While some people get hung up on the fact that Arsenal captain Theo Walcott didn’t have a pennant to swap at the start of the game, or that the away dressing room was a bit of a mess post-game, Arsenal have shown their class by agreeing to fund two classrooms at Sutton United to the tune of £50,000.
According to the Islington Gazette, the Gunners wanted to allow Sutton to keep their share of the gate receipts but were precluded from doing so by FA rules.
So, they’ve agreed to meet the costs of developing the facilities at Gander Green Lane for the benefit of young players.
“The reality is that Arsenal have been superb all the way through this,” said Sutton manager Paul Doswell after the game.
“We think they’re going to help us with the classroom. It’s an amazing gesture from them – and one we’re very thankful for.
“It’s going to go into the community fund and they’ve promised us £50,000 which will buy us two classrooms.
“The money will be spent on 100 children, 16-18, on site. We’ll buy new dressing rooms, new classrooms, all our toilets will now be fixed.
“Everything you could want your house to look like, we’ll get it in order. It won’t be spent on players.”
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So, while there’s such a focus on the things that aren’t right with Arsenal at the moment, it’s worth highlighting what is a superb gesture from the club.
And away dressing rooms are always a mess afterwards, it’s not unique to Arsenal. Eejits.