Arsenal Foundation Day backed by legends Robert Pires and Bob Wilson, volunteers, generous fans and first team squad, raises record £309k

Arsenal legend Robert Pires proudly backed the club's foundation day. Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsenal legend Robert Pires proudly backed the club's foundation day. Arsenal FC via Getty Images - Credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images

The Arsenal Foundation Day backed by legends Robert Pires, Bob Wilson, the first team squad, volunteers and generous fans raised an incredible £309,000 for good causes.

Petr Cech backed the Arsenal Foundation Day. Pictured with a happy fan. Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Petr Cech backed the Arsenal Foundation Day. Pictured with a happy fan. Arsenal FC via Getty Images - Credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images

The charity matchday held before Christmas on the day of the Newcastle United match at the Emirates pulled in the record-breaking total to help thousands of young people both near and far.

Boss Arsene Wenger and his players continued their longstanding festive tradition of donating a day’s wages to the foundation with fans at the game and across the globe getting involved.

An Arsenal spokeswoman said: “Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, players, ballsquad and staff – this season’s Arsenal Foundation matchday raised a record £309,000.

“Funds will allow the foundation to build more safe places for children to play football around Emirates Stadium and overseas with Save the Children.

Mesut Ozil with an Arsenal fan. Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Mesut Ozil with an Arsenal fan. Arsenal FC via Getty Images - Credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images


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“We will continue our partnership with Bob Wilson’s Willow Foundation, helping to provide special days to seriously ill young adults – and we will work with youth homeless charity Centrepoint and many others through the Gunners’ Fund and Islington Giving.

“What brings the work of The Arsenal Foundation together is the belief that young people can thrive with the right support and the knowledge that Arsenal is behind them.”

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For more information and to get involved visit www.arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation.

Granit Xhaka visits Arsenal's sensory room at the Emirates. Credit: Arsenal Football Club/David Pric

Granit Xhaka visits Arsenal's sensory room at the Emirates. Credit: Arsenal Football Club/David Price - Credit: Archant

The Arsenal Foundation day raised a huge amount for good causes. Credit Arsenal/David Price

The Arsenal Foundation day raised a huge amount for good causes. Credit Arsenal/David Price - Credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Jack Wilshere pictured with an Arsenal Foundation top. Credit: Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

Jack Wilshere pictured with an Arsenal Foundation top. Credit: Arsenal Football Club / David Price. - Credit: Archant

Volunteers collecting outside the Emirates during the Arsenal Foundation day. Arsenal FC via Getty I

Volunteers collecting outside the Emirates during the Arsenal Foundation day. Arsenal FC via Getty Images - Credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsenal played with a special foundation badge against Newcastle United. Credit Arsenal FC via Getty

Arsenal played with a special foundation badge against Newcastle United. Credit Arsenal FC via Getty Images - Credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images

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