Australian Football fans are in for a real treat. But they need to wait a little while longer. After Football Federation of Australia announced that the Socceroos will play Tajikistan on March 24, next year, in their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign, it is time for Arsenal.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, Arsenal Fans will be excited to know that their favorite Club and players will be playing in Sydney over the course of two matches in 2017.
NSW minister for sport Stuart Ayres announced on Wednesday that the Gunners will be visiting Australia to play pre-season friendlies with Sydney FC and Western Sydney in July, 2017 at the ANZ Stadium. Apparently, it took 39-years for the English club to schedule a match in Australia.
Sky Blues Chairman Scott Barlow was quoted as saying, “We are extremely proud to be hosting Arsenal, one of the world’s premier football clubs in Sydney in 2017.”
“I look forward to welcoming Arsenal to Sydney in July 2017 and I anticipate another sell-out crowd and another historic night Australian football.”
More details will be announced soon and the tickets are expected to go on sale in August 2016. The Daily Mail Uk reports, the last time Arsenal came to Sydney was way back in 1977. Terry Neill side lost 3-1 to an Australian side featuring John Kosmina in that match.
Sydney previously hosted friendly matches with Tottenham and Chelsea in May and June, but it is a big opportunity for the Wanderers to host a big overseas club in a home friendly game.
Wanderers Chairman Paul Lederer commented “Arsenal are a huge team and we know that many of our fans are also major fans of the Arsenal Football Club.”
“We look forward to working with our new partner to promote NSW, before bringing our first team to Sydney for two games in 2017 in front of our passionate Australian fans,” said Arsenal’s chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham.