Arsenal Football Club is delighted to be heading to Japan this summer to play two friendly matches in the country.

The first game will see Arsène Wenger’s side play against Nagoya Grampus - the team he successfully managed for an 18-month period between 1995 and 1996, before becoming Arsenal manager.

It will take place at the 45,000 capacity Toyota Stadium on Monday, July 22 and will be the first time an Arsenal first team has played a match in Japan since May 1968, when the Club played four matches during an end-of-season tour to the country.

The second match will be against Urawa Reds as part of the  Saitama City Cup and will act as the finale to the Club's pre-season tour to Asia.

The match will be played on Friday, July 26 (kick-off time tbc) at Saitama Stadium and completes the Gunners’ schedule in the country.

Wenger said: “Everyone at Arsenal is very excited to be visiting Japan in July as part of our Asia Tour 2013. Japan and of course, Nagoya are very special to me. I have many good memories from my time working in Japan and the success I enjoyed with Nagoya Grampus and I am looking forward to meeting many good friends again in the summer.

“Japanese people are extremely knowledgeable about football and have a big passion for the sport, and I know that the English Premier League and Arsenal have many supporters in Japan. It will be an exciting visit for both the players and the people of Japan, but it will also be good preparation for the team ahead of the 2013-14 season.”

Ticket details for both matches will appear on Arsenal.com in due course.

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