Why are Arsenal playing in all white shirts for Nottingham Forest FA Cup clash?

Mikel Arteta on Arsenal's 'No More Red' campaign

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Arsenal will don a one-off all-white shirt when they take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Sunday as they look to raise awareness about knife crime and youth violence.

The Gunners are removing the red from their shirt and will wear a custom kit for the trip to the City Ground.

The kits will not be available for sale and will be awarded to persons making a considerable contribution to the community.

It will build on the work of Arsenal in the Community to keep youngsters safe by providing safe spaces to enrol in sports.

And the idea has been praised by actors and pundits alike.

“The idea that Arsenal are going to come out in an all-white kit and say ‘No More Red’ will hopefully make people think ‘Hang on, what’s going on here?’ – then look further and try and find out more,” actor Idris Elba told Sky Sports News.

“I hope it makes an impact that ripples into other football clubs and inspires other collaboration ideas, and investment in practical things to help young people, whether that’s football pitches, or youth centres like the one I went to in Forest Gate where I played sport and where I actually fell in love with film.

“We need to give young people, especially teenagers, another option and an alternative to knife crime and gangs.

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“It’s about what we can offer them as an option.”

The Gunners will likely field a strong team against a Forest side who have won just four of their last ten.

Mikel Arteta’s side still have a strong chance of silverware this season in the League Cup, where they face Liverpool in a double legged semi-final.

But they could boost their chances of completing a double with a win over Steve Cooper’s men.

“I have made my players aware of the history and about the work that they have done,” Arteta said.

“We know what to expect and we take this competition very seriously too.

“I know everything about Forest because I love the history of the game and the history of this country. So I have read all about it, but obviously I didn’t live it.

“It was a tremendous achievement and part of history. There is not enough time for me to give them the credit they deserve. You also had to live through that time to fully feel what they achieved.

“I expect a great tie, with a great atmosphere and it’s going to be tough.”

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