As Arseblog News reported last week, Arsenal will conclude their pre-season preparations with a game against Manchester City in Finland.
Last year the Premier League duo played each other in Beijing’s Olympic Stadium as they looked to raise their profiles in the Far East, this year though the pair head to Helsinki for a showdown on Saturday, 10 August.
A statement from City reads:
“Manchester City FC are delighted to announce the final first-team pre-season fixture ahead of the 2013/14 campaign will be against Arsenal in Helsinki on Saturday, 10 August.
“The ‘Super Match by Carlsberg’ will kick-off at 5pm local time at the 40,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in the Finnish capital and will be the final game of the Blues’ pre-season.
“It is the first time two Premier League clubs have met in Finland and ticket prices will start from €29.”
Great news for Finnish Gunners.
UPDATE – Ivan Gazidis on the trip to Finland (via Arsenal.com):
“We played Manchester City in the build up to the 2012/13 season in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing and know that they will provide the team with a very competitive match as we finalise preparations for the 2013/14 domestic campaign.
“We have many passionate supporters in Finland, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with them all in what will be our first-ever match in the country.”