They may be strictly red on and off the pitch but a trio of Premier League footballers have showed its commitment to going green.

Arsenal stars Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, and Hector Bellerin have planted 100 trees at the club’s training ground in London Colney as they launched ‘Colney Wood’.

The Gunners have become the first top-flight club to go green after switching to green electricity with Octopus Energy in 2017 while also installing a water recycling system.

The London club’s switch to green electricity has led to a saving of seven million kilograms of CO2 no longer being pumped into the atmosphere; enough to fill the Emirates Stadium almost four times.

The footballers joined Octopus Energy and schoolchildren for the planting session.

Right back Bellerin said: “It’s important for us to leave the planet as clean as we can, and it’s positive to take these steps. We’ve helped to plant trees, and I think it’s important. It’s the little things like this that you can do - little by little - that makes a big improvement.”

Welsh international Ramsey added: “So many football clubs have massive influence on people around the world and footballers are children’s icons. It’s so important for us to help the environment as much as we can. We’ve done a fair bit of damage to it so far, and we need to come together to make it a better place.

We’ve had a couple of kids helping us plant the trees today, they’ve seen we can all have fun - you don’t have to just be in the house on the consoles, you can come outdoors and get your hands dirty and help.”

A further 400 trees are set to be planted at the training ground this season.