Club announces details of Indonesia game
Arsenal Football Club is delighted to confirm details of its pre-season visit to Indonesia this summer.
Arsène Wenger's team will visit Jakarta from July 13-14 for an exhibition match against the Indonesian national team at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium.
It will be the Gunners' first trip to Indonesia since 1983, and comes after two highly successful Asian tours in summer 2011 and 2012.
Arsenal's chief commercial officer Tom Fox, who joined Indonesian officials and tour promoters in Jakarta on Tuesday, January 29 to unveil the plans, spoke of the Club's excitement ahead of the trip.
"Everyone at Arsenal, the players, Arsène Wenger and all the backroom staff are looking forward to coming to Indonesia after 30 years away," he said. "We know that Arsenal enjoys fantastic support in Indonesia, with over 1.3 million fans connected to us by Facebook alone, and we look forward to giving our loyal fans the chance to see their heroes in action. We are also looking forward to learning more about the country's rich culture and history."
Hary Tanoesoedibjo, CEO of the MNC Group, the match sponsors and co-organisers, said: "It is a great honor for MNC Group and specifically RCTI to have been able to arrange this historic visit of Arsenal to Indonesia.”
Raja Sapta Oktohari, president of match co-organisers M-Pro Sports and Entertainment, added: "We know Arsenal has tremendous support in Indonesia and we really want to bring this legendary club close to the fans in the country. Many may have thought this was impossible but football lovers in Indonesia certainly do not want to miss the opportunity to meet the stars of Arsenal and see firsthand their expertise in playing the beautiful game."
Julian Kam, CEO of overall tour organisers PROEvents Group, said: "We are extremely happy to be working with RCTI and M-Pro Sports and Entertainment in bringing Arsenal to Indonesia for the enjoyment of the Club's many fans in this country. It will also be a great opportunity to showcase the passion of Indonesian fans and the beauty of their country to the world."
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis initially announced the Club's intention to travel to Jakarta in November, in tandem with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The Club is currently working on plans for further fixtures in Asia this summer, which will be confirmed in due course.