Arsenal are heading back to Asia this summer to visit the Club’s passionate supporters in the Far East.

Following a successful tour of Malaysia and China in July 2011, the first-team squad will be back in the region for a prestigious friendly against Manchester City. Arsène Wenger’s team will face their Premier League rivals at Beijing’s famous ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium in the inaugural China Cup on Friday, July 27.

The game will coincide with the opening day of the London Olympics - four years after Beijing hosted the summer Games.

Two days later Arsenal will visit Hong Kong to face regional champions Kitchee FC. The fixture is Arsenal’s first in that area since 1995 and will give the Club’s huge Hong Kong fan base the opportunity to see Wenger’s team play live ahead of the 2012/13 season.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Asia is an important region for us and our return there this summer will build on our successful tour last year. We have a huge and passionate following in Hong Kong and mainland China and it is important for us to continue building our presence there.”

Ticket details and travel options for supporters wishing to attend the matches in Beijing and Hong Kong will be available soon on Arsenal.com. Look out for further developments and news regarding the Club’s summer pre-season schedule.

Prior to Sunday's match, Arsenal and Manchester City will warm-up in T-shirts with their names in Mandarin on the back as a nod to our forthcoming game in the ‘Bird's Nest’ Stadium.

And look out for a fans’ banner in Mandarin which translates as ‘Greetings to our fellow Gooners in China’.

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