Saturday 4 January 2014

Meet the Gooner Family [Kanika & Diya, Sydney)

Meet Kanika & Diya, members of the Gooner Family and my hosts for New Years Eve in Sydney. They both moved to Australia from Delhi in 2007 and have been Arsenal fans for a while.

Q. Why Arsenal?K: A lot about the way they play, the style of play. It's poetry in motion, it's like Tiki Taka with attacking flair. Ever since I've started watching Arsenal, no other team has matched them. It's the way it should be played.
D: There's a sincerity about them, they're a very honest football club. I think Wenger's philosophy rubs off on the entire club. We're not crass, we're class.

Q. Started Supporting Arsenal?K: 1998 or 1999, I can't quite remember. I was first a football fan, I remember the 1986 World Cup, and had always enjoyed football ahead of other sports. It was around about 1998 when they started playing Premier League matches on TV over in India, and I just remember being attracted to the way Arsenal played.
D: I was a cricket fan first and foremost, I met Kanika in 2004, she got me into football as a whole, the first game I watched on my own was (what would have been) the 50th Invincibles game against Man United. My brothers are United fans so it didn't make things easy for me.

Q. Favourite Player?K: Robert Pires. This guy popped up at the right time all the time. He was so fast going down the flank. He made Thierry Henry look good with his support play. He was a workhorse.
D: Bacary Sagna. Somehow I just feel better when he's in the team. I really hope he signs a new contract.

Q. Favourite current Player? K: Per Mertesacker. He leads by example, he breathes Arsenal, I love the way how he bosses people around.
D: Apart from Sagna above, I'd also have to go with Per Mertesacker.

Q. Favourite Arsenal moment? K: When we qualified for the Champions League final in 2006 against Villareal. I remember crying when we had gone through. I was ecstatic.
D: It was the last minute header from Thierry Henry against United in 2007 at The Emirates. I remember that experience more than any other. The crowd went wild.

Q. Where do you watch Arsenal in Sydney?K&D: Mostly at home as the games are on late here. We were both at the Armoury for the Aston Villa game, there were hundreds of fans there.

Q. Emirates or Highbury?K: I'd have to say Emirates for the capacity. I've spent more time watching games there.
D: Emirates.

Q. League Prediction?K: Win. I say that with a lot of fear in my heart!
D: Same! Not the Champions League, I think they'll get knocked out but will be able to concentrate more firepower on the league.

Q. Who will be Arsenal's player to watch for the second half of this season?
K: Podolski, he's going to score some crackers!
D: Our new striker that we sign in the January transfer window!


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