Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi was spotted beaming with a smile, as he and other players in The Gunners turned out in their large numbers to attend the London club’s latest charity venture.
Iwobi was ecstatic at various points of the event on Thursday night, as The Gunners attended the club’s ‘A Night To Inspire’ charity ball in London, with a view towards raising money for Arsenal’s foundation.
The Super Eagles’ star and his pals were joined by players from Arsenal’s women’s team, along with over 300 guests, as a total sum of £428,000 was raised through various means; with players offering masterclasses and auctioning off pieces of kit.
Iwobi and his colleagues in the men’s team together pledged £90,000 to help bolster the foundation’s funds, with many of the players showing a lot of excitement to be in attendance at the event, which was hosted by UK television personality, Dermot O’Leary.
The club said money raised will help fund many projects the foundation supports, as well as the club’s Coaching For Life programme, which is run in conjunction with Save the Children.
Throughout the evening, guests were shown videos which highlighted the work of the club, with another tag, Making a difference all around the world, also popping up intermittently.
One segment showed a Syrian refugee in an Arsenal shirt talking about how he has been helped by the work of the foundation since he left the war-torn country.
Iwobi was sited alongside German playmaker, Messut Ozil, while his other colleague in The Gunners’ mid-section, Armenian star, Henrikh Mkhitaryan hosted a masterclass with a handful of kids.
He said: “Everything went well. They were very happy and I was happy. Most important is people raise money for the Arsenal foundation.
“We did some small training sessions like drills, passing drills and a small box. We are trying to do as much possible as we could, a small game, two a side, it was nice.’
Iwobi and his pals will now turn their attention back to the pitch, with the next game coming up on Sunday against Leicester City in the English Premier League, for which they are still in contention for a top four spot.
After that will be a return to starring in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, but it is first on Sunday that Iwobi et al will hope to excel, following the agony of a 3-1 defeat away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.