Singapore to host Arsenal in Barclays Asia Trophy

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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.

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EmanAFC

Hope Arsenal play only Everton and Singapore XI. Don’t want us playing the Orcs then starting the season with half of the team injured

Zorro in the Box

In fairness they’re not as lump-kickey without the goblin king in a baseball cap…

Still, if you want to showcase the Premier League and Arsenal in Singapore, Stoke wouldn’t be my choice. Southampton, Swansea or hell even West Ham these days.

Third Plebeian

“if you want to showcase the Premier League and Arsenal in Singapore, Stoke wouldn’t be my choice” === I see what you mean, but in a way, Stoke does showcase the Premier League, or one part of it. Namely, the thuggish, idiotic, cuntish part of it, because, let’s face it, teams like Stoke do exist in the league, and a game between Stoke and Arsenal represent the two opposite ends of the spectrum of sport in England: Rugby vs. Football. (Except, of course, that rugby was historically a gentleman’s game, and Stoke City are not even human let alone gentlemen.)… Read more »

PodB

That was very harsh mate. Only a small minority of Stoke fans are cunts.
And M Hughes has turned them around. He could come in when Arsene retires …

manfredi

yeah, and the same day M Hughes takes over Arsene Wenger will launch his private space programme and serve free pancakes on the moon with Silvestre dressed as a french maid

PodB

18 downs … its called a wind-up people, Fuck me.

Sparky belongs at a club like Spu*rs …

gooner 44

apart from selling shirts whats the point.?

Seoighe

Giving players a pre- season game

Teck

Gooner from Singapore here!

I AM SO FUCKING HAPPY!

sg gooner

Fellow gooner from Singapore. Finally I can wear my arsenal jersey to an arsenal match.

indiangooner

Still waiting……………

Arsepedant

Crap. I thought after the success of the New York match last summer they’d come to North America for an extended tour this year. Surely the fact that they had nearly 1,000,000 ticket requests for a 25,000 seat stadium in New York should have made it clear there’s a huge support over here that’s just aching to see them!

nc_gunner

This.

Clock End Mike

I’m sure the Gunners will be heading over the pond again soon, never fear.

As you say, huge support. Also big country, lots of money, and US owner.
But no more Thierry Henry, sadly for you.

Arsepedant

By the time Arsenal come to NA again, with any luck Thierry will be one of the coaching staff. So yes, more Thierry Henry, happily for us.

alex

Why fucking Stoke
Can’t think of a worse team to play either first teamers looking to be fit for season’s start or kids making their way against

kicking coconuts

YESSSS!

positive man

Well we just won a pre season trophy without playing. Unless the Singapore team is better than Brazil 1970 but thats unlikely

vnet

Wow!! Now that’s a sexy looking stadium.

Le Jim

Pitch is a fucking minefield through – take a look at a couple of pictures from the Brazil-Japan they played there about six months ago.

TeeCee

So, Stoke with home field advantage then?

Erwan

They are working on improving it before the tournament is held and from what I’ve read they are going to considerable lengths to do so. The pitch was blasted by both the Brazilian and Japanese FAs after that friendly and the Singaporeans are not a people to take those sort of criticisms lightly. I’m sure it’ll be up to standard and then some by July.

Giroud's 6Pack

Cannot wait to bag three goals and the tie at Monaco.

Gooneron

Three unanswered goals wins it for us

Rezatron

Considering doing the flight from Brisbane. We always get forgotten about down here 🙁

n11gooner

Don’t worry mate, I come from London and they’ve forgotten about most of us fans aswell

AnonymousGun

You got a freaking 8 months of Arsenal action in your face from August till May.. Let us have em for few days, dude.

Black Hei

I hope the stadium management get that pitch up and proper. It was rubbish the last time Brazil swung by.

shokim

Am so excited!! Hopefully the pitiful pitch will have been sorted by then. Don’t wish any players to suffer unnecessary injuries, least of all an Arsenal one. COYG!

SCANDALGooner

Finally I got the chance to see my favourite team 😀
Gooner from Singapore

Lasagna

The thought of playing stoke in a preseason game is not a pleasant one. Two times per season is two too many allready.

