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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Sal

Champions?

Bai Blagoi

International champions, not just any champions.

shokim

Europa League and/or Carabao Cup champions?

Teakster

January Transfer Window Champions 2018

Anonymarse

Yep we def won the transfer window

sambo

Top 4 champions

Goonerink

were the current holders…

Ashipa

Preseason news in February eh.

Damn…

Ozenal

Need to go Singapore via Vietnam again. See how many people chase the bus this time.

santori

Feel Arsenal have been to Asia too often.

Should make a trip to the Americas, its a big potential market not sufficiently exploited by the club and the American owner.

Goonerink

there’s no real money in south america, but Canada and the US maybe.
though the US failed to qualify for the WC so less interest this cup cycle.
asia’s economy is doing great atm coupled with the population density makes for a more profitable endeavour

santori

US.

Its an untapped market.

It could be a gate way to other parts of the America If the MLS could leverage.

300m means plenty of latent talent plus money.

Unfortunate the current regime there have other ideas about immigrants.

But still largely under leveraged. Also great brand building exercise.

US public still largely in their own world but awareness of the sport is on a huge growth spurt with youth.

negativenate

Arsenal played two games in California last year and are supposed to play a couple in the States this year as well, so I’m not sure what you’re on.

PersonFace

Damn, timing could have been better. I’m in Singapore right now and leaving in June. Still never been to an Arsenal game 🙁 .

Espen

Awesome, they are coming to my country!

Zyrth

Haha! Hi there fellow Singaporean gooner

Pete

I am from Singapore too and now live fifteen minutes’ drive from the Arsenal training ground in London Colney. More Singaporeans in Hertfordshire please.

Goonerink

surprised PersonFace hasn’t down-voted this haha

OnlyComeToSeeEboue

Dublin is very big I hear. It just keeps Dublin and Dublin and Dublin

themightybun

Hahahaha Carlos Vela Vela Vela…

SB Still

Off-topic:

Chelsea trip up at Watford. 6 points to 3rd place. We need to beat the Tots, this weekend and get in the mix for the top 4.

btw

Ha Ha Chelsea! However, our victory over them in the cowabunga cup has been slightly diminished by their thrashings at the hands of Bournemouth (3-0) and Watford (4-1).

sambo

I prefer to think our win over them was the beginning of their demise

Yankee Gooner

I call a space on Blog’s couch; will bring small-batch bourbon. Glad that’s sorted!!

Nachos in Montreal

YAY ARSENAL ARE COMING TO MY COUNTRY AGAIN!!!

santori

In other news…

Watford 4 – Chelski 1

Something about lacking testicles by Deeney…

Sets us up perfectly.

We HAVE TO win against Spurts. It’s a cup final.

Beat them and we are one point off plus a massive dent on their confidence. Should Chelski continue to stumble (say a draw), we will be 3 points off fourth with some games left in it. TOUCH wood.

granit(e) hard!

Smashing the spuds is a must for Arsenal, be it premier league match, cup final or five-a-side football…..we just don’t do friendlies with them noisy lot!

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Anyone know a bad lasagne chef?

George Onyango

I don’t see the need of such tours! Money made for the club ends up in Kroenke pocket and extends Wenger’s contract beyond belief!
Arsenal should have the old type of pre season in Europe to fully prepare for next season.
They really need to sit down and talk about this season which has been a disaster.