Barnaby de Hoedt will be reporting for at Emirates Stadium on Saturday after posting the highest bid in our charity auction.

The Arsenal fan, from Crawley in West Sussex, bid an incredible £650 shortly before the deadline passed at 11am on Friday. Now Barnaby will take his place in the press box for the West Ham game and attend Arsène Wenger's post-match press conference.

The Club has dedicated this weekend's game to its Charity of the Season, the Willow Foundation. Barnaby's bid of £650 will go straight to the charity to help them offer quality of life and quality time to seriously ill young adults aged 16-40 through the provision of special days.

Barnaby plans to savour every moment of his reporting experience on Saturday. Indeed, he hopes it will be the first of many visits to the Emirates Stadium press box.

"This would be my dream job," he told "I'm doing a journalism degree at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham and after that I want to go into sports journalism. Saturday will be a good taste of what that would be like.

"I'm looking forward to the view from the press box, looking around and seeing the journalists I want to be sitting with on a regular basis in the future.

"Then of course there is the post-match press conference. Who knows, if I can think of something and my tongue doesn't get tangled then I might even throw a question in for Arsène Wenger!

"I've supported the team since I was eight years old back in 1993. I'm a massive Arsenal fan, I collect all the programmes, memorabilia, anything I can get my hands on really.

"I'm not a season ticket holder but I am a Red Member and I've been to two games at Emirates Stadium so far - the first European game against Dinamo Zagreb and the 1-1 draw with Newcastle. I was a massive fan of Highbury but if we had to move then Emirates Stadium is the perfect place to move to."

Congratulations to Barnaby and thanks to everyone who took part in our charity auction.

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6 Apr 2007