As Arseblog News revealed back in February, Arsenal have confirmed they will play Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds in the Saitama City Cup on 26 July.
The game will conclude the Gunners pre-season tour of the Far East with fixtures against the Indonesian national team in Jakarta on 14 July and Arsene Wenger’s former club Nagoya Grampus on 22 July already announced.
Given the eight-day gap between the first and second fixtures, and the fact the club have intimated the arrangement of a possible match in Hanoi, Vietnam, it’s possible that a final fixture could be added to the itinerary.
Either that or Boro Primorac is planning a very evil dose of star jumps and lunges to rid the boys of their summer bellies.
Speaking about the match in Saitama City, the Wenger stated:
“I am delighted to be returning to Japan where I spent two very happy years before joining Arsenal. We are very happy to be visiting Saitama this summer after our trip to Nagoya.
“We know that Urawa Reds frequently have large crowds at their J-League matches and the Saitama City Cup has seen top European teams compete against the Urawa Reds in previous summers.
“The match follows our other fixture in Japan against Nagoya Grampus, and we are sure to receive a very warm welcome from our many supporters in Saitama.”
Arseblog News has a feeling Urawa might be the only club where chants of “Who are ya?” prove somewhat confusing…