Emirates Stadium staged its fourth Emirates Cup since making the half-a-mile stadium move across N5 and for one of the five squads present at the tournament the weekend proved to be more than worthwhile.
Our new Ballboy and Ballgirl squad took to the side of the pitch for the very first time since being selected from trials held back in June.
Over 80 current Junior Gunners tried their very best to get selected for the final squad of 20 but it was George T, Jay L, Tyler, George F, Natalie, Arron, Luke, Dan J, Ashley, Sophie, Pej, Ayo, Jay P, Josh, Tommy, Zack, Drew, Daniel J, Taylor and Aman who emerged successful from the trials.
The squad, who will now cover every competitive game at Emirates, got a taste of things to come across the two-day tournament.
Using the multi-ball system that is in place for the Champions League games, the squad play a key part in keeping the game flowing.
Senior referee for the tournament Chris Foy met the squad in advance of the first game on Saturday to wish them well and to talk about the concept of the multi-ball system. His advice was well-received and now the squad were ready for the four-game football festival.
In the Arsenal v Milan game a Clarence Seedorf corner was spotted and was welcomed with a tap on the shoulder as a sign of appreciation to the ballboy from the Dutch maestro.
The Arsenal v Celtic game for those squad members with a multi-ball was a tricky test as two ended up in the lively Celtic section and were never returned.
All in all the weekend was a good exercise for the squad who now cannot wait to start for real in three weeks time when Blackpool come to town.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 2 Aug 2010