Gunners' pre-season plans take shape

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Arsenal's pre-season plans are starting to take shape, with the club confirming kick-off times for several of their matches before the start of the new campaign.

The Gunners will meet Hangzhou Greentown at 12:30pm UK time on Saturday, July 16th, with Arsene Wenger's side facing the Chinese Super League outfit at the Hangzhou Huanglong Stadium.

A week later Arsenal will face FC Cologne at the RheinEnergie Stadium, with a 2:30pm UK time kick-off scheduled in Germany against the Bundesliga outfit.

A trip to Portugal to face Lisbon, the Gunners' last warm-up match before the first match of the season against Newcastle United, has also been scheduled for August 6th.

The opening game of the Asia tour will see Arsenal take on a Malaysia XI on the 13th July, with a 1:45pm UK time kick-off scheduled.


Additional matches against Boca Juniors and New York Red Bulls on July 30th and 31st respectively will see Wenger's side compete in their only matches at the Emirates in the summer, and club Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis is excited by the matches ahead.

“Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is excited to be visiting both Malaysia and China. We enjoy huge support in Asia and this will help bring the Club closer to our fans in both countries," said the Arsenal man.

“The Club has a tradition of playing in Malaysia going back to the 1960s. This will be our fourth visit to Malaysia, having last visited Kuala Lumpur in 1999. We are also delighted to be returning to China. We last visited in 1995 when we played a pre-season friendly match in Beijing.

“It will also be a wonderful experience for the Club and our players, many of whom will be visiting Malaysia and China for the first time.”

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