Arsenal Remembers

Poppies above the Armoury

A century on from the start of the First World War, the club is honouring those servicemen and women who sacrificed so much for our country in a number of ways.

Two giant poppies have been installed above Armoury Square overlooking Hornsey Road at Emirates Stadium. These will remain in place until Armistice Day on Tuesday, November 11.

At Saturday's match against Burnley, there will be a period of silence before kick-off.

We will also be marking our relationship with the Royal Artillery who are based in Woolwich, where the club was formed in 1886. The Arsenal Foundation is supporting the work of the Royal Artillery Museum. Club chairman Sir Chips Keswick will meet representatives of the Royal Artillery to present them with a cheque for £10,000. The funds will go towards the upkeep of the museum’s historic artefacts and to supporting educational projects for the local community.

In support of The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day on Thursday, October 30 Arsène Wenger and Mikel Arteta recorded messages for the club’s three local tube stations - Arsenal, Holloway Road and Finsbury Park. Transport for London (TfL) teamed up with a host of recognisable voices to encourage people to give generously in support of this London-wide initiative.

On Remembrance Sunday, Arsenal take on Swansea City and the team will wear poppy embroidered shirts. These will be auctioned after the game, with the money raised going to the Royal British Legion. Arsenal will also lay a wreath at the Islington War Memorial as the club has done for many years.

The Arsenal Academy have also been involved with the club’s remembrance activities too. Players and staff from Arsenal's under-19 team visited a First World War cemetery near Brussels after their Uefa Youth League match with Anderlecht on Monday, October 20.

Each player placed a poppy on the graves of the 'gunners' who lost their lives 100 years ago, as the team paid their respects and learned about the club's origins and historical links with the military.

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