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Arsenal announce Asian tour

May 24, 2011

Arsenal have announced a pre-season tour of Asia in July which will take in Malaysia and China.

The team will play two games, the first in Kuala Lumpur before moving on to the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The Gunners will arrive in Kuala Lumpur on July 11 and play a Malaysia XI in the Bukit Jalil Stadium two days later.

They will then play Chinese Super League side Hangzhou GreenTown on July 16 at the Meihu Sports Center in Yiwu City.

Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: ''Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is excited to be visiting both Malaysia and China.

''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 looking forward to returning to China, where we last played a pre-season friendly in Beijing in 1995.

''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.''

The Gunners will also host the Emirates Cup on July 30 and 31 which this year will feature New York Red Bulls, Paris St Germain and Boca Juniors.