The Premier League have confirmed that Arsenal, Stoke City, Everton and a Singapore Select XI will participate in the Barclays Asia Trophy at Singapore’s state-of-the-art National Stadium in July.
The four-team knockout competition has visited the region every two years since 2003 being hosted by Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Matches will take place over two matchdays on Wednesday 15 and Saturday 18 July 2015, with a final to determine the winner and a play-off to decide third place. There will be two matches on each day.
As we mentioned back in November, The Gunners haven’t played in the sovereign city-state since 1991 when they beat Liverpool on penalties in the Caltex Cup; David Seaman saving the decisive spot-kick from Ian Rush after Nigel Winterburn’s last-minute equaliser.
The jaunt to Singapore – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – is likely to be part of a wider tour of the Far East designed to further strengthen ties with a region visited in 2012 and 2013. No doubt confirmation of further matches will be forthcoming.