Nine-year-old Junior Gunner Lucas enjoyed the surprise of a lifetime ahead of Arsenal's game with West Brom on Sunday, when Theo Walcott paid him a visit with some special news.

Walcott sought out the Finsbury Park youngster in his seat at Emirates Stadium before kick-off, to tell him he had been randomly selected from over 30,000 Junior Gunners to be Arsenal's mascot for the FA Cup Final.

The Arsenal and England star explained to Lucas that he would get to visit the Gunners' changing room before the game, and lead them onto the pitch for kick-off.

He then invited Lucas pitchside to present him with an Arsenal strip and FA Cup Final tickets in front of the Emirates Stadium crowd.

Walcott said afterwards: "It was brilliant to be the one to tell Lucas he'd be our mascot for the FA Cup Final. He is Arsenal-mad and a lovely lad, so I am very happy for him. I hope he remembers the day for a long time to come."

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