Malaysia XI v Arsenal tickets to go on sale
Kuala Lumpur press conference
Arsenal Football Club will be kicking off its pre-season tour to the Far East this July in Malaysia, returning to Kuala Lumpur to compete against a Malaysian XI - a repeat fixture from last summer in the build-up to the 2011/12 season which saw the Gunners win 4-0.
Organised by the Football Association of Malaysia and promoted exclusively by ProEvents International Sdn Bhd, match tickets will be on sale from tomorrow - Friday, June 15 - for the match between a Malaysia XI and Arsenal. Held at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, at 9.45pm on Tuesday, July 24, the fixture is the first of three forming the Arsenal Asia Tour.
“We will be sending the first-team squad on our 2012 tour, which is presented by our partners Emirates,” said Ivan Gazidis, Chief Executive of Arsenal. "We are delighted to be coming back to Kuala Lumpur. We had a fantastic pre-season programme in KL last year and Arsène and his players are looking forward to the trip.”
Kavin Martinus, Emirates’ Country Manager for Malaysia added: "Emirates began its partnership with Arsenal back in 2004 and we said at that time that it was always our aim to be able to bring the football club closer to its millions of loyal fans across the six continents that we fly to. As the Presenting Partner of the Arsenal 2012 Tour, it will be possible for fans of Arsenal to see their heroes in action right here in Malaysia, a country that we have been flying to since 1996.”
Those fans who do secure a ticket can enter the "Be a Super Gunner" competition in which the winners will receive VIP tickets for the match and training, meet-and-greet passes and a host of other prizes.
Datuk Rajaggopal will be leading his team against Arsenal squad full of internationally-recognised players, and Malaysian football fans could catch the likes of Gervinho, Per Mertesacker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta in the flesh for the first time.
“This is historical as Arsenal will be the first English Premier League team to have played back-to-back years in Malaysia and every Malaysian football fan should be part of it and be proud of it,” said Julian Kam, CEO, ProEvents Group. “Arsenal was overwhelmed by the warm reception in Malaysia last year. They managed to draw an impressive 60,000-strong crowd last year and we are expecting more this time round.”
Tickets for the match are priced at RM58, RM68, RM108 and limited VIP tickets at RM388, available exclusively at selected Nike outlets from Friday, June 15 to Thursday, June 21.
Each ticket will come with a complimentary training pass (while stocks last) to watch the exclusive open training session by manager Arsène Wenger.
Arsenal Communications Director Mark Gonnella joined representatives from the Club's Presenting Partner, Emirates, the Football Association of Malaysia and ProEvents in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning to announce ticket details for the game (see pictures below).
From Friday, June 22 onwards tickets will be available at all Ticketpro outlets nationwide (Ticketpro hotline 0060 3 7880 7999) and www.ticketpro.com.my
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