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Looking for an Arsenal Christmas jumper?

Here’s what these ugly sweaters are all about.

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I’ve been following Arsenal and the English Premier League for a long time now. So I often take offense when someone accuses me of not knowing anything about the game or the league, simply because I was born on this side of the pond. I’ve been over to see matches, know the chants and songs and can rattle off useless facts such as who was the manager of Charlton Athletic in 1999. (It was Alan Curbishley, if you’re interested),

The time has come, however, where I must admit there are some things in English football that I just don’t understand. For example, the Christmas jumper.

I know that in the UK a jumper is what we call a sweater. What I don’t get is why every club feels the need to put out an ugly Christmas sweater each year, and, more importantly, why do the fans buy them?

Well it turns out that there is a reason. Christmas Jumper Day has been held in the UK every year since 2012 and it’s all for a good cause. This year it took place last Friday. The benefactor of the event is Save the Children, a nonprofit which aims to assist children in need throughout the world.

In case you’re curious, the Mirror took the time to rank the Christmas Jumpers of all twenty Premier League clubs. Hopefully this will be the only list this year where Spurs (third) are ranked higher than Arsenal (eighth).

Christmas is fast approaching but if you want to get in on the festivities with an official Arsenal Christmas jumper, they’re available now.