IT will live long in the memory of all Aussie Arsenal fans – the week the Gunners made Sydney their home.
Three days and more than 180,000 fans through the gates later and the Arsenal In Sydney Tour has come to an end after an 18 month journey from first announcement.
Two sellout crowds of over 80,000 fans saw the Gunners play against Sydney FC (80,432) and Western Sydney Wanderers (83,221) at ANZ Stadium with an unprecedented 17,000 fans turning out for Arsenal’s Fan Party and Open Training Session the Friday between.
The sheer amount of interest left Arsenal’s legendary Manager Arsene Wenger in awe of his club’s passionate fans.
“I must say after two nights here, we had over 160,000 people at the games and I am just absolutely bewildered,” said Wenger.
“I am a long time in the game and it was amazing. We are very, very happy to have so many fans here.
“The people here in Australia are wonderful, they are very respectful, very nice, they love the Premier League and overall Sydney is absolutely beautiful so it was a dream to stay here.”
The Gunners knew what they were in for the moment they stepped off the plane when hundreds of loyal Arsenal fans gathered at 6am on a chilly winter morning to greet the team outside Sydney Airport.
The players endeared themselves to the locals with a number of fan engagement opportunities like kids training clinics, special appearances, a spectacular new kit launch at Fort Denison and, of course, the huge Official Arsenal Fan Part and Open Training Session.
Their two games against Sydney’s prideful A-League clubs were the highlight with the Gunners dazzling fans in a 2-0 win over Sydney FC and then a 3-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers.
And who could forget Arsenal’s star signing, Alexandre Lacazette, scoring his first ever goal for the club in Sydney – a moment that will be etched in the history of Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.
Take a moment to look back at some of the best images from the Arsenal In Sydney Tour below.