Players used radio-controlled New C4 model cars as their paintbrushes. As part Arsenal’s ‘Be A Gooner. Be A Giver.’ initiative, the artwork was commissioned in aid of Centrepoint - London’s largest youth homeless charity and Arsenal’s Charity of the Season 2010/11. The original artwork will be auctioned at Arsenal’s Annual Charity Ball next month.
Gael Clichy, Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny, assisted by two young people who are helped by the charity contributed to the 3 metre x 1.5 metre artwork. The Gunners aim to raise £500,000 to create a state-of-the-art service in a refurbished building in Soho, which will help homeless young people across London.
“It’s great to see the final piece sitting in the goal. It’s taken over 50 hours to create, which all started at the Emirates back in December last year. I think all three players enjoyed playing with the Citroen radio-controlled cars and hopefully they are as proud of the finished piece as I am. I’ve got my fingers crossed this will raise lots of money for Centrepoint,” Cook said.
“This is the second time I’ve been part of a very unique art project with Arsenal and Citroën for its Charity of the Season initiative. It’s a bit creative, it raises money and you are able to do something a little different with the young people who are the most important part of the Club’s partnership,” added Arsenal FC player Gael Clichy.