Arsenal confirm that friendly with New York Red Bulls is a sell out

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Arsenal recently announced that they would be taking on the New York Red Bulls this summer as part of their preparation for the 2014-15 English Premier League season.

And it seems that they have proved extremely popular with fans state side.

Arsenal's official Twitter account today confirmed that the game, scheduled for July 26 at the Red Bull Arena, is already a complete sell-out meaning that Arsene Wenger's team will be performing in front of over 25,000 fans as they look to gain match fitness.

Returning the favor

The New York Red Bulls travelled to London to play Arsenal as part of the 'Emirates Cup' back in 2011, and the two teams of course share one common denominator - Thierry Henry.

The Frenchman has been part of the New York Red Bulls roster since 2010 but is a bonafide legend in North London, having scored 175 goals in just 258 during his time with Arsenal. And he will surely be relishing the chance to come up against the Gunners one more time this summer.

And Arsenal fans themselves are clearly keen to get another glimpse of their departed hero, with the club's official website confirming that they have sold their own allocation of 5,000 tickets for the July fixture - 4,500 of which are already based in the US.

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Change of scenery 

Arsenal will travel and play in the United States for the first time since 1989 when they took on Argentinean side Independiente in an exhibition game in Miami and it marks a change in tradition since Arsene Wenger has been in charge.

Usually Arsenal compete in warm up games in Austria as well as welcoming teams to the Emirates stadium for their annual four-way cup competition.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was clearly happy with how they have been received in the US:

"“We enjoy fantastic support in the United States and this has been illustrated by the match selling out extremely quickly," he explained.

"We are all looking forward to the match against the New York Red Bulls and are delighted to be able to provide our fans with an opportunity to watch the team play live in New York in the summer.”

Red Bulls take a break

Thierry Henry and the NYRBs meanwhile will take a break from their domestic league action in order to take part in the fixture.

The game against the English Premier League side comes sandwiched in between two MLS regular season clashes against first San Jose, and then Real Salt Lake four days later.

The New York franchise currently find themselves in fifth place in the Eastern Conference at present having won just four of their 16 games to date and they will be hoping to be in better form when they welcome Arsenal to the Red Bulls Arena.

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