The Gunners are set to become the first Premier League side to visit Vietnam this summer as part of their pre-season commercialization tour within Asia during July 2013.
Arsenal executives have made the trip to the Far East to organize the fixture against the Vietnamese national team which could potentially be staged in Hanoi on July 17.
There is a huge interest in English football particularly in Arsenal, and with the recent success of past pre-season trips to Asia, Wenger’s side will train and play in Vietnam before the Premier League 2013/14 season starts.
Chief commercial officer Tom Fox, who is with marketing director Angus Kinnear in Hanoi told Arsenal’s official website:
Arsenal Football Club has so many loyal supporters all across Asia and we are delighted to be here in Vietnam discussing the possibility of playing a match in Hanoi in July.
Initial negotiations have gone very well and we are hoping to announce developments on our pre-season tour activities in the near future. The Club and the players have hugely enjoyed successful pre-season visits to Asia in the past two years, and we are all looking forward to bringing the team to this region again this year.
Arsenal are already set to embark on fixtures in Jakarta, Indonesia as part of the club’s third consecutive pre-season Asia Tour. The Gunners previously visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Hangzhou, China in 2011, as well as featuring in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Hong Kong last summer.
The trips help to commercialize Arsenal and bring the stars of today and tomorrow to new and existing fans who otherwise would never get a chance to see their side in the flesh. Although Wenger has not always been a firm believer in commercial trips, his favourable trip to Austria has certainly become a thing of the past with the other European big guns also spending part of the summer travelling.