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Soccer News of Friday, 9 September 2022

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

REVEALED: Queen Elizabeth was an Arsenal fan

The Invincibles visited HM Queen Elizabeth in 2007 The Invincibles visited HM Queen Elizabeth in 2007

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, the London Bridge collapsed as the Royal Family announced the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch.

The family announced on their Twitter page that "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon."

Queen Elizabeth was involved in several football activities during her 7-decade reign, and her passing has drawn an outpouring of tribute from the football world.

Despite her regular involvement in the sport by attending finals and presenting trophies, the club she was affiliated with was a closely guarded secret that fans could only speculate and guess.

As neutral as she was, her affiliation with Arsenal came to light in a subtly manner.

There are two statements and a gesture that quite validates her love for Arsenal.

Former Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn once said in a speech, “Now, we know the Queen is absolutely above politics. She may be above football, too, but many locals harbour this quite secret view that she’s actually, privately, a Gooner,” he said as quoted by metro.co.uk.

In 2007, Queen Elizabeth was scheduled to inaugurate Arsenal's new stadium, the Emirates Stadium, but she couldn't honour the invitation due to unforseen circumstances.

The monarch atoned for the miss by inviting the Gunners' first-team squad, the Invincibles to Buckingham Palace for an afternoon tea and tour of the palace.

After the event, Thierry Henry said,“It went really nicely. I have no words to describe the experience the Queen has given us.”

"It seems the Queen follows football, and she told us she was an Arsenal fan," Fabregas is quoted as saying. "She appeared to definitely know who I was and we exchanged a few special words," the Spanish international added.

To this day, Arsenal remains the only club to have received an invitation to dine with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.