Why are Arsenal wearing black armbands against Lens tonight?

ARSENAL fans may have spotted that Mikel Arteta’s side were wearing black armbands for their Champions League clash against Lens.

But what was the reason for wearing the armbands tonight?

ReutersArsenal stars were seen wearing black armbands during their Champions League match with Lens tonight[/caption]


In their penultimate Champions League group stage game Arsenal wore the armbands to pay tribute to Megs Wilson.

Mrs Wilson recently passed away at the age of 81.

Arsenal paid homage to her with a touching message on social media.

The club wrote: “Remembering Megs Wilson ,” alongside a picture of their kit and a black armband.

She was married to former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.

Wilson had starred for the Gunners between 1963 and 1974, making 308 appearances in goal for the North London side.


Mrs Wilson was the co-founder of the Willow Foundation with her husband.

The foundation was set up in 1999 in memory of daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.

The Welwyn Garden City-based charity has put on more than 20,000 Special Days for seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40.

Mrs Wilson’s death was confirmed by her family on Tuesday evening.

A touching tribute was paid with her family describing her as “wonderful and inspiring”.

A statement said: “A wonderful, inspirational wife, mother, nanny and friend, she brought joy to so many people.

“Bob, and her sons John and Robert, would like to thank all the amazing nurses from Marie Curie, Macmillan and local NHS services who have looked after Megs with such incredible care.”

The Willow Foundation added: “We are heartbroken to announce the death of Megs Wilson, one of our beloved founders and life presidents…

“Megs will be sadly missed by everyone at Willow.

“She will forever shine as a beacon of hope and compassion, inspiring us to continue fulfilling her mission and ensuring that her memory lives on through the positive impact she has left on this world.

“Our thoughts are with Bob and the Wilson family at this sad time.”

Arsenal legend David Seaman and his wife Frankie were named honorary presidents of the Willow Foundation in September.

A tribute from the couple said: “We are heartbroken today at the death of our Willow Foundation co-president and founder Megs Wilson.

“An inspiration and friend, you will be forever missed, our love goes out to our great friend Bob Wilson, who has lost the love of his life.”