Arsenal to play City in Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’

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Arsenal have confirmed that Arsene Wenger’s squad will play Manchester City in Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest stadium on the Chinese leg of a globetrotting pre-season tour.

Having toured the Far East last summer, in a move which is understood to have been very successful on a commercial level, Ivan Gazidis and his team have been very pro-active in arranging a follow-up visit to the region.

The game will take place on July 27th, three weeks after the final of Euro 2012 and on the same day as the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. The Premier League is not expected to start until August 18th affording Pat Rice plenty of time to organise a few shuttle-runs in the Alps.

Speaking to the Arsenal website Gazidis confirmed the exciting details:

“Further to our hugely successful visit to Hangzhou in 2011, everyone at Arsenal is extremely excited to once again be visiting China this year.

“We enjoy huge support in Asia and by playing a match in Beijing, we will once again be bringing the Club close to our loyal fans in China. The players and staff had an amazing time in China last year and we are all looking forward to visiting this great country again in July.

“The match against Manchester City is sure to be an exciting spectacle, with many great players from both sides playing in front of thousands of supporters in the wonderful ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium. It is also fitting that two English clubs are playing each other on the opening day of the London 2012 Olympics, in the stadium which hosted the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.”

Further friendlies are expected to take place in both Hong Kong and Nigeria as Arsenal look to make up the revenue lost from having to cancel the Emirates Cup weekend due to police shortages around the capital during the Olympics.

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Brian Doheny

I’m proper excited about this :p the atmosphere in Hangzhou was amazing, hoping this’ll be just as good 😀

Jake
Jake

It does leave people like me with a massive dilemma though. Do I watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics that may be in the UK for the only time in my lifetime or do I watch my beloved Arsenal take on City in one of the best stadiums the world has ever seen.

Why couldn’t it have been the day before?

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

New pre-Olympicg opening event, all the way from China:

“Kicking Spectacularly Overpaid Chinless Benchwarmer Samir Nasri Right Up The Hole”?

Kick hard. Kick often.

Krakfish
Krakfish

Can’t you record one and watch it later…?

getz
getz

The olympics, or the kicking of Samir Nasri?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

1: some sub-X-Factor crapola, followed by a bunch of people in tracksuits walking around a track, carrying flags, lasts fucking hours. maybe a firework after the last spectator has died of boredom

vs

2: the arsenal

what was the dilemma again?

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

When will they drag Paul Macartney on to do his beatles medley, finishing with all the other performers coming back on stage to join in Hey bleeding Jude? Or am I confusing it with the closing ceremony.

Sparksy
Sparksy

Olympic opening ceremony, what a load of bollocks! If I wanted to see 500 people wandering around in tracksuits I’d go to a job centre in Manchester!

bcgunner
bcgunner

Beijing time is 8 hours earlier. So you should be able to watch both. Have your cake and eat it to.

argonaut
argonaut

What crap scheduling. I have nothing against the match and it’s intentions, but to time it with the opening of the Olympics is more than a little daft.

DB10
DB10

There´s an 8h time difference, therefore it´s easy to watch the match at noon and then enjoy the Olympics

Mooro
Mooro

Watch the Olympics by all means. Shouldn’t stop you Peking at the football now and again.

God that’s shit.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

If anyone starts throwing stuff at you for your awful Peking puns, don’t forget to duck

Nkpakala
Nkpakala

Dat‘s a good one. Much more,can‘t wait for d stop over friendlies in Nigera.

Ebouefan
Ebouefan

I am really excited.
But that is because of the porn I have in the other tab.

Master Bates
Master Bates

you watching the 5-2 match?

Mooro
Mooro

Huh? We won a match 5-2? I haven’t heard about this.

How did I miss that?

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

Who did we beat?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

Norwich reserves, nothing to see, move along

Master Bates
Master Bates

we f**ked some cunts , Hardcore Pr0n

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

Just got home early and stuck the game on again, their Pen shouldn’t have stood because of encroachment by players into the area. As the rule clearly states, the penalty should have been retaken until sp*rs miss it.

GoonerNugget
GoonerNugget

Man city are still a bunch of cunts though. Except Kolo. He looks like a big teddy bear to me.

Fed up of Barca
Fed up of Barca

Come on….
Clichy’s alright too!

Abhijith
Abhijith

Pat Rice won’t be there to organize shuttle runs. Isn’t he retiring end of this season?

woobaloo
woobaloo

He is retiring to concentrate on his shuttling…. 😛

Sean
Sean

Hong Kong and Japan?

AledoBren

Oh joy.

Nick
Nick

That should be a big money maker shouldn’t it! I’ll be the board are grinning like Cheshire cats over this.

I’m all for increasing our exposure in different markets. That said…. please come to America!!!! I will drive to anywhere in the US so I can watch my beloved Gunners in person.

Charlie
Charlie

In other news, I don’t give a shit.

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

Shame Jason Crowe isn’t still with us, he’d have love it in the Birds Nest. Maybe we’ll sign Chris Eagles or Michael Ballack(bird) to take with us.

Good bye and sorry.

Glenn Helder
Glenn Helder

That was a bit of a turkey.

Please kill me

Martinkf
Martinkf

Is it too much to hope for a brazilian tour with the 2014 WC and the 2016 Olympics on the horizon?

Frog
Frog

This is great news. We should make a fuck load of money selling park shirts. Who wants to bet that he gets a start that day?

Brian Doheny

the chinese will be racing to buy the korean internationals shirts -.-

winterlovin
winterlovin

Your either an ignorant frog or a racist one.

Jeremy Mathews

Is there supposed to be a friendly in Korea as well? I’m mainly curious because my friends are getting married out there round about then, but now I can’t find anything…

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