Arsenal are close to agreeing a second summer friendly in Japan, with Nikkansports.com reporting the Gunners will play Urawa Red Diamonds in the Saitama City Cup on 26 July.
Held annually since 2003 , Urawa have previously faced the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, Feyenoord and Bayern Munich (Lukas Podolski grabbing a hattrick in a 4-2 win in 2008) in the showpiece fixture. Chelsea and Manchester City were considered for this summer’s game but appear to have fallen out of contention; perhaps put off by the flu outbreak which cancelled the fixture in 2009?
The Emirates outfit, although it has yet to be officially confirmed, are also scheduled to play Arsene Wenger’s former club Nagoya Grampus three days before on 23 July.
Having already announced a fixture in Jakarta against the Indonesian national team on 13/14 July it would appear that Arsenal are committing to a much lengthier tour of the Far East than on their previous two visits. Either that or the dates being mooted are subject to change…
Anyway, Arseblog News looks forward to Abou Diaby playing in a face mask before being ruled out for 2-3 weeks with that virus they have in Contagion.
Thanks to @RYO_cleverfish for the heads up.