Arsenal news: There are plenty of Gooners around the globe but there are a a number of USA stars who follow Mikel Arteta’s side
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Every week 60,000 supporters pass through the Emirates Stadium turnstiles to watch Arsenal in action. The Gunners are one of the biggest clubs in the world with over 59 million followers on social media.
There are plenty of Gooners in football with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori all declaring their initial passion for the club. But there is always a number of A-Listers who follow the club every weekend.
Mikel Arteta's side are leading the way at the top of the Premier League and are on course to win their first league title in nearly 20 years. Supporting the Gunners is worth it this season after years of pain and mediocrity.
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With that in mind, football.london takes a look at the most-famous Arsenal supporters from the United States of America.
Actor Damon once made his feelings clear on his football alliance when he wrote 'Tottenham sucks' on a piece of artwork at a charity auction in 2008. The Willow Foundation – a charity that was set up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson in the 1960s – asked celebrities to auction off canvases painted by them, which Damon happily obliged.
Back in 2016, filmmaker Moore and fellow Gunner Piers Morgan enjoyed a nice conversation on their mutual love of the north Londoners. "Somebody took me to a game at Arsenal a number of years ago and I did not want to go because it looked like a boring game to me," Damon said.
"It was amazing. It was a religious experience.," he continued. "I am an Arsenal supporter."
The rapper started supporting the club courtesy of his friendship with Arsenal icon Thierry Henry. He even once went on record to put on record his desire to buy shares in the club and even take up a place in the boardroom.
In 2010, the '99 Problems' singer cleared up any confusion on his football alliance. “It was about five years ago now,” he said. “When Thierry Henry was at the club I saw him play and I just thought he was an amazing player.
"Ever since then I have been a big fan of the club, following you guys, and still today you play the beautiful football that Thierry did. I think he had a real long term-effect on the team.”
Back in 2014, when the Gunners were a regular in the Champions League under Arsene Wenger, Hollywood star Costner attended the Premier League victory over Burnley, were he declared his love for the club.
"I found myself making movies and that often brings me to London and when I get a chance, I like to watch this team," he said. "I was making Robin Hood 25 years ago and I said 'I wanted to go see somebody play' and we came to see Arsenal.
"It was at the old stadium and I can remember being taken with the emotion of it. I don't pretend to be a super-fan or be very knowledgeable. They're my team and when I come, I try and see them play."
'Always Sunny in Philadelphia' star DeVito famously declared his love for the Gunners at the National Television Awards in 2019. The actor was presenting the best drama performance award at the O2 when he revealed his admiration for the club.
"This is a big week for me this week," he said. "It's really nice for me to be here. I've got tryouts. I'm going to get Petr Cech's job. Go Arsenal!"
The actor was greeted by a chorus of boos, most likely from Tottenham fans.
Many Arsenal supporters may remember Foxx being heavily involved in the 2016/17 kit launch in Los Angeles. The actor announced his love for the club before Santi Cazorla, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal showed off the new strips.
Fox picked up the microphone before chanting, "Jamie Foxx is a Gooner, Jamie Foxx is a Gooner,", over and over again.
The second Spider-Man was once spotted wearing a grey sweatshirt with the initials 'AFC' printed on them back in 2014. The actor, who famously made his return to the red and blue suit in 2021, will enjoy bragging rights with fellow Spider-Man, Tom Holland, who is a Spurs supporter.
Former running back Ajayi once admitted his love for the Gunners in 2015 when he wore the famous red jersey under his Dolphins strip during a visit to London.
Last year, during an interview with NFL UK, Ajayi was unable to hide his excitement at meeting his childhood hero Henry. The former NFL star was initially speechless at the Frenchman's presence before they discussed a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.
Current San Francisco 49ers running back McCaffrey has been a Gooner since the 2019 pre-season trip to the USA. Unai Emery's side took part in the International Champions Cup and avoided defeat against Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid.
In the 3-0 win over Fiorentina, McCaffrey attended and announced his support for the club on the club's social media page. He said: "Arsenal fans, it's official. A huge announcement from me, Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers running back, I'm officially a Gooner!"
In 2017, the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns descended at Twickenham. Upon the arrival to the stadium, Minnesota's Thielen showed up wearing a personalised Arsenal shirt, which he later revealed was purchased after the Gunners' 2-1 defeat of Swansea the previous day.
Boston Celtics shooting guard Brown once admitted his admiration for the club in an interview with the Guardian in 2018. Discussing the prospect of playing in London, Brown insisted he wanted to see Arsenal play.
“I like Barcelona because of the players they’ve had traditionally – from Ronaldinho to Messi," he said. "I really like Arsenal too. I like their tradition, and their diehard fans. I hope to see them in London. I think Thierry Henry is going to be there so I’ll just hit him up and see if I can get some access to the [stadium] tour, get some shots on the field. Last summer I became really close with Thierry. I got to talk to him and we keep up with each other and he gives me advice – about sports and life. He’s one of the all-time greats.”
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