Arsenal video ‘like a lottery win’ for Holloway Road business

Star striker Aubamey­ang drops in as Gunners support businesses recovering from lockdowns

Friday, 1st October 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Autoparts

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubamey­ang outside Autoparts in the advertisement

A MOTOR shop has been given an advertising boost by Arsenal Football Club and had a special visit from the club captain.

Pierre-Emerick Aubamey­ang, who drives a gold Lamborghini, dropped by to see the own­ers of Autoparts in Holloway Road to make a film as part of a drive to help local businesses recovering from the Covid-19 lockdowns.

John Selby, shop owner, said: “It has obviously been a very tough year with the restrictions. Lucky we were able to sell online and stay open but during the first lockdown there was nobody out. It was like one of those zombie films.”

John and Tara Selby in their Holloway Road shop which has been given a boost by Arsenal

Mr Selby and his partner, sister, brother and nephew were invited to watch Sunday’s game at the Emirates where Arsenal beat Tottenham 3-1. They were also joined by Mr Selby’s mum – it was her first ever football game.

He said: “Just to be on Arsenal’s Facebook page and Instagram was great exposure. Most businesses could never dream of something like this. I keep saying it, but it’s like a lottery win.”

A video was shown advertising the shop on the football ground on Sunday at the Emirates and a full-page interview was printed in the match day programme.

The family business has been running since 1973.

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