Wenger: Podolski and Giroud will play in Malaysia


Arsene Wenger has hinted that Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will feature against a Malaysia XI when Arsenal stop off in Kuala Lumpur on the first leg of the pre-season tour of Asia.

Speaking to regional press ahead of the match at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil on Tuesday, the boss confirmed that both his new signings would be on the plane to the Far East this weekend.

“The Malaysian fans are a pretty lucky bunch, I can say that much.

“Not only will they be able to catch all their favourite players in action, they will also be the first in the world to watch our new signings Podolski and Giroud take to the pitch in the Arsenal jersey.”

While Podolski may get playing time in Malaysia, it looks as though the German, along with compatriot Per Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky, will miss the friendly match in Hong Kong with Kitchee FC, after the club confirmed the quartet would leave the Asia tour to visit Nigeria.

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