Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce a pre-season friendly with German side FC Cologne, to be played at the Rhein Energie Stadium on Sunday, August 12, kick-off 5pm (local time).

Arsène Wenger’s team, who secured a 2-1 victory over the 2nd Bundesliga outfit last year, return to the Rhineland this summer to finalise preparations for the 2012/13 campaign.

The fixture could see an immediate homecoming for new Gunners signing Lukas Podolski, who registered 86 goals in 181 competitive appearances during his time as an FC Cologne player.

It will conclude an exciting pre-season tour schedule for Arsenal, who return to both China and Malaysia in July and make a first visit to Nigeria in early August.

Ticket information will be available here from June 19.

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