Friday 29 March 2013

Asian tour takes Wenger back to former club

Arsenal manager to face Nagoya Grampus Eight on 22 July in pre-season match

Arsenal's Ryo Miyaichi could return to his homeland for the match

Arsenal have announced that they will play a pre-season match against Nagoya Grampus Eight as part of their Asia Tour 2013.

Arsène Wenger will face the club he left to manage Arsenal at the 45,000-seat Toyota Stadium, in Nagoya, on 22 July, 2013. It will be Arsenal’s first match in Japan since May 1968.

"I am looking forward to meeting many good friends again in the summer"
Arsene Wenger

The trip to Japan forms part of the club’s “Asia Tour 2013”, which is being done in co-operation with ProEvents. It includes a visit to Jakarta, Indonesia on 13-14 July for an exhibition match against the Indonesian National Team at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and the club says they are working on plans for other fixtures in the region this summer.

“The Arsenal first team has not visited Japan in over 40 years, and we are all extremely excited in meeting many loyal Japanese Arsenal supporters during our time in this magnificent country,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said. “Visiting Japan will not only be special to the players and staff, but also to Arsène, who spent a successful time as manager of Nagoya Grampus before he joined Arsenal.”

Arsène Wenger said: “I have many good memories from my time working in Japan and the success I enjoyed with Nagoya Grampus and I am looking forward to meeting many good friends again in the summer.”

The match could also mark a return for Arsenal's Japan winger Ryo Miyaichi, who was born and raised just south of Nagoya. Miyaichi is at present recovering from injury while on a loan spell with Wigan Athletic.

Further details regarding the matches in Jakarta and Nagoya, including ticket details, will be announced in due course.

For the latest updates on where clubs in the Barclays Premier League are touring this summer, click here.

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Key Points

  • Arsenal to face Nagoya Grampus Eight in pre-season match on 22 July
  • It will be the club's first trip to Japan in more than 40 years
  • Manager Arsene Wenger will face the team he once coached
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