Ciara Flood from Lancing was Arsenal's mascot for the Premiership match against Chelsea on 18 December, 2005.

The eight-year-old met the Arsenal squad before the match and led the team out at Highbury before having her picture taken with Robert Pires. 

Unfortunately, Arsenal lost 2-0 but played some great football and Thierry Henry saw an effort hit the outside of a post. Dutch forward Robin van Persie was unfortunate to a see first-half goal disallowed for offside.

In her spare time, Ciara enjoys playing football, drawing and computer games. Her favourite players are Henry and Van Persie.

Ciara says: "I play defence/midfield for Lancing Rangers Under-9 Select. I love playing for the team even though my coach supports Tottenham! I also like looking after our cat, Brady and our rabbit, Bunny van Persie."

 

 

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