Sistine Chapel of Arsenal

The Gunners is a local pub that locates in Highbury, North London. We may call this place a mecca for Arsenal supporters having its name after the nickname of the club. The wide range of memorabilia on the wall tell us the long and honourable history of the club, and the legend and myth that fill the place come to life on a match day.


As soon as you walk into this celebrated public house, impressive are the paintings of the ceiling that represent Gunners' saints, no, actually they are the legendary stars. 'This place is the Sistine Chapel for Arsenal fans' says Andy the pub owner. Looking up this overwhelming art work above my head, I started believing this must be as awe-inspiring as The Last Judgement for Gooners.


One thing really strikes me whenever I am covering English football culture is that this simple sports can occupy such a big part of people's life. It's not an exaggeration to say English people really live for a match of the weekend (or the week). Family, friends, and community, they are all connected by this one amazing thing; life, love, feeling, they all fall into one place; yes, the magic of football. As Andy told me, 'Arsenal' is a religion above all because it is the fans' spiritual home in any way.


If you come to England to watch a football match and fail to obtain the most expensive ticket in Premire League, I would rather suggest you visit Gunners pub. I would like you to share the time with the local supporters who were born to be a Gooner. Raising pint glasses of London's local ale, you would enjoy getting intoxicated with endless stories of their glorious seasons.


The Gunners Pub Highbury 204 Blackstock Rd, London N5 1EN UK | London UK       © 2020 YUKO SUZUKI    

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