The Gunners' first team squad will travel to Abuja this summer for a pre-season match on Sunday, August 5
English giants Arsenal have announced a playing tour for the summer that will see them visit Nigeria, one of their biggest fan bases, on August 5.
Star players Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, Alex Song, and Mikel Arteta are expected among a first-team squad that will come to NIgeria.
"In what will be the Gunners’ first match on Nigerian soil, Arsene Wenger’s side will play at the 60,000 capacity Abuja National Stadium. Arsenal’s opposition will be confirmed soon and is likely to be a leading African national team," stated a release from the club's communication deparment on Friday.
Speculation has been going on about the identity of the opponents with many Nigeria Premier League clubs claiming the right to play against the English team.
The Club last visited Africa during a tour to South Africa in July 1993, and is returning as a result of the fantastic support which exists for the team, not only in Nigeria, but across the entire continent.
Many Nigerians support the English Premier League club with several fan clubs spread around the country. Many have laid the popularity of the team to the influence of former Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu who played for the Gunners between 1999 and 2004.
The visit to Nigeria will conclude an exciting pre-season tour schedule for Arsenal, who return to both China and Malaysia in July, following the success of last term’s Asia Tour.
The Asia leg of the tour starts in Kuala Lumpur, when the team plays against a Malaysia XI on Tuesday, July 24. The Gunners then travel to China, to play against Manchester City in Beijing on Friday, July 27, followed by a trip to Hong Kong for a match against Kitchee FC on Sunday, July 29.