One lucky Arsenal fan received a surprise from the club’s mascot, Gunnersaurus, during an Arsenal Soccer School session last week.
After Arsenal reached The FA Cup Semi-Final, the club randomly selected JoJo from over 34,000 Junior Gunners and plans were made to surprise her. It came to light that JoJo would be taking part in one of Arsenal’s Soccer Schools during the Easter holidays and that seemed the perfect setting for the big reveal.
Eight-year-old JoJo was astonished as Gunnersaurus turned up at the Soccer School session and revealed that she had won the chance to be Arsenal’s mascot at the FA Cup Semi-Final against Reading this weekend.
JoJo will have the chance to meet the Arsenal team in the dressing room at Wembley before leading the team onto the pitch. She will then get to watch the game with her parents from the stands.
After the surprise, Joho said: “I thought Gunnersaurus had come to surprise us all with a visit, I didn’t think it would be just for me. I’m so excited about going to Wembley and meeting the players, especially Santi Cazorla.”
JoJo’s father Sean said “We found it very difficult not to tell her, knowing how excited she would be but the look of excitement and shock on her face when she realised what was happening was amazing. We’re really looking forward to seeing her lead out the team on Saturday.
The big surprise and JoJo’s reaction was all captured on camera and can be viewed here:
Reproduced courtesy of Arsenal Media and thanks for sharing with Gunners Town readers
The next piece on GT about being an Arsenal mascot maybe written by one of our own writers who as a kid was lucky enough to have the honour. I will leave you to guess who
Passionate fifty-something Arsenal supporter who has been making the journey to N5 regularly since the early 1980s – although his first game was in 1976. Always passionate when talking about The Arsenal, Dave decided to send a guest blog to Gunnersphere in the summer of 2011 and has not stopped writing about the Gunners since.
He set up his own site – 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – in February 2012, which he moved on in 2016 to concentrate on freelance writing and building Gunners Town, which he launched with Paul in 2014.
The objective of GT was to be new and fresh and to give a platform for likeminded passionate Arsenal fans wishing to write about their team. Dave still of course, writes for the site himself and advises the ever-changing writing crew.