Just in case anyone wasn’t sure how popular Arsenal were around the world, then this little story may give you some idea. The Gunners have not visited Australia for 40 years, would you believe, but incredibly the two games, Arsenal v Sydney FC on July 13 and Arsenal v Western Sydney Wanderers on July 15 — are expected to be sold out very quickly.
The games may be 11 months away, but an incredible 70,000 tickets have already been sold. And don’t think that it is just to Arsenal fans from Down Under, as it has been revealed that they have also sold tickets to fans from America, Austria, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, Japan, Hong Kong, New Caledonia, Thailand and New Zealand. Surprisingly only 300 have been sold to UK fans so far, but I bet there are thousands more thinking about making the trip. If so they had better get applying for tickets very quickly! If anyone wants to bet on Arsenal while they are in Australia then check out this Crownbet promo code for Arsenal v Sydney and they will give you A$500 to bet with for free!
Apparently, the New South Wales government have paid A$8m to secure Arsenal‘s arrival, but they expect to more than double that through money earned from tourism, so it’s no surprise that the NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres was gushing about the benefits it would give to the area, despite it being their winter at that time of the year. “With so many tickets sold to interstate and international fans,” Ayres said. “the two Arsenal matches are set to deliver a huge boost to the NSW economy, with hotels, restaurants and attractions set to fill with visitors next July.”
Ivan Gazidis was happy to join in the cheering for our overseas fans when he said: “Our preseason 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.”
So that just goes to show how popular the Gunners are on the other side of the world. But the big question is whether Arsenal will be arriving in Oz as Premier League Champions, or on the other hand, who will be the manager by then….