Date: 22nd July 2014 at 10:11am
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Arsenal make their first ever pre-season trip to America this weekend as they take on Thierry Henry`s New York Red Bulls.

Arsene Wenger has changed from his usual tack of travelling to the far East to tackle the good old US of A as the club tries to expand it`s “brand” (I really do hate that word) around the globe.

Arsenal already have an excellent following in the States, but following the excellent World Cup campaign of Team USA their love for “soccer” has gone through the roof.

So the boss sees this as a perfect time for a little jaunt across the pond.

Speaking on he said “It is the first time since I [started to] go to World Cups that I’ve been stopped by so many American people,”

“I can tell you something I’m completely convinced of – before people didn’t know who you were, but now every American guy I met knows Arsenal, knows England and knows the Premier League.”

“The enthusiasm about soccer in the States is new but big. I expect us to have a good crowd there. I hope that we can help to develop the interest in the game and that we can play a good match there to make people enjoy it.”

“It is the perfect time to go. I always wanted to go with Arsenal to the United States, so I’m personally very happy to do it.”

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