Dream trip to the Palace for Arsenal mascot

William Harrison with  Mesut �zil.
William Harrison with Mesut �zil.

An eight-year-old boy from Staverton was chosen from more than 30,000 youngsters to lead his favourite team out on Saturday.

William Harrison was picked to be the mascot for Arsenal in their 2-0 victory over London rivals Crystal Palace in a Premier League clash.

William was able to lead the team out onto the pitch for the kick-off at Palace’s Selhurst Park home.

He also met players from the Arsenal team, including German centre half Per Mertesacker who was in the German Word Cup winning squad last year. William said: “It was amazing to have been chosen to be the mascot and to walk the team out onto the pitch.

“I got to meet loads of players, including my favourite players Per Mertesacker, Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez – and we won the game which topped off the day perfectly!”

His mother Louise added: “William was made to feel very welcome at the stadium.

“He loved the dressing room experience and the players were all very friendly to him, signing his shirt which he will treasure forever.

“He was then able to take a few shots on goal in front of the gathering crowds whilst the players warmed up.”

The Gunners won the game 2-1 with first half goals from Spanish international Santi Cazorla and French striker Olivier Giroud. Crystal Palace scored a late goal at the end of the match through Glenn Murray but it was not enough to deny the north London team.

In addition to being in with a chance to be a mascot, Junior Gunners also have access to reduced price tickets for first team matches, as well as various events, competitions and quizzes held throughout the season.