Saturday, 27 June 2015

Arsene Wenger Surprises Family of Arsenal Fan With Touching Letter.


Our manager has once again shown his class by sending out a letter of condolence to the family of an Arsenal fan who kicked the bucket in March.

John Cook, a long-time Arsenal supporter died few months ago after a fierce struggle with pneumonia and his wife Helen was so moved by Arsene Wenger's fatherly gesture. She was surprised to receive that writeup from the Frenchman.

The 65-year-old Wenger got to know about Cook's death from a Premier League interpreter and to sympathize with the relatives of the deceased, he drafted a letter which was delivered to Cook's wife.

Wenger's letter read: “It was with great sadness that we learned recently of the death of John, and on behalf of us all at Arsenal Football Club, I do extend to you our sincere condolences.

“Although I did not have the privilege of knowing John personally, I am aware he enthusiastically followed the fortunes of this team, and we are extremely grateful for this.

“I know words mean so little at times such as these, but I wish you to know our thoughts are with you at this very sad and difficult time.”

Helen disclosed she was shocked by Wenger's act and lauded the Arsenal boss for his concern.

“The interpreter knew John and when my son told her he had died, she wrote to Arsene Wenger and told him", she said.

“It was really nice. I was quite shocked to receive it – I was taken aback.

“John was a lifelong fan – he had always supported Arsenal.

“At one point he worked for West Ham, but he still supported Arsenal.

“It is nice to hear someone who is a popular name doing something like this.

“I have never heard of it before.”

Helen's husband while still alive was a die-hard supporter. He was a structural engineer who participated in the construction of Westham United's stadium, Boleyn Ground.

Cook is survived by his wife, two children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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