Arsenal Remembers

The north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur is our closest home game to Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on November 13.

The matchday will feature a number of elements which will mark Remembrance Sunday and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme, one of the most difficult and costly battles of the First World War.

As a mark of respect, our home shirt for this game will carry The Royal British Legion’s poppy embroidered on to the chest.

Before kick-off, two soldiers from the Royal Artillery (a supporter of each club) will carry a poppy wreath and place it in the centre circle as the teams assemble to observe a period of silence.

The Last Post will sound and Ode to Remembrance will be read by members of the Royal Artillery, while the mascots from the junior supporters' clubs will hold pictures of former Arsenal goalkeeper Leigh Roose and former Tottenham player Vivian John Woodward, who both left the football pitch for the battlefield in the First World War and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium


Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “We are extremely proud that the team will be paying their respects by wearing a special shirt playing in the north London derby on Sunday.

"It’s important that we remember the many people who have sacrificed so much and given their lives for our freedom. We hope that our special shirts can raise vital for those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces.”

Following Sunday’s match, each player will sign their shirt which will be auctioned in aid of The Royal British Legion.

Further details on how to bid for one of the special shirts will appear soon on and in future matchday programmes.

For further information on the Poppy Appeal and The Royal British Legion, please visit

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