WITH her Girl Next Door look, Nicole Holliday often got the pulse of Gunners fans racing.
The 29-year-old TV presenter from Highbury, north London, was a freelance presenter for Arsenal – delivering their Media Player interviews with the talented Gunners stars.
The stunner was also part of their Facebook Live team on match day, warming us up online ahead of the main event kick off until 2019.
Since her stint with the Gunners, she has become a radio host for talkSPORT, as well as working on the entertainment show Unmuted for Sky Arts.
ARSENAL BY AND BY
A devout gooner, Holliday is a fanatic fanatic – regularly cheering on Arsenal on social media.
She told SunSport how she landed the job of her dreams.
“I had made videos on YouTube after Arsenal games, kind of like game reviews, and I think one of the producers met them and texted me asking me to come over for a meeting, ”Nicole revealed.
“It all happened pretty quickly and out of the blue. I had been working as a presenter in entertainment for a few years. But I hadn’t made it into sports yet. Soccer videos were more of a passion / hobby. !
“I was so nervous at the start because I knew what an amazing opportunity it would be.
“I was born and raised in North London. I come from a family of Gooners so they were all very excited too.
“The strangest thing was getting used to sitting next to legends like Nigel Winterburn and eating pizza while watching games.”
Being a lifelong Arsenal fan, Nicole’s pinch moment came when she was asked to interview legend Tony Adams.
“It has to be my favorite interview,” she said.
“He wore the most amazing costume and was so adorable and funny. I’m never really nervous during interviews, but it was quite surreal to be sitting there chatting with him.
“Jens Lehman is really funny too, he has a lot of stories! All the guys are great to be honest, it’s always a real pleasure to interview them.
“I have probably interviewed Rob Holding the most. He’s hilarious and a lot of fun working with him.”
CAN I MARRY YOU?
Due to her high-profile work, Nicole is often stopped on the streets by Gooners who request a photo op. Some even ask for her hand in marriage.
She told us: “I love meeting the Arsenal fans. It’s not a daily occurrence, but I have been asked for pictures a few times and we will always discuss football afterwards.
“I’ve always found everyone to be super respectful and kind. But you get weird marriage proposals on Instagram. It’s still very flattering!”
No stranger to a blooper, Nicole recalled a moment when she embarrassed Arsenal favorite Aaron Ramsey in one particular interview.
“Most of the Arsenal interviews I’ve done are live so of course you never know what can happen in those scenarios. But sometimes you have to be careful with your wording.
“I still embarrassed Aaron Ramsey once by showing him an old social media profile that had a photo of him as a teenager with a slightly fishy haircut.
“He thought it was funny and we ended up discussing all of his questionable hairstyle choices in the past.”