Young Gunner has best day of his life

Mascot Jason Fati with Arsenal's Nacho Monreal
Mascot Jason Fati with Arsenal's Nacho Monreal

A keen young footballer who was chosen to be a Gunners’ mascot for their match against Stoke City says it was the best day of his life.

Nine-year-old Jason Fati – who lives in Lewsey Farm and is in Year 5 at St Martin de Porres Primary School – still can’t believe his luck.

“It was amazing,” he said of his once-in-a-lifetime experience. “I was interviewed for Arsenal TV and had my picture taken for the magazine.

“The players were really nice to me in the changing room and I got all their autographs.

“They’re my heroes – I’d like to play for them one day.”

Jason’s proud dad Oluyemi said his son was a promising left back: “He makes a lot of effort and may well become a professional.”

The family met Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Jason had a kick around in the Emirates Stadium prior to the game with the team’s latest signing, Nacho Monreal.

Nacho said: “I hope he had as memorable day as I did on my debut.”

The young footie fan was delighted with the team’s 1-0 premier league victory – and even more thrilled with the free kit he was given.