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Thursday, 3 November 2016 - 10:55am

First ever Arsenal squad photo in festive knits - Arsène Wenger and Arsenal players support Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day.

This year, Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Friday 16th December. As daft festive knits begin to sweep the nation, Arsenal’s first team has taken part in its first ever squad photo in Christmas Jumpers with Arsène Wenger to support the campaign.

Arsenal players are so excited about the campaign that some of the world’s leading football players including Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka have donned a Christmas Jumper. And it’s not just the men who are wearing festive knits. Players from the Arsenal Ladies team, including Jordan Nobbs, Leah Williamson and Fara Williams are supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day too.

To help raise funds for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, Arsenal Football Club has created a range of exclusive festive Arsenal knits, which each carry a 20% donation of the RRP to Save the Children (Men’s Arsenal Christmas Jumper RRP £35 and Ladies Arsenal Christmas Jumper RRP £30). The Arsenal Christmas Jumpers are available from ArsenalDirect.com and from the Club’s three superstores (while stocks last.)

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 its 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

All high res imagery downloadable here

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