By Declan Taylor

Luke Ayling is looking forward to visiting the “bit of Arsenal outside London” when Arsenal visit Borehamwood on Tuesday evening.

The Hertfordshire town, which is 12 miles north-west of Emirates Stadium, is a traditional hot-bed of  Gunners support and Meadow Park stages Arsenal Ladies’ home fixtures.

Over the last few seasons the Ryman Football League club has become a regular opponent on the Gunners’ younger players’ pre-season tour – with Fran Merida scoring his first goal in red-and-white in the corresponding fixture two years ago.

Having dispatched Maidenhead United 7-1 last week, the young Gunners face Boreham Wood on Tuesday. One man certain to feature is Ayling, who cannot wait for another chance to impress.

“It does feel like we’re taking the Club to the fans in a way,” the defender told

“It’s great for the fans to come down. There was a few thousand at Maidenhead and it’s great to see them turn out. And it’s also great for us boys to play in front of crowds.

“The Ladies play there so it is a little bit of Arsenal outside of London. It’s nice to go outside of London and play and it will be a good game I’m sure.

“In the Youth Cup last season we got some experience playing in front of crowds but it’s great to get more.  There were 32,000 at the Emirates in the Final which was great for us and now it’s important to keep it up.”

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3 Aug 2009