A fitting farewell to one of the great Gunners

After nine years of waiting we were finally there. With Arsenal's move from Highbury, their home since 1913, to their new Emirates stadium came our chance for season tickets.

So in May, our eldest son and I visited the centre to choose our seats.

I told him he could have any seats but the most expensive. He picked two seats four rows from the front, leaving me to pick up the bill, which I was happy to do even though I don't earn the rumoured £250,000.

On 22 July, we attended the first-ever match at Arsenal's new home.

It may not have the history of Highbury or its beautiful Marble Hall players' entrance, but capacity has grown from 38,000 to 60,000, seating is very comfortable with good leg room and public transport links are excellent.

The inaugural match was to be the testimonial farewell to one of Arsenal's greats, Dennis Bergkamp, a Dutch international who was signed to Amsterdam's Ajax team at the age of 12, and who had played for Arsenal for 11 seasons.

New technology

We gained entry after the new laser scanning machine read our tickets, and found our seats.

On every seat there was a specially designed T-shirt as a tribute to Dennis Bergkamp, so that alternating banks of red and white emerged around the stadium.

Before the game, there were tributes to Dennis and his family who all took to the pitch, and then the fun began. Arsenal had to field a weakened side because many of their first-team players had not returned from World Cup duty and at half-time they were 1-0 down to Ajax. But that soon changed as a team of Arsenal greats took on Ajax greats. So many of the 1998 Double winning team came to bid farewell to their former team-mate. Among them was David Seaman, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.

Henry levelled the score, and became the first Arsenal goal-scorer at the new stadium, and he won the game late on.

I can't wait for the start of the Premiership on 19 August.

- Dr Gwen Lewis is a GP in Windsor.

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