Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj introduces Gunner the dog!
Last Updated: 11/01/18 7:10pm
Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj introduces Gunner, the dog his wife allowed him to get after he scored twice against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The American, who arrived at the City Ground in 2013, scored twice in Forest's 4-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday and said afterwards his wife had promised him a four-legged friend if he scored a hat-trick this season.
Lichaj took to Twitter on Monday, asking "anyone who is bored" to send "dog pics, memes, gifs" to @KatPerko - his wife's Twitter handle - and plenty of users joined in using the hashtag #GetEricADog.
And on Tuesday night Lichaj revealed his wife had finally relented and that his family were now the proud owners of a new arrival called 'Gunner'!
"He's probably more well known than I am now!" he told Sky Sports News. "I've been wanting a dog for the last three or four years and I've always been showing my wife dog pictures and which breed is best for families, and which of them don't shed that much because she didn't want dog hairs.
"So she would always play along with me, then she decided one day she'd had enough of it and told me that I would have to score a hat-trick to get a dog.
"Then the other day against Arsenal I got two, and I got interviewed afterwards and it came to me that I wanted the penalty for the hat-trick for the dog.
"So I thought I'd go on Twitter and put some pressure on her, and the Nottingham Forest fans bombarded her with messages, and she said there were well over 1,000 tweets and pictures, and she'd had enough of it and said I could get one, and here he is!"
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