Jay-Z and Coldplay's Chris Martin watch Arsenal against Manchester United

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American rapper Jay-Z and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin were in attendance at the Emirates Stadium to watch their beloved Arsenal play out a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

The musical A-listers share an unlikely friendship, and an even more bizarre love for the Gunners, with Jay-Z revealing in 2010 that his allegiance to the north London club was borne out of his admiration for Thierry Henry.

"It was about five years ago now," explained the ten-time Grammy Award winner. "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.

He added: "I love all sports, but what I really love is when people play sport in a beautiful way, and that's one thing Arsenal do for sure."

Jay-Z also spoke about the possibility of investing some of his own money in Arsenal, with the club still competing in the higher echelons of the Premier League and Europe.

However, Arsene Wenger's side are by no means guaranteed to qualify for the Champions League this year, with the Gunners currently occupying fourth spot, one point behind Chelsea and two ahead of Tottenham, who both have a game in hand.

"I don't know a lot about the business of soccer, but in the future if the right opportunity presented itself, then who knows? 

"I am a businessman, and I will always look at an opportunity, and if it feels right, great."

Theo Walcott put Arsenal 1-0 up against newly crowned champions Manchester United on Sunday, before Robin van Persie equalised from the penalty spot on his first return to the Emirates Stadium since leaving the club to sign at Old Trafford in a £24million deal last summer.


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