Jonny Evans is travelling further than most for his chance at meeting his heroes.

The 11-year-old from Kohimarama, a suburb of Auckland, will lead his team out at the Emirates ahead of the Liverpool game after he was selected to be the side’s mascot for this massive Premier League clash and he couldn’t be more delighted.

Registered as a Junior Gunner by his gran when he was just four years old, Jonny arrived in London on April 1st with his dad, a self-described ‘die-hard Gooner’ and will be the JG who has travelled the furthest to take up this role.

”I’m amazed and excited,” he said. ”I get to hang out with the players in the dressing room, practice with the team before the game and get VIP seats.”

Jonny will accompany Arsenal’s captain on the day (who knows who the hell that will be with Mikel Arteta coming back from injury, and Per Mertesacker not guaranteed a spot, leaving it likely to be Santi Cazorla) and then help the goalkeeper warm up before kick-off.

Receiving a video from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain asking him to document his journey for the club, Jonny added “They’re all saying my Dad is more excited than me!”

A trip to meet the Arsenal players in the dressing room awaits Jonny before taking VIP seats to watch the game.