Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and team-mates help raise £385,000 at Arsenal Foundation's annual charity ball

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Mesut Ozil and his teammates helped raise more than £380,000 for the Arsenal Foundation at their annual charity ball earlier this week.

Money raised from the event will go towards the Save the Children and the Willow Foundation.

The event was hosted by Dermot O’Leary was held at the Emirates Stadium and several lots were put forward for auction, including a chair made out of signed Arsenal shirts.

Ozil recently revealed his passion for charity work during an interview with the Times newspaper.

“I want to help people in need but I don’t want people to know I’m doing it,” Özil stated in an interview with ​Henry Winter of the Times.

“My aim is helping kids. Kids are the future. I love children. I’m thinking of my own childhood. I know where I’m from. If I wanted something, I couldn’t get it. Life wasn’t easy.

Ozil founded the ‘Özil-Foundation’ in 2015 to support children and young people around the world.

The Germany international has also been a Laureus ambassador and has worked with the foundation on charitable projects including helping Brazilian kids living in poverty after the World Cup.

The 27-year-old was also presented with a Laureus Sport for Good award in recognition of his work. Ozil used his World Cup bonus to fund operations for 23 seriously ill Brazilian children.

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