Arsenal and Real Madrid legends to play home and away charity friendlies

Arsenal and Real Madrid is a spectacle tantalising enough to make any football fan’s mouth water profusely, and in the summer of 2018, Evening Standard understands that the two European giants’ honoured and coveted legends will square up in two friendly matches all in the name of charity and unity, a duo of encounters both home and away which will host a vast, glittering array of past favourites of the beautiful game.

Hugging each side of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the two-legged showdown will commence on June 3rd at the Santiago Bernabeu and the final tie will take place at the Emirates on September 8th, a couple of truly alluring dates to circle in the calendar, with a summer of uninterrupted football well and truly on the cards for all to marvel.

Los Blancos intend to use the proceedings from the matches to fund projects aimed at helping young underprivileged children, an inspiring pledge which will certainly inspire a new, driven generation of future stars. The Gunners will also strive to aid youngsters in need through the means of their very own Arsenal Foundation, which is felt not just in London, but around the globe.

With renowned, household names such as Robert Pires, Tomas Rosicky, Freddie Ljungberg and Sol Campbell for the north-Londoners and Raul, Guti, Xabi Alonso and Roberto Carlos for the Galacticos all preparing to lace up their boots once more, it’s certainly billed to be a titanic battle, and though the fixtures have been labelled as ‘friendly’, it won’t be short of competition, guile and above all, passion.

Speaking about the two scheduled matches, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez jubilantly proclaimed: “For Real Madrid it’s an honour to be able to celebrate this charitable footballing event with the historic Arsenal,

“A club friend, legendary, with a magnificent record and, above all, a club with values that emanate from the sport.

“The big football clubs, who are examples for fans around the world, have to be very aware of the most vulnerable, especially boys and girls.”

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