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In Arsenal’s latest training session at the club’s London Colney training centre, exclusive footage shows Arsène Wenger talking through new tactics for the festive season.

He can be heard calling in first team players Alexandre Lacazette, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers, “come in, get closer”, to offer a never-seen-before team talk.

Arsène Wenger exclaims: “We have been through this. First, we cross, then we weave.”

The players can be seen repeating the Boss’ advice like a mantra before it’s revealed that he is, in fact, talking about knitting.

Arsène Wenger has revealed his festive knitting tactics to support Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day and can be seen showing off his expert woolly skills with a grin on his face.

On seeing Rob Holding’s disastrous three-armed red jumper, the manager puts his head in his hands in despair before claiming: “You don’t have to make your own sweater to make the world better. On Friday 15th December, join us and swap your kit for a knit.”

This year is the fifth year Arsenal is supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. Arsenal has fully embraced the woolly revolution, with players swapping their kit for a knit for a special squad photo and adopting new knit-names including Theo "Woolcott", "Sweater" Cech, Aaron “Lambsey”, Jack “Woolshere”, "Gra-Knit" Xhaka and Héctor "Baa-llerin".

By signing up, swapping your kit for a festive knit and donating to Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15 December, you’ll help the world’s forgotten children have a brighter future.

To help raise additional funds for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, Arsenal Football Club has created a range of exclusive festive Arsenal knits for all the family, which each carry a 20% donation of the RRP to Save the Children:

 Men’s Arsenal Christmas Jumper RRP £35

·    Ladies Arsenal Christmas Jumper RRP £30

·    Junior Arsenal Christmas Jumper RRP £25

·    Infant Arsenal Christmas Jumper RRP £20

·    This year, the Club is also launching its very first Christmas Jumper for Dogs (RRP £15) as well as a Baby Christmas Sleepsuit (RRP £15) - so even pets and little ones can join in! 

The Arsenal Christmas Jumpers are available from ArsenalDirect.com and from the Club’s three superstores (while stocks last.)

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 Jordan, Somalia and Indonesia.

Make the World Better with a Sweater!

For more information about Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day and to sign up visit ChristmasJumperDay.org

Facebook - www.facebook.com/ChristmasJumperDay

Twitter and Instagram - @savechildrenuk #ChristmasJumperDay


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.  Most recently, The Arsenal Foundation and Save the Children combined to build football pitches for vulnerable children in Iraq, 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