Start spreading the news: Gunners heading Stateside

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Arsenal have officially confirmed that they’ll be heading for the USA this summer. As we told you last month the US was very much on the agenda and that’s been set in stone today.

The Gunners will play a friendly against New York Red Bulls in New Jersey on July 26th as part of their pre-season preparations.

That means they’ll face former Gunner Thierry Henry who said, “It goes without saying that hosting Arsenal at Red Bull Arena will be a special moment for me both on a professional and personal level. As I have said before, the club is in my heart and this will be another terrific chapter in my relationship with Arsenal Football Club.

“Along with my team-mates, I am excited to host Arsenal in New York – one of the greatest cities in the world – and hope that Red Bulls and Arsenal fans will be able to enjoy the match.”

While Arsene Wenger said, “This will be a great chance to play in front of supporters who have not seen the team play before. The New York Red Bulls will be midway through their season, so they will provide a good test. Obviously it will be good to play against Thierry. He is a very special player in our club’s history and I know the players and the supporters will enjoy this very much.”

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis added, “We are delighted to be visiting the United States for the first time in 25 years. We enjoy fantastic support there, and in particular in New York, so we are looking forward to providing our fans with an opportunity to watch the team play live.”

No tickets have been announced at this moment in time, but will undoubtedly be made available through official channels of both clubs.

It’s great for US fans, and very tempting for the rest of us to try and combine some holiday time and Arsenal time in a great city.

I gotta hankerin’ for some more of those epic happy-hour Margaritas and late night pizza slices.

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