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From Arsenal mascot to rival… in 18 years!

NICO Yennaris captained Brentford against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday in the third-round of the Carabao Cup… 18 years after being a Gunners’ mascot..

His side lost 3-1 as Arsenal progressed to the next round, but it was still a memorable night for Yennaris, who was a part of the Arsenal academy when growing up.

The pre-match photo with the officials, captains and mascots from both occasions, all those years apart, also reveals, by an astonishing coincidence, that the same referee, Mike Dean,  was involved.

He has hardly aged at all in the last 18 years, as he continues to referee at the top end of the game. But Yennaris, now 25, who has clearly grown, led the Championship side out at the Emirates.

Back in 2000, he accompanied Tony Adams on to the Highbury pitch for Arsenal’s match with Coventry City.

He was actually with Arsenal for 15 years as a youth player, and was in the same under-eight side as Harry Kane.

But after making just one appearance for the Gunners in the Premier League, as a sub against Manchester United, he decided to move on, to further his career.

He has been with Championship side Brentford ever since, having made over 130 appearances for the London club.

 

 

 

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