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Arsenal looking forward to pre-season tour of Asia

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says the North London club are excited about their pre-season tour of Malaysia and China.

The Gunners, trophyless for a sixth-straight season, will travel to Asia in July for a game in Kuala Lumpur before travelling onto Hangzhou.

Arsenal play a Malaysia XI in the Bukit Jalil Stadium on July 13 and then take on Chinese Super League side Hangzhou GreenTown on July 16 at the Meihu Sports Center in Yiwu City.

Gazidis said it will be a great opportunity to return to the region they have been visiting for some time now.

"Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is excited to be visiting both Malaysia and China," he told the club's official website.

"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."

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