Arsène Wenger cannot wait to hit the Big Apple as he believes now is the “perfect time” for Arsenal to visit the United States.

The first-team squad fly out to New York later this week to take part in promotional activity and a game against Thierry Henry’s Red Bulls side.

Wenger expects a big reaction from the American public after they embraced the game so wholeheartedly during the World Cup.

I always wanted to go with Arsenal to the United States, so I'm personally very happy to do it

Arsène Wenger

“It is the first time since I [started to] go to World Cups that I've been stopped by so many American people,” the manager told Arsenal Player.

“I can tell you something I'm completely convinced of - before people didn't know who you were, but now every American guy I met knows Arsenal, knows England and knows the Premier League.

“The enthusiasm about soccer in the States is new but big. I expect us to have a good crowd there.

“I hope that we can help to develop the interest in the game and that we can play a good match there to make people enjoy it.

“It is the perfect time to go. I always wanted to go with Arsenal to the United States, so I'm personally very happy to do it.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 21 Jul 2014