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Soccer duo were gunning for Clare in hurling final

Suzanne McGonagle s.mcgonagle@irishnews.com

Clare hurlers received support from an unexpected duo ahead of the all-Ireland senior final replay with two arsenal players getting behind the team. Arsenal's lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla showed their support for the hurlers by posing with hurls and holding a sign which read 'Up the Banner'.

The photograph, which was posed in the arsenal dressing room, was tweeted by German international Podolski ahead of Clare's win over Cork on Saturday. The footballer also tweeted a message for the Clare side.

"Good luck @GaaClare @ClareHurlers for all-Ireland final. Today Santi & me smashed it over the bar".

The picture was posted as arsenal were preparing for their Premier league clash away to Swansea.

It is understood that the inspiration behind the message was arsenal first team physio Declan lynch.

Mr lynch played rugby for the limerick based team, Shannon, and worked with the Ireland Under-20s and london Irish.

Other Irish links with the london football club include former rugby internationals Jerry Flannery and Johnny O'Connor, who are on work placement at the club's academy.

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