Touching gesture: Arsene Wenger pens heartwarming letter to Chelsea fan who lost his mother
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger wrote a touching letter of condolence to two brothers in Australia whose mother was recently killed in a car accident.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wrote a touching letter of condolence to two brothers in Australia whose mother was recently killed in a car accident.
Jack and Blake Webster's mother, an Arsenal fan, was hit by a car when she was walking home from a friend's house. Wenger expressed his sadness on her death in a letter signed by him, which was sent to their house in Australia.
Jack, a Chelsea fan himself, was moved by this gesture and shared the letter on Reddit.
“So to begin with, and please don't kill me, I'm a Chelsea fan through and through. But today amazed me from how special Arsenal is”, said Reddit user JackWebster.
“So some back story, a couple of weeks ago, my mum was hit by a car walking home from a friends house and some hours later, she sadly passed away. My brother and basically my whole family are Gunners and always have been.
“One of my close friends got in touch with Arsenal and told them about what happened and they got back to him, sending us a letter of condolence and signatures from the players. Coming home from school and seeing how happy my brother and my father were was incredibly happy to see and changed the mood drastically.
“From this act, I have gained so much respect from Arsenal and Wenger, if he actually wrote the letter or not, it's the thought that counts. It amazes me that such a big club like Arsenal had the time to send us a letter and signatures all the way to Australia to cheer my family up, unlike Chelsea and my local club, the Newcastle Jets, didn't write back. You’re incredibly lucky to have such an generous board. :)”
Class act from Arsenal [Reddit u/JackWebster] pic.twitter.com/jyNsLOGHoq
— gooner (@goonerinho) May 12, 2016
Wenger's letter read: "Dear Blake and Jack,
"It was with great sadness that we learned recently of the death of your mother and, on behalf of us all at Arsenal Football Club, I do extend to you our very sincere condolences.
"I know that words mean so little at times such as these, but I do wish you to know that our thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad and difficult time.
"With very best wishes.
In a time when fan rivalries and squabbles are ever increasing, it's heartening to witness such a poignant story. Wenger's small gesture may have won many hearts.
The Norwegian, who took over from Jose Mourinho in 2018, will stay at Old Trafford until at least 2024, with the option of an extra year.
The 25-year-old Gray joins from Bayer Leverkusen, where he had been on loan from Leicester. The contract, till June 2024, includes the option for a fourth year.
The 28-year-old is the club's sixth signing of the summer, and joins the side ahead of their AFC Cup playoff clash against Eagles FC.