Our community team joined up with Sutton United for a day of football ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fifth round tie.
Teams from our boys’, girls’ and mental health programmes met for a series of games at Gander Green Lane - on the same pitch the two first teams will meet on tonight.
Watching on was former Arsenal duo Craig Eastmond and Roarie Dacon, who will be hoping to come up against their old club with Sutton tonight.
Arsenal in the Community coach Dan Openshaw said of the day: "For our youngsters to get the chance to meet ahead of the FA Cup game - to play on the same pitch and use the same changing rooms as our first teams – it’s just been brilliant.
"We’ve been working with Sutton’s community guys for a while now – organising tournaments and trips to each other’s grounds. They work so hard and what they do is incredible really. To be able to celebrate that relationship and the work they’re doing has been brilliant.”
Arsenal in the Community and Sutton have been working together for the past couple of seasons – organising football tournaments and trips to each other’s grounds.
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