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Blind nine-year-old fan reacts to Aubameyang’s winning goal

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John Poulli filmed his son’s reaction to Arsenal’s winner on Sunday.

A nine-year-old football fan’s reaction to a winning goal has gone viral and shown you don’t need to see to enjoy a game.

John Poulli, 38, filmed his son’s reaction to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winning goal for Arsenal against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Mikey, who went blind two years ago, is a huge Arsenal fan, and John said moments like this are why they keep going to games.

He told the PA news agency: “I did not see the goal because I was looking at my phone and then all of a sudden I heard my son scream in my ear. The whole crowd went as well. I was more grateful I had caught that moment on camera than seen the goal myself.

“Being 2-1 down and pulling it back – catching my son’s reaction to that winner on video, I will cherish that more than seeing the goal live.”

After he posted the video on Twitter, Aubameyang replied with a heart emoji, before sending a private message.

Mr Poulli said: “He told me when he saw the video it made him cry, and god bless him, and he was just happy that he had made Mikey happy.”

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Mikey went to his first Arsenal game was he was five, before he went blind due to a rare eye disease. He now uses a special audio-kit to help him enjoy the games.

Mr Poulli said: “I take him because I know that he loves it. He loves soaking in the atmosphere, the songs and joining in. When a goal goes in he loves the roar of the crowd.”

The young fan also plays for the England blind team.

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“He is the youngest footballer to be scouted for England for the blind team.

“He is a very talented footballer, and I am sure one day he will make it as an England footballer.”

Mikey first went viral in August after sharing a video on his Instagram page of him meeting his football hero Alex Lacazette and touching his face.

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