Donald Trump's son Barron plays football on White House lawn in full Arsenal kit
Busy week for President Trump also sees him welcome Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots to the White House
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 20/04/17 4:00pm
While fan protests have become increasingly common this season, Arsenal can take comfort from the support they appear to enjoy within the White House.
As President Trump and First Lady Melania hosted parents and children for the annual Easter Egg Roll celebrations on the White House lawn, their son Barron decided to take a break from proceedings.
And it seems 11-year-old Barron has nailed his colours to the mast after he was photographed playing football wearing Arsenal's full red and white strip, including the socks.
Barron may have been something of a good luck charm for the Gunners, who ended their run of four Premier League away games without a win after beating Middlesbrough 2-1 on Easter Monday.
A number of players from four-time MLS Cup winners DC United were also in attendance at the White House that day, and striker Patrick Mullins revealed he chatted about football with Barron.
"He was very knowledgeable about soccer, knew about DC United and was interested to know more," Mullins told the Washington Post.
"Little kids like to have a passion for the game and to be knowledgeable and have a conversation with us, it makes me feel good about kids growing up playing the game."
Meanwhile, Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke donated $1m to Trump's January Inauguration, documents released by the US Federal Election Commission on Wednesday have shown.
Fulham owner Shahid Khan also donated $1m to the inauguration - which raised a total of $107m - while Manchester United director Joel Glazer chipped in with $250,000.
President Trump also welcomed the Super Bowl LI champions New England Patriots to the White House on Wednesday.
The Patriots mounted the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history by overturning a 25-point deficit against the Atlanta Falcons in February, and Trump compared the triumph to his own political upset.
"It was a complete team effort. That's the beauty of what they do, they win as a team," Trump said of the Patriots.
"Pundits, boy, are they wrong a lot, aren't they? They said you couldn't do it."
One player made an impromptu appearance at a White House press before the official ceremony. Tight end Rob Gronkowski stuck his head in the door of the briefing room as Press Secretary Sean Spicer was holding a televised briefing.
Gronkowski jokingly asked Spicer whether he needed any help. Spicer, an avid Patriots fan, responded: "I think I got this. But thank you."
The team later presented the president with a personalised "Trump" No 45 jersey and a helmet from February's Super Bowl, the first such game to go to overtime.