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Top Arsenal players Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin and Bacary Sagna dressed up in furry animal costumes to raise money for sick children this week.

They dressed up as a lion, rabbit, shark and an owl to walk the streets and fundraise for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH).

Club manager Arsene Wenger said, “The team and I have met some patients from Great Ormond Street Hospital on several occasions…and we’re all struck by the strength and courage they show in fighting their illnesses. We understand the importance of helping to improve the facilities at the hospital and we’re encouraging all Arsenal fans to help in whatever way we can.”

The players each donated a day’s wages to the team’s “Be a Gooner. Be a Giver” campaign. They hope to raise 500,000 Euros (US$740,000) toward a lung function unit for children who have difficulty breathing or sleeping.

The players and Wenger star in a promotional video for their fundraiser. The club is conducting a fundraising matchday. Supporters are encouraged to contribute via www.beagoonerbeagiver.org.

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