Arsenal confirm visit to Indonesia

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Arsenal’s plans for next summer are already taking shape after the club announced that Arsene Wenger’s squad will travel to Indonesia as part of a third consecutive pre-season tour of the Far East.

As is the norm (…err I think) in these circumstances Ivan Gazidis and Tom Fox handed over an Arsenal shirt to the country’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, at 10 Downing Street while Prime Minister David Cameron watched on with that face politicians do when they’re pretending to like football. It all looks a bit over the top, but seeing as the dignitary was in the area after a state banquet with the Queen, herself a Gooner, why not?

The Gunners are also still thought to be committed to playing a match in Nigeria at the end of the season after arrangements for a fixture in Abuja were cancelled late in the day this summer amidst security concerns. More details are expected later in the season.

Speaking about the trip to Indonesia, which will include a match in Jakarta, Gazidis said: “Everyone at Arsenal is extremely excited to once again be visiting Asia and travelling to Indonesia for what will be the Club’s first visit to the country in 30 years.

“We know that Arsenal enjoy fantastic support in Indonesia and we are all looking forward to bringing the Club closer to these loyal fans and learning more about the country’s rich heritage and culture.”

Great news for Arsenal’s swelling fanbase in Indonesia – fingers crossed we’ll have a trophy to parade while we’re there.

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COYG
COYG

Really wish they would come to the US for once. So I don’t have to go see Manure or some other shit team.

Sean
Sean

Apparently no money there according to those at the club. Despite AIG, AON, DHL and Chevrolet queuing up to give Man Utd cash.

Biggles
Biggles

Stan Kroenke might feel obliged to attend games if Arsenal visited the US. We can’t have that. Or should I say, he can’t have that.

Gooner
Gooner

Really wish they would go to India as well for once.

NCGooner
NCGooner

Ohhh Batshit !! I thought they said they would be coming to the US in 2013 ….. Sad just Sad …. with Kroenke being the major shareholder you would think he would try and increase Arsenal popularity in US …. although I believe they are popular enoughto merit one trip …

Dr Baptiste

Now are the club sure about this trip? I hope we’ve got a back up plan just in case…. I’m not taking anything away from Indonesia, fans around the world deserve to watch Arsenal, just that we’ve had our fingers burnt once.

Anon
Anon

Please enlighten me.

THEREISBEARCUM
THEREISBEARCUM

Burnt by what?

Anon
Anon

Oh God I’m out of the country just when they decide to come here even though last year people like Cesc and van Bronckhorst came over.

Why God?

Merlin's Panini's Coat
Merlin's Panini's Coat

Forgive my ignorance, but is Lizzy really a gooner?

Arsenefication
Arsenefication

Can Arsenal earn anything else (Commercial deals) other than the cash?

metalface13
metalface13

I agree, why no tour of the US? The sport is growing in popularity and its fans have a much, much higher disposable income than in Indonesia. You also have the added benefit of Nike’s strong marketing presence in the US.

Doesn’t make sense while ManU is opening a US office and has General Motors as a sponsor. Forget the Far East, head west and come to America.

medi
medi

Hooray! This time I don’t have to go abroad to see Arsenal play. Needs to hunt the ticket immediately.
I think fans in Indonesia deserve that. If you see the time when Arsenal visit Malaysia, Arsenal Indonesia fans was there, and be the most vocal and noisy supporters. Maybe not much cash in here, but as the 5th most populated country in the world Indonesia has potential market. Hopefully this time Arsenal bring the trophies. And why not play it in Bandung instead of Jakarta? Jakarta is very hot.

Rob'67
Rob'67

Great news for Arsenal’s swelling fanbase in Indonesia

And of course great news for Gazedis’s next pay rise. Which along with Stan’s balance sheet is what it’s all about – is it not ?

Sol Goodman
Sol Goodman

The home of chicken satay and the Komodo dragon, worth a visit for those two things alone.

Bb
Bb

Yeah as an indonesian gooner, I’am looking forward for this

Des
Des

For some reason I burst out laughing reading this, your pic didn’t help.

Derrick
Derrick

As an Indonesian Gooner for almost two decades, I’m simply delighted to hear this. Hope to give amazing support and hospitality next year.

COYG

bambang suwilshere
bambang suwilshere

i think with 250 mill people and football is the most popular sport in indonesia, this travel is good bussines for both.. nice plan..

Indian gooner
Indian gooner

Hope we get our transfers done early and get the team to gel before season starts..there are no internationals this year..don’t want a repeat of this season.

Conner
Conner

Im happy for Indonesia, but what the fuck? How many times do I have to see Manu, Chelsea, Mancity, Barca, Real Madrid, Celtic, Liverpool, AC Milan, fucking insigificant Roma, spuds, and other “who gives a shit” clubs before Arsenal just come to the US. Three years ago I was starting to get pissed at this blatant “fuck you America”, two years ago it grew a little, last year I was fucking angry and this year I don’t know how to act. They went to Malaysia last year, and now they are practically going to the exact same geological spot. If Arsenal went anywhere in Mexico, Canada, or the US, I, and thousands of American supporters would make it there. This is fucking horseshit.

hizkia

Hope arsenal ca go too Indonesia and play at stadion Glora Bung Karno !!

garyfootscrayaustralia
garyfootscrayaustralia

What’s Martin O’Neill doing in the middle of that pic?

willus
willus

They should stop by Australia as well. We’re so close to Indonesia!

samba
samba

Oh man. This is exciting. Can not wait longer. We will make Gelora Bung Karno the most noisy place for the Gunners :).

marvin
marvin

Finally!! Can’t wait till they are here.

alex
alex

Really wish they’d stop by in Australia

colohok
colohok

Indonesians will definitely welcome the mighty Red n White.

COYG

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GM
GM

Worth remembering that by the mid-century countries like Indonesia and Vietnam are forecasted to have a GDP per capita at the very least approaching that of European countries, and collectively they have shitloads more people than Britain and a much stronger interest in football than the Yanks.