Lucky Daniel leads out Gunners

Cesc Fabregas with the Arsenal mascot before the match. Leyton Orient 1:1 Arsenal, FA Cup Fifth Round, Matchroom Stadium, London, 20/2/2011. Credit : Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal Football Club.

Cesc Fabregas with the Arsenal mascot before the match. Leyton Orient 1:1 Arsenal, FA Cup Fifth Round, Matchroom Stadium, London, 20/2/2011. Credit : Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal Football Club.

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A LUCKY 11-year-old from Tring led Arsenal out for their FA Cup match against Leyton Orient on Sunday.

Junior Gunner Daniel Parker was chosen at random to be the Gunners’ mascot for the fifth round clash which finished 1-1 after a dramatic late Orient equaliser.

Arsenal-mad Daniel led the team out onto the pitch and met some of his favourite players, as well as bagging autographs and a brand new Arsenal kit.

Only members of Arsenal’s junior supporters club, the Junior Gunners, had the chance to win the prize, and Daniel was understandably delighted to have been selected.

“It was a brilliant day,” Daniel said. “I met all the players and walked out onto the pitch with them. And I got to have my picture taken with the captain Cesc Fabregas.”

Fabregas said: ““It was great to meet Daniel before the game against Orient. We all hope he had a brilliant afternoon.”

Sue Campbell, manager of the Junior Gunners, added: “We were very pleased to offer Daniel the chance to be our mascot for the Leyton Orient game.

“This is one of the many occasions throughout the year where our Junior Gunners get the opportunity to meet their heroes, and it is always a memorable day”.

For information about joining the Junior Gunners, visit www.arsenal.com/juniorgunners