Photo: Frank Lampard ‘surrounded’ by Arsenal starlets ahead of north London derby

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard poses with the future of Arsenal ahead of the north London derby

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard poses with some Gooners Photo: Frank Lampard/Instagram

Frank Lampard’s popularity tends to transcend football rivalries.

The former England midfielder received a rapturous welcome at Stamford Bridge last weekend as he returned to his old employers Chelsea despite having left the Blues for Manchester City last season.

Lampard made the trip to another of Chelsea’s rivals, Arsenal, on Sunday afternoon in order to keep close tabs on his nephew, who plays for the Gunners youth team.

And the 37-year-old posed with some young Gooners at the training ground ahead of Sunday’s north London derby at Emirates Stadium.

Lampard wrote on the photo-sharing app: “Surrounded by some young gooners on a Sunday morning. Great to see my nephew @stanleyskipper8 doing his stuff in the middle of the park”

The former England midfielder won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and three League Cups during a 13-year stay at the west London side.

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Lampard scored eight times in 38 appearances during his one-season spell at City last term before he joined Major League Soccer outfit New York City FC.

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