Arsenal’s plans for next summer are already taking shape after the club announced that Arsene Wenger’s squad will travel to Indonesia as part of a third consecutive pre-season tour of the Far East.
As is the norm (…err I think) in these circumstances Ivan Gazidis and Tom Fox handed over an Arsenal shirt to the country’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, at 10 Downing Street while Prime Minister David Cameron watched on with that face politicians do when they’re pretending to like football. It all looks a bit over the top, but seeing as the dignitary was in the area after a state banquet with the Queen, herself a Gooner, why not?
The Gunners are also still thought to be committed to playing a match in Nigeria at the end of the season after arrangements for a fixture in Abuja were cancelled late in the day this summer amidst security concerns. More details are expected later in the season.
Speaking about the trip to Indonesia, which will include a match in Jakarta, Gazidis said: “Everyone at Arsenal is extremely excited to once again be visiting Asia and travelling to Indonesia for what will be the Club’s first visit to the country in 30 years.
“We know that Arsenal enjoy fantastic support in Indonesia and we are all looking forward to bringing the Club closer to these loyal fans and learning more about the country’s rich heritage and culture.”
Great news for Arsenal’s swelling fanbase in Indonesia – fingers crossed we’ll have a trophy to parade while we’re there.