Dan asks Just Arsenal Predictions League players to help Zinchenko support Ukraine

One of the common themes within our Just Arsenal fan base at the moment is the right to have an opinion.

Some preach free speech unless it’s something they don’t want to hear.

Others will ask you to leave out factual information because it doesn’t help their argument.

Some are content for others to express their point of view as long as it’s a stance they agree with.

Some will ask for you to write only positive things, the negative is too hurtful, even though the subject matter is as trivial as sport.

Perhaps no footballer in the Premiership understands how insignificant football is, based on life, more than Oleks Zinchenko.

He’s watched every inch of his country attacked, every part of his nation under threat. The first thing he does every day is grab his phone for updates on events in Ukraine. That’s been his life for six months now.

Ukraine’s crime?

Wanting to be independent.

Daring to have their own voice, individual values, to make their own choices, to forge their own identity.

No matter the facts, no matter right and wrong, no matter morality …. thousands have been forced to leave their homes; others left to fight for freedom. Those are the lucky ones with many more thousands killed…

Zinchenko’s courage in how he spoke about the conflict while helping Man City become Champions was one of the highlights of last season.

That was while considering joining his native soldiers and trying to help defend his land.

When I heard he was becoming a Gunner, I was delighted. Here is a player who’s mentality you can never question.

A bomb went off opposite a hospital his grandad was at.

This week in their latest act of defiance Ukraine’s domestic football restarted, intentionally coinciding with their independence day.

While only parts of the country are safe enough to host matches and stadiums will be empty, President Zelensky was adamant games would kick off nowhere else but in Ukraine.

The player estimates that now 10 million of his peers face daily battles for food, heating, water, etc.

He privately made a large donation to the national bank in his homeland while charity work in Manchester funded lorries to bring supplies to his home via Poland, 150 volunteers filling up 27 lorries.

He’s one of the people trying to promote Save The Children who in the last 6 months have been able to support 281,882 people.

This raised revenue to help, ranging from social support, mental support, money for food, medicine, etc, help for hospitals.

In the past two seasons of the Just Arsenal Predictions  League, I have donated to Shelter (the winners kindly didn’t want the prize shirt).

I will happily donate this year to helping Ukraine.

So, here’s my plan ….

Every week when the Just Arsenal predictions go up, I will leave a link giving you the option to donate to helping Ukraine and its children.

Now that he’s part of our family, I’m sure Zinchenko will appreciate Gooner’s support.

I’ll tweet him this message….

Football is a beautiful game …. but it’s just that …. a game

Donate To Ukraine | Save The Children (support-savethechildren.org)

Dan Smith


    1. I raised this recently and was told that she’d been seen on one of the posts, but I think they may have been mistaking SueP (who’s always here) for her.
      Yeah, hope she’s well.

  1. Well done Dan, but isn’t this bordering on being political?

    We all know what happens when one of our players voice their political opinions, both from the UK and the supporters – they get slaughtered!!!

    Just as an example – shouldn’t we be asking why the Ukrainian government have such an abysmal record regarding their orphan and mentally ill people?

  2. Very good initiative.i wish you could have done the same for the Uyguhrs population when Ozil played for us.

      1. Did you Dan?I mean did you write and posted a full article on it?if the answer is yes then I apologize to you.

        1. Interestingly, can’t see one post from those who were so critical of MO and backed the club’s stance in distancing themselves from his comments.
          Strange that, or is it really?!?!

        2. I guess the Uyguhrs pple are lesser human compared to Ukrainians, that’s d hypocrite world we leave in today. Let’s leave politics pls, I dnt support hypocrisy

    1. They ARE an independent country and before the Russian dictator attacked them, their human rights record regarding the state of their orphanages and mentally handicapped facilities were a disgrace… highlighted many times.

      1. significant human rights issues in Ukraine include: harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest or detention; political prisoners or detainees; serious problems with the independence of the judiciary; serious restrictions on free expression, the press….
        Ukraine has been classified as “partly free” by the main human rights agencies.

  3. Men……. U were gonna ask for donations and u just can’t help but to throw shades first b4 u do it. Good luck to u

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