First of all I was very lucky to have won the tickets to the match. To see inside of the stadium by walking out the tunnel was so overwhelming, I didn’t realise it was so vast. To see the Arsenal players was a dream come true and the Sunderland players as an extra, was quite amazing. Then again to watch them for the first time-the pitch seemed so wide-just made my day although we didn’t win. It just makes me wish that I can play for Arsenal someday. The atmosphere in the stadium was great and it was cool to stand next to Gunnersaurus.

By Joshua Edarh


Thank you very much for one of the most special days of my life. This was my first ever Arsenal game and I know that they don't get much bigger than this! I was so excited when I found out I had won that I couldn't wait to tell all my friends at school.

When the big day came, I got up at 5:30am because I couldn't sleep! I thought my Dad might be mad but he was more excited than me! We headed into London and arrived at Finsbury Park to walk to the ground. I was excited by all the stalls selling Arsenal things and I used my pocket money to buy an Arsenal pin badge to stick on my Arsenal shirt. My Dad bought me a programme as a memento for me to keep.

We arrived at the ground and picked up our tickets. I was really nervous in case it had been a mistake but obviously it wasn't and I quickly became excited when my Dad showed me the tickets. We then went to the media centre and met a nice lady. She took us to the pitch and I got to sit in Arsène Wenger's chair! That was amazing! Me and my Dad took loads of photos while we waited for Gunnersaurus. I was so happy to see him and couldn't believe that I was going to get to give him a big hug. We loved having our photo taken with Gunner and it's a memory that will stay with me forever.

Dad thought that our surprises had finished but we couldn't believe it when we were told that we could watch the teams arrive. I can't describe the feeling of watching Robin van Persie walk right in front of me but I was so happy.

After watching the teams arrive we went to our seats. We couldn't believe how lucky we were and I was especially happy that we were so close to the pitch. The game was absolutely amazing and I definitely think that we should have won! I wished that Robin would have scored because he had a few chances but I'm not disappointed because I got to see my favourite team.

After the game we headed home and talked about it all the way. When I got home I told my Mum and rang my Grandma and Granddad to tell them too! I couldn't sleep at night because my mind was still racing. It was the best day of my life and I really hope that we'll be able to come to see Arsenal again. Thank you so much.

Lewis De-Wilde


Arsenal For Everyone flags

On Saturday I went to Arsenal to wave the flags. It is called the Guard of Honour and is so cool! When I got there a man picked us up and took us to the changing room to talk about what we would have to do. Then we practised waving the flags and had to be careful not to hit anything with them as they were quite big!

Then we lined up against the wall - that's when Arsène Wenger ran in. We put out our hands and as he ran past he gave us all high fives! I thought that was amazing, he is such a nice man.

When I walked out there were thousands of people in their seats. We all lined up and then the players came out onto the pitch. A little boy got to walk out with Robin Van Persie (my favourite player) - I would like to do that one day as a Junior Gunner. We waved our flags like we practised.  

After I had finished my dad collected me and we went to watch the rest of the game. It was amazing - 7-1!  

Maisy James, proud Junior Gunner, aged 7


Junior Gunners

Dear Gunnersauraus,

I am writing to let you know that I was one of the lucky JGs who went onto the pitch to help celebrate the 125th anniversary and created a guard of honour for the players.

My dad (Greg), uncle (Jeff) and two of their cousins, Jaimie & Dominic, were all Junior Gunners lucky enough to be part of the same thing when Arsenal celebrated their centenary 25 years ago! You can just see their hands on the Arsenal magazine.

My family are all Arsenal mad and my granddad still takes my brothers, dad, uncle and me to see the boys in red and white regularly.

Come on you Gunners!

Love from Sofia Goumal


By Sophia Nunn

"When my younger sister Belinda entered the competition to attend Arsenal’s Junior Gunner Christmas Party, I didn’t think she would be lucky enough to be selected. So I couldn’t believe it when I received the e-mail saying she had been successful!

"I spoke to a Junior Gunner representative and they were kind enough to let me attend the event with Belinda (as she is profoundly deaf), so we set off on Friday morning, excited for the day ahead. But nothing could have prepared us for the treats that lay in store for us at the amazing Emirates Stadium.

"When we got there, we and the other 499 lucky winners were shown to our tables. Each was named after an Arsenal player - ours was Chamakh. We chatted to the other Junior Gunners on our table before heading off to the pitch to watch the team train. Even though there were only 500 Junior Gunners in the stadium, they made the noise of 60,000, singing all the trademark Arsenal chants. “We love you Arsenal, we do!”

"The players were in great spirits in training and so was Arsène Wenger. Every half an hour or so the Junior Gunners would chant, “Arsène, give us a wave” and every time he obliged with a smile on his face.

"We were incredibly lucky with the weather - the last two Junior Gunner Christmas Parties had been cancelled due to snow - but we were watching the team train for an hour and a half and it wasn’t even that cold (although that might have had something to do with the fact that I was watching Van Persie, Walcott and Arteta warming up and that made me feel all warm and tingly inside!)

