On each of my visits to the Emirates, I have travelled by train and used Finsbury Park station. It’s obviously a little bit of a longer walk than the very conveniently placed Arsenal Station just outside the old Highbury, but the queues are unbelievable, and it’s worth the extra 10 minutes walk! Finsbury Park is also on the Victoria Line, so coming from Euston, there are no changes either, so Finsbury Park is well worth it! Its also handy if you're driving the majority of the way, as there is good parking at Cockfosters at the end of the Piccadilly Line, so again, easier access to Finsbury Park.
Ground exterior, crossing the bridge approaching the away end, 2010
Food & Drink
Speaking of Finsbury Park, the other advantage here is that there is a decent away fan friendly pub right outside it called the Twelve Pins. There is a decent little chippy opposite too. Nearer to the ground, right opposite the away entrance, is the Drayton Arms, which is always absolutely rammed with away fans, inside and out. Best to stock up on your food and drink outside, as inside it all gets a little pricy! And it’s hardly traditional football food either! Veg pie, bockwurst, pizza, whatever happened to mystery meat pie and Bovril?
Both sets of fans in the South Stand, 2015
Inside the Ground
It’s Arsenal…Highbury wasn’t referred to as the Library for nothing, and increasing the numbers still hasnt helped. Generally still really poor from the home fans, until they’re beating you, then a few scalls next to the away end will enjoy a good gloat. That’s something that doesn’t help the atmosphere either, the police and stewards are as over the top as they were at Highbury, picking on away fans for singing or shouting across the divide, yet the home fans can do it all they like. This usual double standards seen even more in 2008, when Arsenal fans threw coins into the away end first after we took a first half lead, then again once they were beating us later on, yet the stewards did nothing about and decided to pick fights with our fans who took exception to having coins thrown at them!
The West Stand on Everton's first visit to the Emirates, 2006
Looking towards the North Stand, 2014