TRAVEL GAZETTE – English premier league giants Arsenal will be traipsing “down under” in 2017 to play two warm-up matches against Australian A-League clubs Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers, the New South Wales state government has announced .
The matches are part of a two-year partnership that will see the state advertised on perimeter signage at the European football heavyweight’s home ground.
“As well as being our first partnership agreement in Australia, the deal is unique in combining a tourism partnership with pre-season matches,” Arsenal’s chief commercial officer, Vinai Venkatesham said in a statement.
It will be the gunner’s first trip to Australia in four decades where they lost two of three friendlies in a three match tour to Sydney and Adelaide in 1977.
The July 2017 tour follows a string of high profile European club visits this year. Sydney hosted Chelsea and Tottenham in May and June, while Manchester City, Real Madrid and AC Roma played exhibition matches in Melbourne and Liverpool showcasing their skills in Adelaide and Brisbane.