Jay-Z: 'I support Arsenal NOT Man City'

Plus rapper hints that he may invest in the Gunners in the future

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Jay-Z has spoken of his love for Arsenal FC, confirming that he has supported the team for the past few years.

The rapper's support of Arsenal was questioned last year, when he was photographed as a guest of Manchester City when the team beat their London rivals 4-2 at the City Of Manchester Stadium.

However, in an interview with Arsenal Magazine, Jay-Z has now confirmed that he's definitely a Gunner.

"After that game the press started reporting that I was a Manchester City fan, I am really glad all that has been cleared up and that everybody in the UK knows that I am an Arsenal fan," he explained.

The rapper added that he first became aware of Arsenal when Thierry Henry was still playing for them.

"It was about five years ago now," he said. "When Thierry Henry was at the club I saw him play and I just thought he was an amazing player. Ever since then I have been a big fan of the club, following you guys, and still today you play the beautiful football that Thierry did. I think he had a real long term-effect on the team."

He added that he thinks current Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas "is a great player", and that he's keen to hook up with the entire squad at some point in the near future.

"I don't know if there are any fans in the current team," Jay-Z said, "but if there are they would be more than welcome to come to my next concert when I am over in London. They can come and see me do my work, and then I will come and see them do their work."

Meanwhile, Jay-Z - who owns a stake in the New Jersey Nets basketball team - hinted that he would be open to investing in the club should the opportunity arise.

"I am a businessman, and I will always look at an opportunity, and if it feels right great," he said, before adding: "I don’t know a lot about the business of soccer, but in the future if the right opportunity presented itself, then who knows?"

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