Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Premiership superstars turn out to watch basketball at London's O2 Arena.

Premiership stars swapped their footballs for basketballs last night as they turned out en masse to watch the LA Lakers at London's O2 Arena.

But not being a particularly popular sport in the UK, could it have been the team's world famous cheerleaders that lured them across London on a cold and wet evening?

Stars from Arsenal and Chelsea were snapped in their VIP front row seats at the sold out pre-season game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A perfect spot to watch the match - and check out the scantily-clad ladies dancing their socks off before and during the game.

Maybe they'd had a word with David Beckham who is a regular at the LA Lakers games in Los Angeles, and has been snapped a couple of times cheekily checking out the cheerleaders.

The Laker Girls performed their energetic routines in yellow shorts and cropped tops that showed off their toned midriffs.

They also treated their delighted onlookers to a costume change and came out for another number in tiny purple skirts and cropped tops.

But while they may have been the main attraction for some, let's not forget there was actually a basketball game going on.

And there was a lot of famous faces in the crowd at the Docklands venue who had come to watch the Lakers and the Timberwolves in action.

Snapped in the front row was four of Arsenal's biggest stars who had taken the night off and headed east for the big game.

Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen, Francesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela sat together and looked as though they were having a great night as they laughed and chatted together and attentively watched the game.

Also in the audience was Sunderland stars Darren Bent and Anton Ferdinand, West Ham's Carlton Cole, Manchester City's Joleon Lescott and Shaun Wright Phillips, Fulham's Bobby Zamora and Aston Villa's Steve Sidwell.

They were joined by Chelsea star Ashley Cole and Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas.

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