Arsene Wenger has revealed his pride at the club’s multi-cultural squad after being tipped-off that the Gunners have now fielded 49 different nationalities during their 125year existence.
From Lithuanian Tomas Danilevicius, Libya’s Jehad Muntasser and South African Daniel Le Roux to Australia’s John Kosmina, American Danny Karbassiyoon and players from almost every European nation, Arsenal have truly established themselves as a club of global reach; a state of affairs which sees the Gunners making the world a better place according to Wenger.
“Many things make me proud of this football club, but something new came to my attention this week – we have now fielded players of 49 different nationalities,” the Frenchman told the Arsenal official matchday programme ahead of Saturday’s match with Bolton.
“I believe Arsenal has become, through these players, a worldwide club that is admired everywhere.
“The values of the Club are open-minded and down to pure sporting qualities.
“We can be very proud of that – it’s highly important in the modern world that football can be ahead of society and contribute to a better world tomorrow, so long may this progress continue.”
Now if that doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy on a Sunday afternoon, nothing will.
For a full run down on each of the nationalities represented, check out this very interesting article on Arsenal.com.