Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that the first-team squad will be playing a pre-season friendly in China this summer.

After playing the first leg of this summer’s Asia tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the team will then travel to China, where they will play Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown on July 16.

Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, said: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is excited to be visiting China. We enjoy huge support in Asia and this will help bring the Club closer to our many fans in China.

“We are delighted to be returning to China. We last visited in 1995 when we played a pre-season friendly match in Beijing. It will be a wonderful experience for the Club and our players, many of whom will be visiting China for the first time.”

As was announced on Tuesday, Arsène Wenger’s side take on a Malaysia XI at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, July 13, kick off 8.45pm local time.

Check in the near future for ticket details, travel options and further news about the Asia Tour.

In addition, Arsenal has already confirmed the details for Emirates Cup 2011, which is being played at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.

Emirates Cup 2011 will see Arsenal joined by MLS side New York Red Bulls, who currently boast Gunners’ legend Thierry Henry in their ranks, leading French club Paris Saint-Germain and Club Atlético Boca Juniors - the most successful Argentine and South American club of all time.

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25 May 2011