Arsenal set to play a pre-season friendly next summer in Singapore as part of the International Champions Cup.
The Gunners are one of three European sides in contention to travel to the south east Asian city-state to take part in the tournament. Next summer’s trip could well pitch Arsene Wenger’s side against stiffer opposition with Lyon and Atletico Madrid rumoured to be on the roster.
The last time the Gunners visited Singapore, in July 2015, Chuba Akpom’s hat-trick and Jack Wilshere’s penalty helped them to a 4-0 win over a local Select XI in the Barclays Asia Trophy. Arsenal took part in the International Champions Cup last summer picking up a trophy when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties in Shanghai. The tournament, which seems to have no fixed format, is mostly just a cash cow for a company called Relevant Sports to flaunt the world’s biggest clubs in far-flung places.
Last season a total of 105,000 fans attended the matches between Chelsea, Bayern and Inter in 2017 and after a busy January transfer window the Gunners are set to be one of the main draws this summer with supporters keen to see the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan with their own eyes.
However dates for the 2018 edition of the competition are still to be confirmed but Arsenal are said to be in advanced talks with Catalyst Media Group and Relevant Sport, the organisers of the International Champions Cup in Singapore.