Arsenal will travel to Hong Kong on the second-leg of their summer tour of the Far East after the club confirmed a fixture against Kitchee SC. The match, which will be played at the Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday, July 29th comes just two days after the Gunners play Manchester City in Beijing.
It is not the first time Arsenal have played a game in Hong Kong, the club last travelled there in 1995, although it does represent the Gunners first appearance in the region since Britain returned its sovereignty to China.
Speaking about the fixture to the Arsenal website, Ivan Gazidis (no doubt, with pound signs in his eyes) remarked:
“It’s great that Arsenal Football Club is visiting Hong Kong again after 17 years.
“We have many followers in Hong Kong and it’s wonderful that these special fans will have an opportunity to see the first-team live in action.
“The match will follow on from our visit to Beijing, where we play Manchester City in the Bird’s Nest, and is another indication of Arsenal’s commitment to Asia.
“We’re all looking forward to visiting Hong Kong and playing Kitchee will provide the team with good preparation ahead of the 2012/13 season.”
It is expected that a third match in the Nigerian capital Abuja will be added to the schedule in the near future.