By Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal fly to China on Thursday for the second leg of their pre-season tour of Asia and Robin van Persie is expecting another warm welcome.

Arsène Wenger's side saw off a Malaysia XI on Wednesday night to bring to an end an enjoyable first half of their week-long stay in the Far East.

Van Persie and the rest of the squad now head north for a friendly against Hangzhou Greentown on Saturday and the Dutch forward is looking forward to meeting Arsenal’s fans in China.

"I hope [they will have] the same enthusiasm" Van Persie told Arsenal Player. "Hopefully we can do similar stuff there and see how the fans feel.

"China is a very big country and they have a lot of Arsenal fans so we are looking forward to it."

The full interview with Robin is now available on Arsenal Player. He discusses: the Malaysia leg of the Asia Tour, Arsenal fans in the Far East, the open training session and his a message to supporters in China.

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