Philadelphia Eagles's Jay Ajayi brings Super Bowl trophy to Arsenal
Jay Ajayi made sure that at least one trophy has been lifted at the Emirates this season...
The Philadelphia Eagles running back is an avid Arsenal fan after growing up in London and visited the club's stadium on Tuesday -- bringing his newly won Super Bowl trophy with him.
"I brought some silverware back to Arsenal," Ajayi said as he stepped onto the Emirates pitch -- seemingly knowing full well that the team may struggle to win some of their own this season.
Ajayi's Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in February, while Arsenal's only remaining hope for a trophy is in the Europa League -- having lost the Carabao Cup final, been knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round and languishing in sixth place in the Premier League.
Ajayi also met with England's national team ahead of their friendly against Italy at Wembley and addressed the players with a prematch talk.
"That was like a dream for me," Ajayi said, admitting that his original goal in sports was to make it as a footballer [not the American kind]. "I'm excited to see how those guys do in the World Cup and hopefully we can help them in our little way with our little speech."
He may not have fully given up on those footballing plans either after slotting away an impressive penalty during half-time of the 1-1 draw at Wembley -- and calling on England manager Gareth Southgate to take notice.
"Listen, Southgate, holla at me man. Did you see what I can do?" Ajayi joked.
Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.