If there was such a thing as a checklist for a magical stadium, Highbury would tick all the criteria. The Arsenal Stadium (its official name) was on three sides in people’s back gardens and had four different stands with the fans on each side sitting almost on top of the cramped pitch. It made the Gunners literally touchable, but also impossible to expand. The stadium disappeared in 2006, but not completely: The monumental stands were converted into luxury apartments, so that you can still recognise the silhouette of a football stadium from a distance. Unfortunately, the 'stadium' is not open to the curious, so as not to disturb the new residents.
If you walk straight ahead from Arsenal Underground station into Highbury Hill, you will find yourself in an ordinary, neatly tended area of London. But football fans know better. At number 136 you suddenly have a red and white building on your left, completely in the colours of Arsenal. It is the former entrance to Highbury's West Stand.
Take a detour to Avenell Road and you'll be knocked back by the facade of the East Stand, one of the most beautiful in Britain. It is not surprising that it has been on the monument list for years and was therefore absolutely not allowed to be demolished when Arsenal left. On the inside you imagine yourself in a museum, but like the rest of the location, is not accessible. It is actually a shame that this still beautiful complex is not free to visit for Arsenal fans.