Date: 10th May 2011 at 6:45pm
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Since Arsenal’s trip to Malaysia and Thailand in 1999, apart from some young Guns’ appearances in Hong Kong, Gooners in this part of the world have not had the good fortune of watching the Gunners in Asia.

That is about to change this summer, with Arsene Wenger finally agreeing to spend part of their pre-season programme in Asia. According to the club’s official Chinese website, the Gunners will visit Malaysia on 11th July, fly to Hangzhou, China, on 14th July, take part in a training session that will be open to fans on 15th and play a friendly against local team Hangzhou Nabel Greentown FC on 16th at a 35,000-seat stadium. This will be the Gunners’ first trip to China since the visit of the likes of Tony Adams and David Seaman in May 1995.

According to the same website, Tom Fox, the club’s commercial director, is due to announce the team’s Asian tour at a press conference in Hangzhou, China, on 26th May. One interesting thing in this article that caught my eye – apart from the timing of this announcement ahead of the official global website – is that all first-team squad members on the books before 1st July are obliged to go on this tour, with the possible exceptions of the injured ones and those who will have taken part in the Euro U-21 Championship in June.

The organiser reveals that tickets will be made available in early June. The lowest price will be ¥300, or £28 approximately.

Those Gooners who read Chinese can click here for further details in the official article.