Arsenal say sorry to Nigeria with smiley delegation

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Arsenal will send four first team players to Nigeria as they look to save face following the cancellation of a much-vaunted pre-season friendly in Abuja.

Bacary Sagna, Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky are the awesome foursome nominated to spend the middle weekend of July shaking hands, smiling, waving, signing autographs and generally doing their best ‘we-are-not-responsible-for-the-match-being-called-off-why-not-buy-a-replica-shirt-lol’ face for local Gooners.

Having signed sponsorship deals with regional brands Airtel and Malta Guinness, they’ll no doubt be plenty of opportunities for the quartet to also pose with mobile phones and quaff malt-based soft drinks as well.

Speaking about the decision to send the players, Arsenal’s head of global partnerships Vinai Venkatesham said:

“We were disappointed to have to postpone the game and intend to visit Nigeria next summer. However we are delighted to be bringing this group of players to Nigeria to take part in events with our regional partners. It will give us a chance to engage with local supporters and reinforce our commitment to the market.”

In addition to the upcoming flying visit, Arsenal have reasserted that they will play a pre-season friendly in Nigeria next summer.

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