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Arsenal midfielder Gower recalls growing up with Swansea playing Dad Mark Gower

Arsenal midfielder Jimi Gower has recalled growing up with his father playing for Swansea City.

Gower is the son of former Swansea midfielder Mark Gower, who tasted Premier League football with the Swans.

Gunners youth teamer Gower told the club's website: "Looking back, I can still remember when I first worked out that my dad [Mark Gower] didn't have a 'normal job'. When I was only three years old, we moved to Wales as a family because my dad had just joined Swansea City, and that was obviously a big change for all of us, even for me as a kid.

"I'd be lying if I said that I can remember any specific league game from that time, but when I was around seven or eight, we went to the play-off final against Reading and that was a day I'll never forget. Going up to Wembley on a coach with all of our friends and family was just brilliant. That was a really special time for Swansea under Brendan Rodgers and it's pretty cool to know that my dad played such a key role in that side.

"It was only really when Swansea got into the Premier League that I can remember some of dad's games, otherwise anything before that is all a bit of a blur really. At that age, though, the coolest thing was collecting my dad as a Match Attax card and showing all my friends. Or picking him in a computer game for the very first time. I remember playing with my mates on career mode and we always used to sign my dad and try to get him to win the Champions League!"


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