An Arsenal fan has revealed that he’s already knocked back several offers to buy the necktie given to his son by Arsene Wenger after last Sunday’s game against Burnley.
On his lap of honour following his final game in charge at the Emirates, Wenger spotted seven-year-old Luca Iacurti holding up a sign asking for his tie, and the Frenchman duly obliged.
Since then, Luca’s father Rocco, 39, has been inundated with offers to buy the red tie, including a speculative bid of £1,000 – but he is steadfastly refusing to part with his son’s unique souvenir.
Speaking to The Sun, Rocco told his tale:
Somebody said in jest to me: ‘I’ll give you a grand for it.’ But we aren’t doing that.
We are not in it for the money. It’s a wonderful piece of history, an once-in-a-lifetime gift, and we are keeping it.
I am going to get the tie framed up for Luca and hang it up on his bedroom wall.
We made the sign up and hey presto it worked. Security were fine with us bringing it into the stadium.
Dad also revealed that little Luca was desperate to wear Wenger’s tie to school the following day and had to be talked out of if.
It’s never too early to learn that fun, special things aren’t for playing with – they’re for keeping absolutely pristine and hermetically sealed before selling off to the highest Ebay bidder in 20 years’ time.