Arsenal players paid their annual festive visit to children at the Whittington Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The Club has a long-standing tradition of visiting the north London hospital at Christmas time.

This year captain Thomas Vermaelen, Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Wojciech Szczesny attended from Arsène Wenger's first-team squad, meeting young patients and their parents and handing out gifts.

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