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September 18Our Events and Hospitality Team asked me in to make an appearance at the old Billingsgate Fish Market today for the Square Meal Expo event where they had a stand. It’s always good to have your club mascot at events like these and I helped attract lots of interest in the stall as well as lots of people for my colleagues to chat to.
September 20Destination Villa Park and a great victory with a 3-0 scoreline. Today got me racking my brain - have we ever scored 3 goals as quickly as that before?
September 23Our Capital One Cup game was against Premier League opposition Southampton. They put out a very strong team whilst we offered a chance to some of our up-and-coming youth players. I met the mascots, then saw the teams arrive before popping around the pitch. There were 5,000 visiting fans tonight so I was kept very busy posing for pictures and signing autographs. Alexis scored a fantastic goal from a free kick, but this wasn’t enough and we were sadly knocked out of the competition 2-1 on the night.
September 25Our Community department took me along to Hargrave Park School to give out certificates for boys and girls who had taken part in the Arsenal Double Club after-school activities. I always have a great time when I visit primary schools in the local community and the kids just love to see me.
Then it was off to the Harvist Estate, which is very close to the Emirates stadium. It was for a BBQ and there were lots of children there with their mums and mads, enjoying the music, food, face painting and a bouncy castle.
September 27The north London derby is always a big game each season, facing our geographical neighbours Tottenham Hotspur. It was a late kick-off at 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports.I called in to the Armoury store first before heading off to meet the mascots and then to see the players arrive. At half time it was time to put on my goalkeepers gloves for the penalty shoot-out with five lucky youngsters handpicked from the Family Enclosure. I did my best to save as many as I could, but they were just too good. They were all given a goody bag and a certificate to say they had been on the pitch to take a penalty. The game ended 1-1 and after the match I visited a young fan up in Box Level for a birthday surprise.
October 1Our next game was in the UEFA Champions League against Galatasaray. Instead of walking around pitchside for this game I was up in Box Level instead before kick-off. I visited all 150 boxes and met supporters from both teams enjoying the hospitality. It was a noisy atmosphere on the night and we won the game 4-1 with Danny Welbeck scoring his first Arsenal hat-trick. Sadly Wojciech was sent off for a professional foul so he will miss the next game at Anderlecht. Our next game is Chelsea away.
October 5I watched the Chelsea game at the Emirates stadium where we were screening the match live to over 1,000 fans of all ages. They came along and took part in activities before watching the match on the big screens. For the younger fans there was face painting, quizzes, colouring in and games consoles, as well as me to keep everything in order. But another disappointing result going down 2-0. Our Ladies were also playing Liverpool in the league at Boreham Wood today which I sadly had to miss out on. The score ended 3-3.
October 6I had a quiet week this week as the players were off on international duty. We found out that Mesut will be out for 12 weeks with an injury which is obviously a huge loss. However there was good news that Theo and Serge should be available to play in the next couple of weeks.
October 11I got invited to a wedding reception for Carly and Tom who got married a few weeks ago in Greece. They decided to have a reception at the stadium so I came along to meet all of their friends who could not make it to the wedding. Congratulations to the both of them!
October 12Our Ladies had their final league match of the season at Boreham Wood today against Everton Ladies, and as a special treat for the fans they had the Women’s FA Cup trophy on show. I got involved and there were some great photos taken. The Ladies won 3-1 and finished 5th in the league this season.
October 16One of our big events every year is our party for our younger supporters called Welcome to our World. It is for children aged 0-3 and they all came along with their parents to enjoy lots of activities at the stadium. We had inflatables, castles made of cardboard that the children could get creative with felt-tip pens, face painting, entertainers, arts and crafts and the Arsenal Soccer School.
I greeted everyone as they arrived and must have had hundreds of pictures taken with all of the children, some of them only a few weeks old. There was a special guest appearance from Mathieu Debuchy, our new French signing and he stayed around for lots of pictures as well.
That’s all from me for now!See you all soon,Big hugs from Gunner
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