|By Kenneth Ho|
Arsenal have confirmed their decision to visit Indonesia in July and play against an Indonesian selection squad.
Despite the ongoing furore between PSSI and KPSI, which resulted in Fifa’s stern warning of sanctions against Indonesia, Arsenal have nominated the Southeast-Asia country as part of its tour in the Asian region this summer.
"We know that Arsenal enjoy fantastic support in Indonesia, with over 1.3 million fans connected to us by Facebook alone, and we look forward to giving our loyal fans the chance to see their heroes in action,” said Arsenal chief commercial officer Tom Fox.
"Apart from the fact that it's an important market, we chose Indonesia because after playing for two years in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Arsenal fans coming from Indonesia were the most passionate ones.
"Indonesia will be our first destination during the pre-season tour. With no big tournaments such as the World Cup and Euro this year, we can ensure that all players will be available, except if injured. The manager (Arsene Wenger) enjoys tropical climates for training."
The match would take place on July 14 at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, and will be Arsenal’s second visit to Indonesia since 1983.
The Arsenal side then which contained legends such as David O’Leary were beaten 2-0 by Niac Mitra after goals from Singapore legendary striker Fandi Ahmad and Joko Malis.