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Arsenal Legends to take on Real Madrid Legends

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It’s for charity!

Arsenal v AS Monaco FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

One of the things we don’t do enough to highlight is the good work of the Arsenal Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is “to help young people fulfill their potential”, and they serve that mission by working with partners all over the world through their partnerships with Save The Children, the Willow Foundation (England’s version of Make A Wish), and, closer to home, Islington Giving.

The latest event being put on by and in aid of the Foundation is a two legged tie against Real Madrid (the Madrid leg benefits RM’s own Foundation). This is not just any old tie; this is Codgers Playing Football. The codgers in question, of course, are Arsenal legends, who occasionally come together for a charity match like this; the last one they did was against AC Milan in 2016.

Will there be coverage of this event? Probably not. Should there be? One hundred percent. I’m a sucker for games like these, as well as for the long-lost testimonial match; they remind me that sports are supposed to be fun, and that watching old guys run around trying to recreate their glory days for a good cause is a tremendous amount of fun.

The match in Madrid is set for June 3, and the return leg at the Emirates is on September 8.