Arsenal donate £100,000 to help in fight against the coronavirus

Gunners are latest Premier League club to make substantial commitment to local charities

File photo dated 27-02-2019 of the Emirates stadium. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 24, 2020. Arsenal have pledged a £100,000 donation to local charities supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. See PA story SOCCER Coronavirus Arsenal. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire.
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Arsenal have pledged a £100,000  (Dh428,000) donation to local charities supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League club announced their latest contributions on Tuesday, which also includes using company cars – driven by Arsenal in the Community staff – to transport NHS workers and help deliver supplies.

"Arsenal Football Club has never shied away from responding to the needs of its community. In these uncertain times we are taking a series of steps to ensure our local and global communities receive our full support," the club said in a statement.

"The Arsenal Foundation will donate £100,000 to local charities and organisations that are supporting those most in need during this COVID-19 crisis.

"We are in constant dialogue with Islington Council and our partners in the NHS to ensure this response is aligned with their priorities and supports those most vulnerable.

"A further £50,000 already donated to local community initiatives by The Arsenal Foundation, in partnership with Islington Giving, will also be re-directed to Islington Giving's Crisis Fund as part of this COVID-19 community response.

"From Tuesday, March 24, we will make all Arsenal in the Community cars available to transport frontline NHS mental health workers.

"Driven on a voluntary basis by Arsenal in the Community staff, this service will support NHS workers in delivering vital medication and emergency supplies."

With London the hardest hit area of the United Kingdom in terms of the number of coronavirus cases, Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham is keen to keep the connection between club and supporters.

"Arsenal Football Club exists to make our fans proud and create a sense of community for people in Islington, across the UK and around the world," he said.

"During these uncertain and unprecedented times, we will endeavour to ensure that remains the case."

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the month, with the whole first-team and backroom staff going into self-isolation as a result.

They were due to return to training on Tuesday but that has been put back given the ever-changing circumstances.

Every Premier League have made various commitments to local charities during the shut down.

On Saturday, Manchester City and Manchester United announced they were joining forces to donate £100,000  to support the city's food banks amid the coronavirus crisis.

Liverpool have agreed to donate £40,000 to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, while the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Brighton, Manchester City and Newcastle United have all sent their matchday food supplies to homeless charities and schools.