Shkodran Mustafi pledged more than 16,000 meals to the Islington community through The Arsenal Foundation on Friday, as a birthday gift.

Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal celebrate victory during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal celebrate victory on February 16, 2020. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Arsenal announced on Friday that Shkodran Mustafi was pledging 16,000 meals to the Islington community. For his 28th birthday, he decided to donate to The Arsenal Foundation to aid their emergency response plan.

“I know that there are people in Islington who are really struggling at the moment,” Mustafi wrote on Instagram. “I want to show my support to the community and to our Arsenal family for my birthday this year.

“I’ve seen the work the Islington Council and The Arsenal Foundation are doing. I want to join in and help by donating a delivery of over 16,000 meals and other emergency supplies to the people in Islington who need our support now more than ever.”

It’s a fantastic gesture from the defender, and one which will surely help a huge number of people in need.

Last week, Arsenal announced they were planning to donate 30,000 free meals, along with plenty of other forms of aid. This included sanitary and personal hygiene products, an £100k pledge to local organisations and £50k of partnership funding with Islington Giving towards the COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

It’s great to see Mustafi joining in, particularly with the talk of a pay-cut going around. My suspicion was that the players would feel they’d done their part after taking a cut. However, it looks like they’re still willing to do more to help out despite those plans.

Just what you want to see from an Arsenal representative. Thank you, Mustafi!