Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Gunners Announce Pre Season Hong Kong Jolly

Gunners Announce Pre Season Hong Kong Jolly

Following on from last month's confirmation of a lucrative pre season friendly against Manchester City, in the opulent Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, Arsenal have released further details of their pre season plans with a friendly against Kitchee FC at the Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday, July 29, 2012.

It marks the club's first pre season visit to Hong Kong since 1995. Though you'd imagine this will be a slightly more polished affair from the infamously boozy 1995 pre season tour, in which Ray Parlour landed himself in the cells after a bust up with a taxi driver.

Details of further pre season money spinners are expected to be released in the coming weeks, with the club apparently keen to get to Africa where they enjoy an enormous fanbase. After last season's mini tour of China and Malaysia, this tour looks to be a more full on affair. The dates are notably later in the pre season calendar too, suggesting Arsene is reluctantly releasing the reigns for the marketing department. With FPP sending commercial activities into overdrive, it's a natural step.

Arsenal CEO and big cheese Ivan Gazidis said, 'It`s great that Arsenal Football Club is visiting Hong Kong again after 17 years. We have many followers in Hong Kong and it`s wonderful that these special fans will have an opportunity to see the first-team live in action. The match will follow on from our visit to Beijing, where we play Manchester City in the Bird`s Nest, and is another indication of Arsenal`s commitment to Asia.

"We`re all looking forward to visiting Hong Kong and playing Kitchee will provide the team with good preparation ahead of the 2012/13 season."



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday March 14 2012
Time: 12:12PM

Comments

0
Could only be a good thing!
Trennon
14/03/2012 12:35:00
0
Finally !!!!!!!
HK_Gunner
14/03/2012 14:20:00
0
HK, I feel you, mate. I can't wait to get confirmation the team will be in Nigeria (here's hoping I am in the country, at the time; exactly why I need prior notice), as was planned.
Naijagunner
14/03/2012 19:07:00
0
Africa is a huge market for us. The team enjoy massive popularity over there. I remember walking through the souk in Morrocco a few years back wearing one of the commemorative shirts and having to turn down numerous offers to buy if off my back.
Wyn Mills
15/03/2012 07:07:00
0
Lol, Wyn. I feel the continent may be due a commercial franchise of the club, to sell directly to fans, genuine Arsenal stuff as shirts, gift items and other memorabilia. As it stands, there is a huge market for "pirated" replicas of Arsenal products in Africa with most favouring these things coming in mainly from Asia and a few immitations made locally. If organized, the club could make a sizable pot from such. Just a thought on the subject.
Naijagunner
15/03/2012 16:29:00
0
*sizeable*
Naijagunner
16/03/2012 08:09:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

2016/17 Assist Kings (29/3/17)

The final international break of the Premier League 2016/17 season ticks on by and a number of players are still in the chase to take this year's assist King crown recognition.

Chelsea In For £50million Alexis?

A couple of reports are now doing the rounds suggesting that Chelsea will be expected to hand over around £50million if they have designs on Alexis Sanchez this summer.

Premier League Free Agents 2017

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should the club have an interest in any of the following free transfers from Premier League oppositions?

My Attitude's The Same - Alexis

Alexis Sanchez has been talking about his approach to maintaining his fitness levels and stating that his career won't last for ever, he insists his approach has always been the same.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Arsenal
Write For Vital Arsenal
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

West Brom MotM
Suggested By:
Cech0%
Bellerin4%
Mustafi0%
Koscielny0%
Monreal4%
Oxlade-Chamberlain0%
Xhaka36%
Walcott0%
Ramsey8%
Welbeck4%
Sanchez44%
Sub-Ospina0%
Sub-Giroud0%
Sub-Iwobi0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 28 22 3 3 69 38
2 Spurs 28 17 8 3 59 34
3 Man City 28 17 6 5 57 24
4 Liverpool 29 16 8 5 56 25
5 Man Utd 27 14 10 3 52 19
6 Arsenal 27 15 5 7 50 22
7 Everton 29 14 8 7 50 21
8 WBA 29 12 7 10 43 1
9 Stoke 29 9 9 11 36 -9
10 Southampton 27 9 6 12 33 -3
11 AFC Bournemouth 29 9 6 14 33 -12
12 West Ham 29 9 6 14 33 -12
13 Burnley 29 9 5 15 32 -11
14 Watford 28 8 7 13 31 -15
15 Leicester City 28 8 6 14 30 -14
16 Crystal Palace 28 8 4 16 28 -10
17 Swansea 29 8 3 18 27 -27
18 Hull City 29 6 6 17 24 -32
19 Middlesbrough 28 4 10 14 22 -13
20 Sunderland 28 5 5 18 20 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Apr 2 2017 4:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 5 2017 7:45PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 10 2017 8:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 17 2017 8:00PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 23 2017 3:00PM : Manchester City (H)
FA Cup

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.connor2
2.Naijagunner1
The Vital Football Members League