The Gunners are off to Australia in pre-season, with Arsenal set to play both big Sydney A-League sides, Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers in July. Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis started the promotional buildup when he said: “Our pre-season matches enable the squad to complete final preparations ahead of a new campaign, and Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers will provide a strong test for the team. The trip also gives our travelling squad a wonderful opportunity to see our loyal supporters in a country so passionate about football; it’s set to be a truly special trip and everyone at Arsenal Football Club is already looking forward to it.”
Sol Campbell is going to be the mentor for trip and will be liaising with the local organisers in Sydney, and he is also looking forward to his role. “It’s really an honour to be travelling to Sydney on behalf of Arsenal, and building up the excitement ahead of the first team’s pre-season tour this northern summer,” Campbell said.
“I know there’s a huge crowd of people working hard to get everything ready for the two games and a large number of really passionate fans counting down the days to the games.
“The Arsenal in Sydney Tour games will be important for the Arsenal Football Club on many levels. I’m really excited to be visiting Sydney. I’ve never been to the city, or indeed Australia before, and I’m looking forward to meeting people and seeing the landscape, which looks beautiful from everything I’ve seen.”
Well it sounds like a great excuse for a jolly to me!