The tension is building, my stomach is churning
Nervous excitement and a passion that’s burning
Both sides of the divide know what’s at stake
Three points forgotten, bragging rights we will take
Form not a factor when the North London teams collide
Rivalries long standing, friendships and families divide
Who wants it more on the day and is up for the battle?
And who will be overwhelmed and whose nerves all a rattle?
Some men become boys when the whistle does blow?
Other men become heroes tomorrow we’ll know
We’ll try and sleep, all restless tonight
Dreaming the heroes are clad in the red and the white
A fast start is vital, home advantage must tell
So sing up The Emirates make my pride swell
You know what it means, so on them inflict the pain
Send them skulking back to the pitiful Lane
History is with us for the past 20 years
Send them home to Middlesex to cry in their beers
Passionate fifty-something Arsenal supporter who has been making the journey to N5 regularly since the early 1980s – although his first game was in 1976. Always passionate when talking about The Arsenal, Dave decided to send a guest blog to Gunnersphere in the summer of 2011 and has not stopped writing about the Gunners since.
He set up his own site – 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – in February 2012, which he moved on in 2016 to concentrate on freelance writing and building Gunners Town, which he launched with Paul in 2014.
The objective of GT was to be new and fresh and to give a platform for likeminded passionate Arsenal fans wishing to write about their team. Dave still of course, writes for the site himself and advises the ever-changing writing crew.