RIP Maria: Arsenal fans mourn as Gunners superfan Maria Petri dies

Arsenal superfan Maria Petri

Tributes have started pouring in following the death of Arsenal superfan Maria Petri at the age of 82.

Petri began her journey as a supporter of the London club in 1950. She has been a fixture at Highbury and the Emirates ever since.

She was also an ardent supporter of the Arsenal Ladies side from their founding in 1987.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said in a statement released by the club on Friday, “We are all really sorry to hear the news. She was an integral part of our support and our community. The way she transmitted Arsenal values and the feeling of this football club was something I have never seen before.

“She was everywhere, every single week and she will be missed. Big time.”

Petri was a school teacher before retiring and was famed for how vocal she was at matches.

She told DAZN earlier this year that she took Arsenal as her family as she was an orphan.

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