Lukas Podolski believes that visiting the Club’s fans around the world is a crucial part of the modern game.

Arsenal set off on the Asia Tour next month and will take part in sponsorship events, training sessions and matches in Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.

Podolski on Asia Tour
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 Podolski is looking forward to the trip and connecting with the Club’s passionate supporters in the region.

“I’m very excited,” he told Arsenal Player. “I went before when I was with Bayern Munich, and this will be my first time with Arsenal. I am very happy because the people there are crazy about Arsenal and football!

“When you arrive at the airport there are a lot of young fans there. They are so happy that you are there and I am very happy to go there.

“Here in London we don't have fans at training but over there we will have open sessions and play some matches, so the fans are close.

“They never [get to] see us up close so it is very important to go there, train and play matches in front of them - and also pose for pictures and sign some autographs.

"It is crucial [to go to see] the fans who support us a lot on Twitter, Facebook or other platforms.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 27 Jun 2013