‘THE DAY I MET MY FOOTBALL HE­ROES’

Footie fan Lois on a high at High­bury

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

A FOOTBALL mad Bea­cons­field young­ster was se­lected at ran­dom from over 34,000 Ju­nior Gun­ners to be Ar­se­nal’s mas­cot at the Gun­ners’ 3-0 win over Manch­ester United

Twelve-year-old Lois Apedaile was lucky enough to meet Ar­se­nal man­ager Arsène Wenger and en­ter Ar­se­nal’s chang­ing room where she met the Ar­se­nal squad in­clud­ing her favourite player, Theo Wal­cott.

The lucky Ju­nior Gun­ner then led the team onto the Emi­rates pitch in front of nearly 60,000 sup­port­ers, along­side cap­tain, Per Merte­sacker.

Lois de­scribed her ex­pe­ri­ence in three words as: “Best day ever!”

Lois’s fa­ther, Gary Apedaile added: “Lois and her brother had a fan­tas­tic day. My daugh­ter is very shy and was both ex­cited and ter­ri­fied of the day but all of the play­ers she met were very sweet to her, es­pe­cially Per who took great care of her on the pitch.

“The whole day made me very proud to be a mem­ber of the club I have sup­ported since 1972.”

In ad­di­tion to be­ing in with a chance to be a match­day mas­cot, the Ju­nior Gun­ners al­lows chil­dren to make new friends.

Ben­e­fits of be­ing a mem­ber of the club in­clude ac­cess to re­duced price tick­ets for first team matches, as well as var­i­ous events, com­pe­ti­tions and quizzes held through­out the sea­son.

The match is be­ing hailed among pun­dits as signs that Ar­se­nal could be on the verge of win­ning their first Premier League tro­phy since 2004.

Alexis Sanchez and Me­sut Ozil scored, with Ar­se­nal tak­ing a 3-0 lead in the first 20 min­utes.

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