On Wednesday 4thDecember, Grief Encounter held ‘In Conversation with Arsene Wenger’, an intimate Q&A with the football legend himself, at Everyman, Muswell Hill. The sell-out event, with 250 guests, welcomed Arsene, special guest Pat Rice and host for the evening, Keith Fraser.
The night, held in support of leading child bereavement charity, Grief Encounter, raised a phenomenal total of £19,100, with 100% of donations directly supporting children and young people. Currently, 1 in 29 children in the UK are bereaved of a parent or sibling before the age of 16. Offering free, pioneering services to bereaved children and young people, Grief Encounter’s mission is to make professional, early intervention bereavement support available to all children who need it.
During his Q&A Wenger discussed his love for the beautiful game and of course, Arsenal; “I gave my brain, my head and my heart to the club. My heart is still there. When I arrived, it was a club with a touch of class, with respect, I was very proud to be there.” He went on to talk about his thoughts on Freddie Ljungberg as coach,“If Freddie can stabilise in the next 5 or 6 games you will need to put it to a guy with some experience. But I hope they take off with Freddie!”On the future of football, Wenger commented “what has not changed in the last 20yrs is the supporters, everything else in the game has changed. The money in football will double in the next 5 years.”
Richard Fogelman, Grief Encounter CEO, comments, “A huge thank you to all involved for helping us host this special night with the legend that is Arsene Wenger.”