Arsenal legend Ian Wright and superstar actor, Idris Elba have backed the Gunners plan to wear an all-white jersey in an anti-knife crime initiative move.
Arsenal will wear the all-white kit in their FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest on Sunday as part of the No More Red initiative alongside Adidas, raising awareness of knife crime and youth violence.
In 2021, 30 teenagers were killed in London. Of that 30, 27 were victims of knife crime.
Lending his support to the anti-knife crime initiative Ian Wright said: “Every young person deserves the opportunity to express themselves. The opportunity to exist within a safe environment. The opportunity to live free from fear of violence.
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We can never accept loss of life through youth violence as ‘normal’ in our city and it’s so important that we all work together to create a better environment for young people.
“By giving young people more places to play sport, more support, and access to individuals who can inspire them, together we can help make a difference to young people in London.”
Popular Arsenal fan and actor, Idris Elba also backed the anti-knife crime initiative
Elba said: “From the time young people leave school, until the time they’re at home with family, there is often a void, a dangerous spike of nothing to do, where nothing can easily turn to something dangerous.
“If there continues to be no options for this after-school period, we will always see gangs form. Let’s create options for these young people.”