Singapore to host Arsenal in International Champions Cup

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According to local paper Today, Arsenal will play a pre-season friendly next summer in Singapore as part of the International Champions Cup.

The last time the Gunners visited Singapore, in July 2015, Chuba Akpom’s hat-trick and Jack Wilshere’s penalty helped them to a 4-0 win over a local Select XI in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

Next summer’s trip could well pitch Arsene Wenger’s side against stiffer opposition with Lyon and Atletico Madrid rumoured to be on the roster.

Arsenal took part in the International Champions Cup last summer picking up a trophy when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties in Shanghai. The tournament, which seems to have no fixed format, is mostly just a cash cow for a company called Relevant Sports to flaunt the world’s biggest clubs in far-flung places.

Given it’s a World Cup year it’s unlikely that Arsenal will embark on a long tour of the Far East. There are early suggestions that a fixture could be played in Dublin but that’s yet to be confirmed. We’ll keep you updated if we hear more.

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