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Arsenal warming up for Save the Children fixture

This Saturday sees Arsenal dedicate their match day to Save the Children when they play Fulham in the Premier League.

Players and staff will be donating a day’s wages and fans will also be encouraged to give what they can to support our education work in the UK and overseas.

To celebrate the announcement, Arsenal first-team players Andre Santos and Johan Djourou visited the club’s Emirates Stadium earlier this week to take part in a special Families and Schools Together (FAST) session run by the charity. 

Arsenal first-team players Andre Santos and Johan Djourou with children from a FAST programme

A number of fundraising initiatives will be taking place in and around Emirates Stadium in north London on Saturday too.

The Armoury and The Arsenal at Highbury House stores will be selling exclusive co-branded sportsbands, with at least £2 from each sale being donated directly to Save the Children.

50p from the sale of each matchday programme will also be donated to the partnership.

Bringing out the best

A special matchday raffle will also take place with prizes ranging from a signed Arsenal shirt and a personalised stone in the new North Bank Terrace at Emirates Stadium to a pair of tickets to see Coldplay live in concert at Arsenal’s home in June 2012.

Arsenal Football Club CEO, Ivan Gazidis said: “Arsenal has a tradition on and off the pitch of bringing the best out of young people and our partnership with Save the Children is built on the shared belief that every child deserves a basic education and the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

“I hope all supporters will take the opportunity to rally behind the dedicated matchday this Saturday and help to make the day a huge success.”

To contribute to Arsenal’s fundraising efforts for Save the Children visit: www.justgiving.com/beagoonerbeagiver

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