Arsène Wenger, Jack Wilshere and Arsenal Ladies captain Alex Scott took part in a community football event in north London on Wednesday to celebrate the start of the new Premier League season.
They joined representatives from last year’s champions Leicester City, West Ham and newly promoted Burnley at the kick-off event.
The Arsenal trio met local youngsters from Arsenal in the Community’s Kicks programme and primary schools . They spoke to participants and offered up coaching tips, before facing the world’s media to speak about the season ahead and the club’s community work.
Arsène Wenger said: “It is a great opportunity for us to showcase some of the positive work that our club is doing to inspire and change the lives of young people by using the power of football. The pitches here are used weekly by Arsenal in the Community, so it is great for us to come and meet them where they play regularly. It is important that the children know that Arsenal cares and it is great to see them enjoying the game, having fun and developing their skills.”
Arsenal in the Community manager Freddie Hudson said: “It was fantastic for our young people to meet the manager, Jack and Alex at the launch. The three of them took time to get involved with our projects, and for them to visit one of the pitches that we work on every week is very inspiring.”