Arsenal Members' Day attracts thousands


Arsenal Members' Day attracts thousands

Thousands of Arsenal members visited Emirates Stadium on Thursday to watch an exclusive open first-team training session.

The players came out to a fantastic reception and they clapped the fans and took part in a mass team photo with thousands of members before training commenced.

As soon as the team had completed their session, hundreds of supporters donned Theo Walcott face masks and were joined by the Arsenal and England forward for a truly unique image.

Thirty Junior Gunners then entered the pitch, decked out in the new yellow and blue away kit, clutching balloons that each held a voucher to entitle the eventual holder to a free membership for the coming season.

The 2013/14 campaign marks the Junior Gunners' 30th anniversary, so once the balloons were released the children celebrated the landmark with a one-off match against the entire first team on the award-winning pitch. The JGs ran out eventual winners with Walcott swapping sides halfway through.

Before proceedings wrapped up on the pitch, some brave fans joined Gedion Zelalem, Chuba Akpom and Walcott to take part in the crossbar challenge all under the watchful eye of manager Arsène Wenger.

Following training, 1500 members were invited to attend player Q&A sessions while Club legends Pat Rice, Martin Keown and Tony Adams answered fans' questions with host Tom Watt in the lower concourse.

Members’ Day is the first of many exclusive member events taking place throughout the season giving fans the chance to get closer to the Club. Keep an eye on for further events.

Scroll down for exclusive pictures from the JGs' match against the first-team squad.

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