Nico Yennaris believes the Junior Gunners make Arsenal’s young fans feel like part of the Club - and he should know.

The versatile midfielder made his Premier League debut against Manchester United in January 2012 after working his way through the academy from an early age.

But Yennaris’ connection with Arsenal goes beyond his playing days. He was a mascot for Arsenal’s Premier League game against Coventry at Highbury in September 2000 and still cherishes his time as a Junior Gunner.

“I think it is good when you are young to feel like you are part of a team and to support Arsenal from when you are young,” Yennaris told Arsenal Player.

“I know these days some kids can support a team one day and then a few weeks later support another team. When you start young I think you become a true supporter if you follow the team through.

“Being a Junior Gunner is good because they make you feel involved as part of the Club.

“When I was a mascot I remember it being quite rushed at home before I went to the stadium. When I got there I met the people who took me around and them giving me the kit to wear.

“I remember big Tony Adams coming up to me and asking me if I was alright. Obviously at that age you are not used to it in front of a big crowd. But I was more happy than nervous!

“I have a football signed by the team that day and I think I had a shirt signed too. I still have that football at home.”

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