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Arteta - This club tries to help others

Mikel Arteta

Monday's game against Manchester City marks the club's annual dedicated charity matchday, where the wide range of projects supported by the Arsenal Foundation are celebrated.

Players and staff at the club have donated a day's wages to the Foundation, and Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta says he is especially proud of the Gunners' charitable work.

"What I am proud of at this club is that we have a focus on charity and helping others throughout the year"

Mikel Arteta

"Last week some of the players were able to bring some Christmas joy to children in local hospitals, as we do every year," he writes in Monday's matchday programme.

"We do other visits and charity events throughout the season, and the Christmas ones are a bit different. But I think it's important to remember that we don't just help out at Christmas. What I am proud of at this club is that we have a focus on charity and helping others throughout the year."

Fifty pence from every programme sold on Monday will be donated to the Arsenal Foundation, and bucket collectors from Save the Children and Willow Foundation will also be operating at Emirates Stadium.

"I think this club is a great example - probably the best I have ever seen - in terms of trying to help others," said Arteta, who aims to return to full training next week.

"The players are really supportive, but I think it all starts from the top of the club and the philosophy we have here.

"The respect this club shows to people in difficulty is top drawer, and as supporters you play a big part in that. So we would like to thank you for that, and I hope you will continue to support the charity matchday tonight as well."

 

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