PADDY Power have announced a campaign to plant 6,000 trees every time Arsenal fails to win a game this season.
The tongue-in-cheek initiative was launched in response to a campaign started by Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin to plant 3,000 trees for each Arsenal victory.
The Spanish footballer made his announcement the day of Arsenal’s first clash against Manchester City on 17 June.
The defender wrote on Twitter: “For every Arsenal game we win this season I will plant 3,000 trees to help combat the carbon emissions issues we have.”
However, since resuming their Premier League campaign, the Gunners have suffered two defeats, meaning that no new trees have been planted so far.
In response, betting company Paddy Power decided they would “step in” and counter Bellerin’s scheme, so “the planet won’t miss out.”
The company say they are willing to donate “twice as much” as Bellerin, meaning that 6,000 trees will be planted every time the Gunners fail to win.
Today, a spokesman for Paddy Power said: “Since the Premier League has returned, an area the size of a football pitch is destroyed twice a week by Arsenal’s defence.
“We decided to step in and help hectare Bellerin out – after all, his team can’t defend their goal, let alone planet.”