal Museum. It contains a huge amount of memorabilia and trophies, and even has iconic articles of clothing from historic moments such as Michael Thomas’ goal-scoring football boots from Anfield in 1989, and Charlie George’s FA Cup final kit top from the victory in 1971.
Outside of the club’s official “Armoury” store, is a small square decorated with stones that have been engraved with messages from fans (and players) from around the world. Armoury Square, as it is called, is a must visit for all die-hard Arsenal fans.