More details of Arsenal’s pre-season friendly in Nigeria have surfaced, with local reports claiming that the club’s opponents will be revealed tomorrow.
The Gunners confirmed earlier this month that Arsene Wenger’s side will fly to Abuja in early August once they’ve concluded their Asia Tour duties in Malaysia, China and Hong Kong with ‘a leading African national team’ pencilled for the pre-season clash.
DanJan Sports, a consortium of player and match agents whose website insists on playing Jack Johnson tunes when you visit (wtf?), claim tickets will go on sale on July 4 with the game scheduled for August 5.
“It was important to confirm Arsenal first-team squad’s arrival date. We have worked out ticket details and finalised the opposition.”
It appears that Arsenal have insisted on incredible attention to detail before agreeing to play Nigeria with a state of the art mobile medical centre being sent from the UK to the country ahead of their arrival.
“This mobile operating theatre is not only essential for the players but the fans as well,” continued Omigie.
“Considering the last incident with Fabrice Muamba, the lives of players, officials, fans and everyone involved is of great importance. Safety is paramount.
“In case of an emergency it can easily accommodate more than fifteen people, so we are happy to have finalised everything on time.”
Former Gunner Kanu is expected to play some role on the trip as an ambassador, while the club have further strengthened ties in the region by securing a sponsorship deal with Malta Guinness – Nigeria’s number one malt drink.
It’s non-alcoholic, which sounds a bit suspicious to Arseblog News, but according to Wikipedia (that bastion of
Schweinsteiger truth) it does have a selection of intriguing nicknames including ‘young beer’, ‘children’s beer’ and ‘champagne cola.’
We look forward to The Tollington stocking it ahead of the new season.