Jijo

Actually, I have been planning for a visit to London to watch my team play! Since I got married only recently, cost just went up by 200%! Can’t explain how excited I am now. .! I will be in that trophy parade when we win next year’s title though!

SingaporeGooner

Looking forward to seeing them here!

VT

Happy gooner from Singapore here. But the pitch was in very bad condition when Brazil played Japan in 2014. I think Juventus played a match there too. According to the news, the grass used in this stadium is the same as the ones Arsenal used in The Emirates:

http://therealsingapore.com/content/juventus-coach-new-national-stadium-grass-terrible-despite-costing-over-833000

TeeCee

“Arsenal, Stoke City, Everton and a Singapore Select XI”

Spot the odd one out.
That’s right, Stoke, as they’re a bunch of Neanderthals while all the others are football teams.

Madaan

India is NEXt!!!! 😀

woodnhrt

So exited. Yayyyyyy!!! Finally get to watch Arsenal live and hopefully meet some of the players.

Nordin

I hope Arsenal bring a strong squad over. Was there to watch the Gunners train at the Padang. Still kept two photos of David Seaman & Tony Adams with their signature on it. Took the photos at the Airport…develop them (mind you no handphone back then just old negatives) & brought the photos next day at their training session. Have to run after Tony though before he obliged.
Definitely will be chasing them again this time….but not sure can catchup with them this time around.
Anw about time they visit the Lion City again.

AFC 4 Life

Why would we wanna play stoke in pre-season?

santori

I like Singapore. I might even be there this summer. But I feel the club is missing a huge opportunity in the United States where the game is growing and the buying power is returning (large demographics) Frankly, a tour of the US (NYC for starters) leveraging on Alexis’ growing star in particular is a better commercial prospect. There is plenty of latent potential for growth and Arsenal comes in early. Should coincide with the development of some proper scouting/Development Academies (Bi-Coastal) as oppose to the the less serious set up at present. It will give the club an opportunity… Read more »

santori

Also why Everton and Stoke?

Seems so boring.

Should have invited a good Brasilian team maybe and say Juventus. Contrasting styles.

Unimaginative.

bertie

Hi …it is better than nothing..

Save 75 cents

Please come to North America in the next decade…..

Arsepedant

Or the next year or two …

Ozil+alexis=goals

So there will be 1 team we won’t play? Hope it’s Stoke.

Ozdrexler

Meanwhile, us aussie fans are subjected to a visit from Spurs.

What did we do to deserve this ????

Double98

Ye Stole Trevalians corn ye’s bastards

#lowliethefields

Bergkamp's Chips

From Singapore here, so excited to have the team visit us this summer. Lucky enough to catch 3 games at the Emirates last season (3/3 wins) and spent many fantastic hours at the stadium tour!

I’m sure the team will enjoy the Singaporean weather and food. Oh and no duty-free cigarettes allowed in Singapore and we just had a law passed that prohibits Shisha smoking…. Wenger knows indeed 😉

Downside is my girlfriend is just going on and on and on about Giroud signing on the Arsenal shirt I BOUGHT for her. sigh

AceirusSingapore

Finally waited for the chance to watch Arsenal playing in my country! Bonus that I might just get to throw something at the Orcs who play for Stoke!

Ancient Gooner@ Oz

Come on Arsenal…come to Australia while you’re in the area! Forget North America, is not all about the $$$.
Besides, I hate flying to London for matches! I remember paying 50p to stand on the North Bank way back…how many of you can say that????????????

Me….flew a the way to Singapore just to watch my favourite..Am Singaporean been living in Brighton for the past 40 yrs..Hve u been to Old Wembley to watch the FA Cup thriller 1979 against Man United. .Last minutesgoal scored by Alan Sunderland..I am now 70 yrs old been a fan all these years.. maybe we can shar some old photographs of yesteryears.

Vomiting Void

When will we can buy the tickets for it?

Thanakit

Fan in Thailand When and How we can buy tickets ?????

Goonerlicious

Tickets out! you can head over to singapore sporthub website to buy!