In partnership with Paddy Power and Stonewall, a gay rights charity, Arsenal have stepped up to help “kick homophobia out of football” with the #RainbowLaces campaign. Everton were the first EPL team to join the cause, and hopefully more sides will throw their support behind it.
With hopes of raising awareness of the issues surrounding homophobia in football, Arsenal teamed up with Paddy Power and Stonewall to produce a short video that is as funny as it is effective.
Gunners stars Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla all feature in the clip. And just to give you a little taste of what’s in store, here’s what the PP blog had to say from behind the scenes of the taping:
The director, Jim Gilchrist, asked Olivier Giroud to take inspiration for his line from a certain Hollywood blockbuster.
“What is Zoolander? I do not know Zoolander,” came the bewildered reply from the 27-year-old Chambery-born striker.
“Should I just act more French?”
We don’t want to spoil any more of the punchlines, so just give the video a watch.
Players are being urged to to show their support by lacing up with rainbow laces over the Sept. 13-14, or Rainbow Lace weekend.
And remember … COWABUNGA!
(h/t Reddit, Image: Getty)
Troll on, Theo
Arsene Wenger yesterday moved to distance himself from rumors he is set to buy a striker in January. The Arsenal boss thinks they have enough firepower with Theo Walcott not far from a return.
However, if today’s newspapers are to be believed then Wenger is set for a swoop for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The forward looked set to leave in the summer before signing a new long-term contract. It could take a sizable sum to tempt Villa to part with their star striker.
For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.
Hey Gunner faithful, do you want your very own pair of Arsenal themed jeans?
No need to answer the question just yet, the pants aren’t available for purchase, these were created for fun by Arsenal fan Duval Timothy.
These would certainly rival Liverpool’s new kits for worst club apparel of the year, but who knows, maybe this is the start to a new designer trend.
Image via @ProudGunnerAFC
A number of you noticed and commented on the artwork used to illustrate Rob Stone’s BPL preview this weekend. (It was assembled by ace photo editor Laura “Queenie” Nunez.)
But there’s a story behind it. Literally.
The mystery writer Janice Law has published dozens of books, but her newest, The Fires of London, stands out. It’s a noir take on a real person — the painter Francis Bacon as if he had been Sam Spade — and it’s been particularly well-reviewed.
Law also has a personal connection to FOX Soccer — the editor-in-chief of FOX Soccer is her son. So, with her permission, we slipped an “easter egg” onto the site.
We want to credit the fine folks at Open Road who did the original design, and Mysterious Press for releasing the book. And if you like this sort of thing, we encourage you to check it out on your e-readers or at Amazon.
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