What happened when Arsenal fan Jay Ajayi met his childhood hero Thierry Henry


The NFL returns to London today as the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints contest their week four match-up at Wembley.

The opportunity to play abroad does not come around often for stars of the NFL, meaning that it is a special day for all participating in today's game.

However, no-one will have been looking forward to this day more than Jay Ajayi.

Although Ajayi has spent the majority of his life in the United States, he was actually born in London and thus is one of just a handful of English born players in the NFL.

To play on the famous Wembley turf in front of his home fans is most certainly a dream come true for Ajayi, but his day was made even more special for another reason.

Naturally, having been born in England, the 2016 Pro Bowler is an avid football fan.

His team of choice is Arsenal, and he would have spent much of his youth watching Arsene Wenger's incredible sides of the early 2000's.

As a result, having watched Thierry Henry at the peak of his powers, the Frenchman became an idol of Ajayi's.

Arsenal's Patrick Vieira (L) and Thierry

Speaking of Arsenal and his hero in 2015, the former Boise State player noted how Henry inspired him to take part in sport.

Ajayi said "My dad wouldn’t have let me or my brothers live in the house if we weren’t Arsenal fans, and it was always on TV whenever they were playing.

"Growing up I played soccer, and I looked up to guys like Thierry Henry; he’s probably one of my biggest role models, and he really got me into playing sports.

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"To see how great he was for Arsenal, and of course the Invincibles team - it was a special time to be able to watch Arsenal win the league and everything else."

And prior to today's game, Ajayi's day was made even more special as he got to meet his childhood idol for the first time.

It was an emotional moment for the NFL star, and you can watch his reaction here:

It has already been a superb day for the Miami running back; made even better by the fact that Arsenal defeated Brighton 2-0 earlier today.

He will be hoping that he can lead the Dolphins to victory to cap off what will undoubtedly be one of the greatest days of his life.

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