Leytonstone schoolboy is lucky mascot for Arsenal as team beats Newcastle United 7-3

Leytonstone football fan Luke Hughes with Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen. WF1001-ARSENAL

Leytonstone football fan Luke Hughes with Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen. WF1001-ARSENAL

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A schoolboy mascot who led Arsenal football team on to the pitch ahead of their recent 7-3 win over Newcastle United has spoken of his delight at being picked for the honour.

Luke Hughes, seven, of North Birkbeck Road in Leytonstone, was selected at random out of 25,000 other children in the 'Junior Gunners' supporters club for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

His exciting day also included meeting his heroes at the club's Emirates Stadium prior to kick-off and receiving a shirt signed by all the players.

He said: “It was brilliant to have been chosen to be the mascot and I had a fantastic day.

"Getting to be the mascot for a game where there were 10 goals made it extra special”.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen said: “I know how much I’d have loved to do something like that when I was a kid and I just hope he had a memorable afternoon and most importantly, enjoyed the win”.

The game took place on Saturday December 29.

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