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Arsenal pays emotional tribute to 14-year-old Daniel Anjorin

Arsenal paid a telling tribute to 14-year-old supporter, Daniel Anjorin, who who tragically lost his life in a sword attack earlier this week

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In a sombre prelude to the match against AFC Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Arsenal solemnly honoured the memory of 14-year-old supporter Daniel Anjorin, who tragically lost his life in a sword attack earlier this week. Anjorin’s love for the game, particularly his admiration for Arsenal star Bukayo Saka, resonated deeply within the football community.

The heartfelt tribute unfolded as supporters from both Arsenal and Bournemouth gathered at the Emirates, united in remembrance. A poignant moment arose when Anjorin’s image graced the stadium’s large screen, evoking a chorus of applause and reflection from the crowd.

Anjorin’s untimely demise stemmed from a senseless act of violence in London, where a van collision and subsequent stabbing claimed the lives of five individuals in Hainault. Described by Bancroft’s School, where he was a student, as a “true scholar” with a “positive nature and gentle character,” Anjorin’s loss reverberated deeply within his community.

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In a statement issued on Friday, Arsenal expressed solidarity with Anjorin’s family, conveying their intention to honour his memory before the match. The club’s outreach extended beyond mere words, as they reportedly maintained close communication with the police liaison officer assigned to support the victim’s family.

Ahead of the game, supporters from both camps rallied on social media, pledging a minute’s applause in the 14th minute as a mark of respect. The gesture underscored the broader sentiment of shock and grief rippling through society in response to such senseless acts of violence.

Responding to the news, supporters voiced their solidarity and sorrow, with one Bournemouth fan lamenting the state of societal violence while others within the Arsenal community pledged everlasting remembrance for the young Gunner.

The passing of Daniel Anjorin bears poignant parallels to another tragic loss within Bancroft’s School, where medical student Grace O’Malley-Kumar fell victim to a knife attack in Nottingham the previous summer. The recurrence of such tragedies underscores the urgent need for societal reflection and action against violence.

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