Arsenal's record FA Cup success gives Irish teenager the needle

Sunday 28th May 2017

A sixteen-year-old boy from Antrim in Northern Ireland nearly regretted giving Arsenal no chance in The FA Cup Final against Premier League champions Chelsea yesterday.

Arsenal outplayed the Premier League champions and celebrated a 2-1 victory, courtesy of goals from Alexis Sanchez and Welshman Aaron Ramsey, at Wembley Stadium.

“Chelsea are 100% winning the FA Cup today,” he posted on Twitter.

“If Arsenal win The FA Cup today I’ll get the Arsenal badge tattooed on my a***e.”

Named only as Lewis, the Ballymena United and Liverpool fan, has only been a member of Twitter since last month.

His Tweet received plenty of replies from fans egging him on to fulfil his punishment after Arsene Wenger won his record seventh FA Cup title as Gunners boss and Arsenal banked their record 13th FA Cup success.

Facing his embarrassing mistake in judgement – and how quickly a post on Twitter can be spread like wildfire - he pledged £10 towards the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack, when 22 people were murdered at Ariana Grande’s pop concert at the Manchester Arena last week.

The Manchester Evening News set up a Justgiving page, that has raised £1,798,996 and they want to raise a total of £2m for the families’ that are suffering with the loss of their loved ones.

“In all seriousness I have decided that instead I will donate £10 to the victims of the Manchester attacks as I cannot get a tattoo legally,” Lewis Tweeted.

“I’m aware the tattoo would cost a lot more than £10 but as of right now it’s all I have.  May they rest in peace and never be forgotten.”

A statement from the Manchester Evening News said: “Our readers have been asking how they can help, so we have started this fund to help support the families in the aftermath of the attack.

“The money raised by the Manchester Evening News and its readers will be administered by the British Red Cross, who are offering support to affected families.  All of it will go to the families.

“We are so grateful for the support so far and can’t thank the people of Manchester enough.”

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