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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 4:21pm

Arsène Wenger and his players are supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign in a new ‘silly just got serious’ film.

In Arsenal’s latest press conference, Arsène Wenger has responded to criticism that he is not taking the season seriously.

Joined by two of his first team players, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla, Wenger claimed that he and the team had “left no stone unturned” in their preparations and that they are “taking it extremely seriously”.

What becomes clear to people watching the video, hosted on The Arsenal Foundation’s Facebook Page, is that this is no ordinary press conference. As the camera pans out, Bellerin and Cazorla are revealed to be wearing Christmas Jumpers (which are available in Arsenal’s stores) and ludicrous festive decorations.

As silliness is set to sweep the nation on Friday 16 December for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day - Wenger, Bellerin and Cazorla called a press conference to let the British public know that they’ll be taking it very seriously.

“That’s right boss, we’re completely focused. 110%” says Arsenal’s right-back Bellerin as his antler head-dress snaps in half, leaving Cazorla looking bewildered.

Wenger asks everyone to follow in Arsenal’s footsteps and sign up to Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

To help raise funds for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, Arsenal Football Club has created a range of exclusive festive Arsenal knits, worn by Bellerin and Cazorla in the video, which each carry a 20% donation of the RRP (£35) to Save the Children. The Arsenal Christmas Jumpers are exclusively available (while stocks last) from ArsenalDirect.com and the Club’s three superstores, and are back in stock from this Friday 2nd December.

By signing up, sticking on a silly sweater and donating to Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 16 December, you’ll help to make sure the world’s forgotten children get to have a brighter future.

The Arsenal Foundation has been supporting Save the Children as their global partner since 2011 and has raised more than £2million to support the charity’s life-saving work. Most recently the Club has worked with Save the Children to build football pitches for vulnerable children in Iraq and Indonesia, as well as donating £500,000 at Arsenal’s Legends Match to build football pitches in Jordan and Somalia.

Wear a woolly. Save the Children. Silly just got serious.

For more information about Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day and to sign up click here

Facebook - www.facebook.com/ChristmasJumperDay

Twitter and Instagram - @savechildrenuk #ChristmasJumperDay

For more information contact Steph Aldrich on s.aldrich@savethechildren.org.uk or call 0203 763 0987.

Notes to Editors

About The Arsenal Foundation

The Arsenal Foundation uses the power of football and the Arsenal name to inspire and support young people in north London and across the globe.

Locally, the club supports a wide range of community and charitable projects, from helping to refurbish football pitches on estates and schools around Emirates Stadium to bringing together survivors of torture for football coaching, English language lessons and therapeutic support.

Internationally, the Foundation has raised over £2 million for its global charity partner,  Save the Children.  Projects include education projects in Indonesia and China whilst other donations have been made to support emergency appeals such as the typhoon in Philippines, the Ebola crisis and the Child Refugee Crisis.  In 2016, The Arsenal Foundation and Save the Children combined to build football pitches in camps for internally displaced people in Iraq, to give boys and girls fleeing war a safe place to play, and the chance to be children again. More football projects are underway in Indonesia, Jordan and Somalia.

What unites the projects supported by The Arsenal Foundation is the belief that young people can thrive with the right support and the knowledge that Arsenal is behind them.

For more information visit: www.arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

For more information visit: www.savethechildren.org.uk

“Wear a woolly. Save the Children. Silly just got serious” says Wenger.