Arsenal postpone pre-season game against Nigeria

The Gunners have been forced to reluctantly cancel their friendly against the Super Eagles, which was scheduled to take place in August, due to logistical issues
Arsenal have been forced to postpone their proposed pre-season friendly against Nigeria.

The Gunners were scheduled to face the Super Eagles at the Abuja National Stadium on August 5 as part of their summer preparations for the 2012-13 Premier League campaign in what would have been the club's first trip to Africa since manager Arsene Wenger's arrival in 1996.

However, it appears that logistical difficulties regarding the trip have arisen and the north London club feel that certain requirements necessary for the trip have not been fulfilled.

In a statement on the club's official website, marketing director Angus Kinnear said: "Bringing a top-level club to an international market is always complicated and logistically challenging.

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"With the proposed match in Nigeria planned for early August, we could not get comfortable on everything needed to satisfy our requirements, so we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the team’s visit."

Kinnear was keen apologise to the club's African fanbase and hopes that they can instead fulfill the fixture in the summer of 2013.

"We have a huge and loyal following in Africa, and we are sorry that the team will not be visiting this summer," he continued.

"However, we have a long-term commitment to Nigeria and we are already making plans for a visit next summer.

"In addition, we also have some exciting forthcoming activities planned with our commercial partners in Nigeria - Emirates, Airtel and Malta Guinness - which will kick off in the next few weeks.”

The club's sponsor, Emirates Airlines, also commented, stating through the club's official website: "Emirates shares Arsenal’s disappointment that the team’s visit to Nigeria has been postponed.

"We look forward to working with Arsenal to bring the club closer to its loyal Nigerian fans through new initiatives over the coming months."