When Arsenal visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2007… and Emmanuel Eboue made her snort

Theo Walcott shares ‘pretty reminiscence’ of when Arsenal visited Queen Elizabeth II for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace in 2007… and Emmanuel Eboue made the monarch snort by telling her ‘I need to take care of your canine!’

  • Former Arsenal gamers shared their recollections of assembly the Queen in 2007 
  • The north London facet had been invited to Buckingham Palace to have afternoon tea 
  • The Queen was resulting from open the newly-constructed Emirates Stadium in 2006 
  • Because of this, the crew had been invited into her non-public residences for a gathering 
  • Arsenal’s conflict in Zurich on Thursday noticed a minute’s silence to pay respect
  • Full protection: Click on right here to see all our protection of the Queen’s passing

Former Arsenal stars have taken to social media to share their recollections of a 2007 assembly with Her Majesty the Queen.

Her Majesty was resulting from lower the ribbon on the membership’s newly-constructed Emirates Stadium after their transfer from Highbury in 2006, however was unable to attend, and as an alternative invited the facet to Buckingham Palace. 

Each Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Eboue had been members of the Arsenal squad after they had been invited to have afternoon tea with Her Majesty the Queen 15 years in the past. 

The Queen invited the Arsenal squad to Buckingham Palace to have afternoon tea in 2007

The Queen invited the Arsenal squad to Buckingham Palace to have afternoon tea in 2007

Thierry Henry guided Her Majesty by his team-mates who she greeted individually

The Southampton winger, now 33, retweeted a video of the Gunners’ royal assembly with the caption: ‘Beautiful reminiscence this…’

And Ivory Coast right-back Eboue shared his recollections of constructing Her Majesty snort after telling her: ‘We went there and Thierry Henry mentioned to me, “Please, Emmanuel, it is the Queen’s home, do not do something”

However regardless of the warning from his captain, the infamous dressing room joker was unable to comprise himself, and narrated a narrative that left each Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh laughing.  

The Gunners had been invited to the Royal Palace after the Queen was unable to attend the opening of the Emirates Stadium in 2006

‘”No drawback,” I mentioned, “Don’t fret”. So the Queen got here in and went alongside shaking every participant’s hand.

‘After she’d completed, I noticed all her corgis so I mentioned, “Ma’am, Ma’am”. She turned again & requested, “How are you?”. I mentioned, “Ma’am, I’m okay thanks, however please, I do not need to be a footballer any extra, I need to take care of your canine.”

‘[I said to the Queen] “I need to take them for walks, wash them, feed them. I need to be a canine carer”. The Queen, actually, she was laughing. Prince Philip was laughing too. All of the crew had been laughing!’

Arsene Wenger even suggested the grounds at Buckingham Palace were enough for 5-aside

Arsene Wenger even steered the grounds at Buckingham Palace had been sufficient for 5-aside

A video was posted late on Thursday night time from the Arsenal Presser Twitter account detailing the north London facet’s go to to Buckingham Palace. 

The video reveals the likes of Arsene Wenger and Henry main the get together on the Queen’s non-public residence, earlier than the legendary French striker launched every participant individually to the monarch to shake her hand. 

The Gunners had travelled to Switzerland to face Zurich of their opening group sport of this season’s Europa League marketing campaign and solely learnt the information of the Queen’s passing at half-time.

Because of this the resumption of the second half was delayed in order that each side might pay their respects with a minute’s silence in reminiscence of Her Majesty.

Both Arsenal and FC Zurich observed a minute's silence at half-time to commemorate the Queen's death

Each Arsenal and FC Zurich noticed a minute’s silence at half-time to commemorate the Queen’s demise

Old Trafford also fell silent as players and fans paid their respects to the late monarch prior to Manchester United's Europa League opener

Outdated Trafford additionally fell silent as gamers and followers paid their respects to the late monarch previous to Manchester United’s Europa League opener



Manchester United’s Europa League conflict with Actual Sociedad at Outdated Trafford and West Ham’s sport in opposition to FCSB within the Europa Convention League on the London Stadium went forward on Thursday night with pre-match tributes.

The Northern Eire Soccer League introduced that Friday night time’s matches between Cliftonville and Glentoran and Larne and Dungannon have been postponed.

The English Soccer League additionally confirmed that Friday night time’s Championship sport between Burnley and Norwich and the League Two match between Tranmere and Stockport had been postponed, with a choice on Saturday’s fixtures but to be made.


Friday’s play between England and South Africa males at The Oval, together with all scheduled matches within the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, is not going to happen.

Rugby Union

Northampton introduced the postponement of their Premiership Rugby Cup conflict in opposition to Saracens scheduled for Thursday night.

The Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all home aggressive video games this weekend as a mark of respect and the ladies’s summer time Check worldwide between Scotland and Spain on Sunday can also be off.


Play was suspended for the day on the BMW PGA Championship and there can be no play on Friday.

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Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix will go forward as scheduled with a minute’s silence deliberate earlier than observe on Friday and one other anticipated earlier than the race.

Horse racing

Racing at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday night was deserted. The British Horseracing Authority additionally introduced the conferences scheduled for Friday – together with the third day of the St Leger assembly at Doncaster – have additionally been cancelled.


The Nice North Run, the world’s largest half-marathon, is about for Sunday. Organisers cancelled its 5k sister occasion on Friday, with a choice of the primary race due on on Friday.


Friday’s Tour of Britain stage was promptly cancelled and in a while Thursday night the remainder of the tour, which was set to complete on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, was known as off completely.

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