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Gunners in Nigeria paint Kogi red for 2016 Arsenal Day

Hundreds of Arsenal faithfuls turned out in Okene area of Kogi state, Nigeria to celebrate ‘Arsenal Day’ in Nigeria for the tenth year in a row.

Reports say the town of Okene in the south central part of the most populated black nation in the World was painted red and white as fans arrived in their numbers on December 28 to show their unflinching for the North London outfit despite years of struggles as regards landing major trophies.

But despite 10 years of celebrations, those who turn up to the party have had precious little to cheer as there have been no Premier League titles in those 10 years, just one second place finish and two FA Cup wins.

The origins of the celebration are mostly unknown although rumours suggest that the festival first started when two villages banded together to celebrate the Invincibles’ success (in 2004), reaching the Champions League final and the opening of the Emirates Stadium.

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