'Helping community part of our history'

Serving the community is part of the history of Arsenal Football Club, according to Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal manager, plus England internationals Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, visited a Teenage Cancer Trust facility on Friday that was part-funded by The Arsenal Foundation.

Wenger and his players will donate a day's wages to the Foundation for the Club's charity matchday against Everton on Sunday and the Frenchman is proud of Arsenal's vital work away from the pitch.

"I'm very proud because it was a tradition when I arrived," said Wenger.

"I'm very proud because it was a tradition when I arrived"

"Arsenal is involved a lot in the community. It's part of the history of the Club and we always want to be a club that respects tradition and is deeply integrated in the community and as well goes forward, and has a forward thinking way to deal with that.

"It is good to see it [the funds raised] is well used. On our side you feel a bit guilty not to give enough of your time and you come always out thinking that you should do more, but you are as well impressed how well their work is done and how well the money we have given to the charity is used."

Siobhan Dunne, chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust, says Arsenal's support has made a huge difference to the lives of their patients.

"We were charity of the season with Arsenal back in 2008/09 and amazingly the Club raised more than double the target and raised over £560,000 through a lot of different events," she said.

"The money that Arsenal raised helped us build our daycare centre - it's the first of its kind and it allows young [patients] to have treatment during the day and actually go home and keep in touch with friends and family during their treatment.

"We are thrilled to continue to work with Arsenal. As much as the money is important, the relationship we have with the Club and with the manager [is also important] - over the last five years Arsene has been to the unit on a number of occasions with different players.

"That makes such a difference and a tremendous impact psychologically on young people."

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