Host of Arsenal stars including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka spread Christmas cheer to sick children at local hospitals



Posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 by Thesun.co.uk

ALEXIS SANCHEZ was all smiles as he happily takes a selfie with a fan as a host of Arsenal players visited sick children in local hospitals.

A number of Gunners visited both the Whittington Hospital and Univeristy College Hospital where they gifted presents to patients, as well as playing an array of games with them.

Host of Arsenal stars including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka spread Christmas cheer to sick children at local hospitals
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez takes a selfie with a young child at Whittington Hospital

Host of Arsenal stars including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka spread Christmas cheer to sick children at local hospitals
Arsenal Women's duo Heather O'Reilly and Alex Scott joined stars from the men's team

Arsene Wenger gave his squad a break before Thursday's Europa League tie against BATE Borisov to spread cheer to those suffering this Christmas.

The likes of Sanchez, captain Per Mertesacker, Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Arsenal Women's duo Alex Scott and Heather O'Reilly attended Whittington Hospital.

While Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin visited patients at the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at the University College Hospital.

Host of Arsenal stars including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka spread Christmas cheer to sick children at local hospitals
Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud pose for a picture at the University College Hospital

The players looked overjoyed as they battled against patients and members of staff in games of pool, Connect Four and table football.

Even club mascot Gunnersaurus got involved as Arsenal took the time to giveback to the community.

And the players will be looking to keep a smile on their face when they welcome the Belarusian giants to the Emirates.

Wenger is likely to start a completely different side to the team that lost 3-1 to Manchester United at home last Saturday.

The North London club will be looking to get back to winning ways prior to Sunday's clash with Southampton at St Mary's.

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