Arsenal’s third consecutive summer tour of the Far East is starting to take shape with the club confirming that Arsene Wenger’s squad will take on the Indonesian national team at the at the Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta.
The showpiece fixture, scheduled for either 13/14 July, will represent the first time the Gunners have played in the country since 1983 when a squad including the likes of Charlie Nicholas, Pat Jennings, Kenny Sansom and David O’Leary took part in three end of season friendlies with funky looking cocktails in their hands.
Speaking about the decision to visit Jakarta, Arsenal’s chief commercial officer Tom Fox (who does get about a bit doesn’t he?) revealed:
“Everyone at Arsenal, the players, Arsène Wenger and all the backroom staff are looking forward to coming to Indonesia after 30 years away.
“We know that Arsenal enjoys fantastic support in Indonesia, with over 1.3 million fans connected to us by Facebook alone, and we look forward to giving our loyal fans the chance to see their heroes in action.
“We are also looking forward to learning more about the country’s rich culture and history.”
Last summer Arsenal took a travelling party to China, Hong Kong and Malaysia as the club continues to consolidate their ties with the region. Further 2013 Far East friendly fixtures are expected to be announced in the near future with the club also due to play in Nigeria having cancelled a match in Abuja in August.