Daily Archives: April 10, 2012

Arsenal add Malaysia to Pre-season dates; Why Nigeria may miss out.

Beautiful Morning to you all from wherever you’re reading, even if its not, surely the events of yesterday will at least make for a good start to the working week.

While we’re at it, someone send a bottle of wine to Dempsey(Bennett too) or better still, add the American to our shopping list for next season. With one year left on his contract he can’t command much and would be a great option off the bench or not. Well then, straight to the post.

Following the apparent success of last year’s visit, the club has announced it will be back at Malaysia as part of it’s Asian tour later this year ahead of the 2012/13 season.

This comes in addition to already set dates in Hong Kong against Kitchee FC on July 29 and in China against Manchster City at Beijing’s Bird Nest Stadium two days before.

You’ll recall that the match at the Bird’s Nest had its publicity done in the warm-up for Sunday’s league encounter between both sides with players of both clubs spotting shirts with words printed in Mandarin for viewers watching the match in China.

The Malaysian tour will kick off the club’s Asian tour, with the first-team squad to take part in an open training session in the Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur on July 23 before playing a match against a Malaysia XI at the same venue from 9.45pm local time on July 24.

Why The Nigerian Tour Might Not Happen

The Asian tour is expected to be followed by a tour to Nigeria early in August with Arsenal expected to play two matches, reportedly in Port Harcourt and Lagos, before returning to Europe to prepare for the 2012/13 season.

On a side note, I think the Nigerian date hasn’t received firm confirmation because the Champions League qualifying matches take place around the same time so I’m guessing the club is being cautious about confirming the date until third spot and group stage Champions League qualification has been cemented in the league.

The quest for that continues on Wednesday night when we visit bottom of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers, where a win would open a five point cushion for us over Sp*rs and Newcastle United.

Other News

Looks like the FA are looking into Balotelli’s reckless challenge on Song and if found guilty could be handed a 9match ban. Yes. 9 games, that’s his 3rd sending off in the league this season for the mercurial Italian.

Tomas Rosicky has been named player of the month for Arsenal beating Theo(2nd) and Vermaelen (3rd). He fully deserves it, the midfield has been key to our resurgence and he’s a man reborn, driving everyone forward. Unlike Pires I hope we keep him around longer.

Preview for that comes up here tomorrow morning. For now, have a pleasant day ahead.

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