Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph claims that Arsenal will play two friendlies in Sydney as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2017/18 season.
The matches are set to be hosted by the 83,000 capacity ANZ Stadium – the focal point of the 2000 Olympics and England’s Rugby World Cup triumph in 2003 – with Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers the two opponents.
Arsenal haven’t played Down Under since losing 3-1 to the Australia national team on 20 August 1977 – Geordie Armstrong getting a consolation goal for a Gunners team that featured the likes of Pat Rice, Liam Brady, Graham Rix, Malcolm Macdonald and Frank Stapleton amongst others.
It’s about 600 days until the alleged fixtures will take place so this would represent some serious forward planning on the part of all involved. That being said, with a tour at the end of the current season looking unlikely due to the 2016 European Championships in France it’s not unfeasible we’re looking to the long-term future already. Who knows, by that point we may even have a new manager.
Last summer the good people of Sydney were unfairly ‘treated’ to a visit by Chelsea and Sp*rs. They deserve better.