Classic Arsenal capitulations set to go on auction

Proceeds to go to a non-profit organisation that rehabilitates squandered leads.

Emirates Stadium, scene of some classic Arsenal capitulations
CENTRE STAGE: Emirates (Image: Paolo Margari)

A series of vintage Arsenal capitulations will go under the hammer in a charity auction at Sotheby’s, it has been hastily arranged and announced.

The surrenders, quintessential and timeless, are to be sold off at the fundraiser with the proceeds going to a non-profit organisation that aims to rehabilitate squandered leads.

Arsène Wenger’s Gunners have amassed a huge collection of capitulation memorabilia, including yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea City and last Tuesday’s spectacular yielding in the 3-3 Champions League draw with Anderlecht.

Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, a spokesperson for Sotheby’s claimed that the classic Arsenal capitulations are expected to fetch in excess of $1 million (£613,000/€772,000).

She said: “It’s quite the collection, let me tell you.

“Arsenal’s exploration of the theme of capitulation has been comprehensive and seminal, with the likes of the epic 4-4 draw with Newcastle United a few seasons back proving to be hugely influential in its field.

“Their mastery of the art is in itself a national institution, and I think we’ll see that reflected monetarily.

“Manuel Almunia’s work alone is worth tens of thousands of pounds.”