Arsenal's match tonight will once again highlight the Club's ongoing commitment to the Arsenal for Everyone initiative, a scheme which embraces the diversity and equality of the Club and its fan base.
The match falls closest to February 19 which is a designated day committed to opposing homophobia in football known as ‘Football v Homophobia' which is driven by the Justin Campaign. The initiative aims to unite communities and teams worldwide in their opposition of homophobia in football.
Arsenal's CEO, Ivan Gazidis said: "Arsenal is committed to ensuring that everybody connected with Arsenal is treated equally, with dignity and respect every day."
The Club launched the Arsenal for Everyone initiative three years ago in a bid to move from an anti-racism message to a celebration of the diversity of the Arsenal family. It also forms part of the Club's work towards the advanced level of Kick It Out's Equality Standard, a framework devised for clubs to help with their equality and diversity practices.
Tonight the players will warm up in the recognisable Arsenal for Everyone t-shirts and the Club's Arsenal for Everyone flag will be rolled out to celebrate the diversity of the team. Watch out for further details on Arsenal.com on how to get your hands on one of the t-shirts worn by the players during the warm-up.
Last month saw the culmination of Arsenal in the Community's Arsenal for Everyone initiative which is delivered by the Club and funded by the Premier League - PFA fund. The project draws parallels between the diversity of the Arsenal squad and the Club's local communit
Thanks to support from Islington Faiths Forum the finale event hosted at Emirates Stadium gave pupils from St John's Highbury Vale, Islington and Glebe and Moriah Schools from Harrow an opportunity to learn more about different religions through engagement and small sessions with local representatives from each of the six major world religions - Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 23 Feb 2011