"When training was over, we went back inside, had our Christmas lunch (which was lovely) and pulled all of our Christmas crackers. This was followed by an Arsenal quiz (which we didn’t win, even though one of our team members was looking up all of the answers on his Blackberry! Serves us right I suppose!)

"The real excitement came at 2pm, though, when we were told to quieten down and form a line. We were going to be taken to meet the first team in an exclusive signing session!

"We were led down a corridor and to a set of doors. The doors opened and we began queuing up. It was jaw dropping. I think I just stood there for about 30 seconds just staring at Andrey Arshavin, who was sitting at the first table. I could not believe I was standing just a few metres away from some of the biggest stars in the first team.

"We had half an hour to meet as many of them as we could and we were lucky enough to meet Robin van Persie (whose queue was about a mile long), Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Song, Bacary Sagna, Gervinho, Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou, Ryo Miyaichi, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.

"I chatted to him for a few minutes, asking him what part of Italy he was from and then proceeded to tell him I was half Italian. He was so friendly (and good-looking)!

"My sister Belinda took her favourite Arsenal shirt and by the end it was full of signatures. She was so happy, it really was a dream come true for her to meet her idols. We quickly got our last few signatures and photos before we were whisked away.

"We were then taken downstairs and got to enjoy some festive games (including table football, FIFA 12 and various football challenges) before the day ended.

"Wherever I looked, I could see smiling faces. I was standing in a room with 500 children who had just had their dreams come true. The atmosphere was incredible – something which is difficult to put into words really.

"Thank you Arsenal for making it a dream come true for my sister Belinda (and me too) to meet the team and for organising such an outstanding event. I think I am now an even bigger Arsenal fan (if that’s possible!) - what an amazing Christmas present."


Thanks for organising this event before Tuesday's game. Even though Nathan and I had to rush due to some train problems we had a great time.

Matt and the team looked after us as we watched both teams arrive and Nathan got some great video clips. The highlight was when Nathan managed to get his picture taken with Jack Wilsheree. Jack was a great role model, posing for photos with the JGs and even doubling back when he realised he had missed Nathan out first time around. This even made up for the disappointment of the result.

So thanks again to you and all of the Arsenal staff for helping to organise this.

Thursday, August 4 - Arsenal member's day/party

We got up early this morning and I got dressed into my new Arsenal top, it's blue and has a diagonal line which changes the tone of the blue! After getting changed I packed my poster and pen in my bag and got into the car.

Once we arrived at Cockfosters we got the train to Arsenal! On the way we played the name game (when you have to make a girl and a boy's name starting with the same letter as the station name!) when we got there, there was a really long queue. After about 15mins we got to the front of the line and met gunnersauras! (The mascot) and then I, was taken into the stadium!

A helper showed me to my group (I was in team Gibbs!) the first thing we did was to decorate some mini flags and then a banner for our team, I made friends with a girl called Jodie and then we created a chant for our group, ours went like this: we love you gibbsy we do, we love you Gibbsy we do, we love you Gibbsy we do ohhh Gibbsy we love you!

After this we went out to the pitch and sat near the top to watch the first team train for around about 1hr. It was amazing the atmosphere was ecstatic and it made me fill up with excitement as if I was playing on the pitch myself!!!!! People in the crowd cheering and hooters honking just made the feeling complete.

Once the training was nearly over we went back into the party area and had lunch. I had a mini burger which was delicious! The meat was so juicy and succulent and made my taste but tingle with excitement!

When I had finished my lovely lunch, we were escorted to one of the parts of the stadium where you would normally come in from the turnstiles to get seated. Instead of bustling fans getting ready for a big game there was an inflatable goal and a normal goal with a clock looking thing over the top which reads how many mph you kick the ball into the goal. Also there were 2 table football games set up.

Once we had finished playing we got taken back up to the party area where we had to perform our chant to the judging panel and then got to tuck into some mouth watering ice-cream!

And then we got the chance to get something signed by the whole of the men's first team! All the children were buzzing with anticipation! When suddenly the footballers came through the door a huge roar began as everyone started cheering!!!!! It was amazing, astounding, remarkable, incredible and mind-blowing all at once!!!!!!!! Then as the players sat down we were let loose and I got a poster signed by them! It was manic children running left right and centre trying to get into a small queue.

After the exhilaration of having things signed I walked out of the stadium and as I walked back to the station I glanced over my shoulder back at the stadium and thought about the fabulous day I had just encountered.

Lorraine Aldridge

Terms and Conditions

1. This competition ("Promotion") is open to Junior Gunners only. Proof of membership may be required.

2. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions and agreed to be bound by them when entering this Promotion.

3. To take part in this Promotion, you will need to send in your photos and /or stories, via the Fanzone section of the Junior Gunners website providing the necessary contact details.

4. Arsenal does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Entries which do not satisfy the requirements of these terms and conditions, will be disqualified and will not be counted.

5. Winners will be selected at random, once a month on first day of each month, from all stories and/or photos submitted that are featured on the Junior Gunners website in the previous month. Winners will be notified by email within seven days.

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18 Nov 2011