Arsenal FC will put Samir Nasri’s special edition home football shirt, worn at Arsenal’s Premier League match against Manchester United on 8 November 2008, on auction site eBay in aid of The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes early next week.
The Frenchman, who found the back of the net twice in the Gunners’ stunning 2-1 victory over Manchester United, has donated this special edition shirt worn by players for the first time in the Club’s history to mark Remembrance Sunday.
Players wore a shirt with a poppy embroidered onto the chest of their distinctive red and white jerseys. Following the match, players signed the shirts and they have been auctioned and raffled in a variety of ways in order to help these two organisations that support servicemen and women and their families.
Samir Nasri’s shirt will be the only Gunners jersey to be put on eBay by Arsenal Football Club.
By way of update, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas donated their shirts to The Sun newspaper to support Help for Heroes whilst the Club has raffled Denilson’s, Manuel Almunia’s and Abou Diaby’s jerseys for the two causes. Watch out for a supporters raffle at Arsenal’s Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday 25 November to win one of these unique shirts.
Arsenal Captain William Gallas said: “Since playing in England I've great respect for this tradition of wearing a poppy to remember servicemen and women each year, so it was an honour for us to show our support on the pitch. We hope these shirts can raise a lot of money for these wonderful causes.”
Supporters have been encouraged to place silent auction bids for a shirt and the auction will close at the end of the month.
Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion, said: "Once again we are most grateful for the support of Arsenal Football Club and its loyal supporters.
"As an Armed Forces charity, we will ensure the funds raised help to support Armed Forces past and present, and their families."
Bryn Parry, Co founder of Help for Heroes said: “This is a wonderful idea and we are so grateful to Arsenal for their support. Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal are working closely together to ensure that, especially at this time of year, we remember those who have died as well as fundraise to care for those who have been wounded in the service of our country. The association with sport and with football in particular, will strike a chord with our servicemen and women who will gain strength from knowing they are being supported by the Gunners.”