Arsenal set for USA tour – yee-haa

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Pack your stars ‘n stripes and your handgun…the Royal Arsenal are set to play in the US of A. Arsene Wenger has resisted the temptation (maybe it wasn’t even one) up until now preferring instead to take the Gunners to Austria for training camps and then playing low-key pre-season friendly matches in nearby locations (countries) such as Poland.

But all that is about change and as well as America expect the rip-roaring Reds to pitch up in the Far East, too. How do we know that the shift in policy is upon us? Tom Fox, Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer, tells us so.

Asked if we will they ever travel to the United States as a club, he told arsenal.com: “The questions is when, not if . And when we do that we will do it in a way that demonstrates our commitment to come in and engage fans in that market in a way that is enduring and that adds value to our football club long term.”

Fox goes on to say that global tournaments aren’t the only way to introduce new fans to football. He added: “If you look at the U.S. leagues. Major League Baseball has played games outside of the U.S., the NFL and NBA have both played regular season games outside the U.S.”

“We want to expose this club to as many fans of sport and football as we can around the world. One terrific way to do that is to take the team and to show that team live and in person.”

I’ll have some of that, pardner – wonder if my away season ticket will cover the games across the pond?

Cracking cup tie at Leeds last night and I was delighted to find the Peacock pub was still standing (smack bang opposite the ground) after being wrongly informed it had been bulldozed. Had a few in there before moving to the White Hart (not a great name for a pub I am sure you’ll agree) and then to the ground to join the travelling fans behind the goal. Decent win and the complete opposite of the Ipswich games in terms of desire and concetration but the victory does mean you’ll need to set your alarm clocks in the next round – noon kick-off!

After three away games we now face four home matches on the bounce with Wigan, Ipswich, Huddersfield and Everton all arriving at the Ems before the Geordies away. And we then have three more games on our own patch with Wolves, Barca and Stoke the visitors…if we beat Huddersfield and are drawn at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup then that’ll be four.

 

20 Comments on "Arsenal set for USA tour – yee-haa"

  1. I believe Mr Wenger views the Emirates as the centre of the world!!! As HE recently stated that THE ARsenal have played ALL over the world? Very Middle Kingdom and VERY Chinese.
    Tom Fox ex-USA would say that would he not? Austria is near to Switzerland, the Arsenal have NOT played in Uzbekistan or Iran or USA or South America or China or India. There is NO Doubt The Emirates is the Middle Kingdom.

  2. As a Gunners fan in Denver, Colorado, I hope the Arsenal makes its way here to visit its US club counterpart, the Rapids. I’ll be the first in line to buy tickets!

  3. John in Norfolk | 20/01/2011 at 17:45 |

    Tom Fox; Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer! Hmm, haven’t heard too much about him before (yet another chief).

    Does Wenger know what this guy is talking about? I doubt it. He’s always stated his objection to long haul pre-season tours on the grounds of unnecessary and tiring travel.

    “The NFL and NBA have both played regular season games outside of The USA”. Don’t like the sound of that one, Premier League matches played overseas? Sounds like the Premiership 39th game idea which was kicked into the long grass last year.

    Eldo, the answer is no your season ticket wont cover games in The USA but it will cover less games in the UK.

  4. please play a game at soldier field.

  5. I’m sure it would do good for Arsenal’s image abroad but apart from money what other benefits would accrue to the Club.I think it should be left to AW to decide where the best venue should be for his pre-season training.

  6. washington d.c.!!!!!!!
    please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please

  7. [quote name=John in Norfolk]”The NFL and NBA have both played regular season games outside of The USA”. Don’t like the sound of that one, Premier League matches played overseas? Sounds like the Premiership 39th game idea which was kicked into the long grass last year.[/quote]
    I don’t think this will happen any time soon. What is more likely and, to me, more worrying would be an NFL style European league of Elite clubs that can’t be relegated. And the rumours are that many of Europes top clubs are interested in this idea because they aren’t happy about UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.

  8. Whats the point of extra revenue when we refuse to spend it on players? After all that is the most important part of ‘Arsenal (the company)’ – success on the pitch.

    And if they are bringing in such a huge profit each year and not spending it on players why don’t they cut the price of tickets or the price of food and more importantly drink in the stadium.

  9. BARCA WILL WIPE DA FLOOR WITH U LOT IN BOTH LEGS… IM WILING TO BET MY HOUSE ON IT! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!! I CANT WAIT TO C DA GOONERS CRY… PEDRO XAVI INIESTA VILLA AND MESSI NEARLY AS GOOD AS DA SPURS TEAM BUT FOR ME NO CHANCE…WHEN WE PLAY DEM IN DA FINAL AT WEMBLY BALE AND CO WILL SHOCK DA WORLD AND MAKE ALL DA GOONERS CRY BY PARAIDING DA EROPEAN CUP ALONG DA SEVEN SISTERS AND RUBBIN IT IN BIGTIME!!!…. CMON ARRY WE CAN DO IT!
    YID ARMY!!!!

  10. DANTHEHOTSPURMAN | 20/01/2011 at 20:45 |

    SPELING MISTAKE..I MENT DANTHEHOTSPURMAN!

  11. no one cares

  12. Dan, fuck off you bitter tosser! 😡

  13. A scary thought just crossed my mind… What if the spuds really end up winning the champions league??? O.M.G

  14. I think Dan has just fell off his chair 😆

  15. if they vame to boston. they could play in FENWAY PARK against liverpool. right when john henry bought they i was praying this would happen. COME ON GUNNER!!!!

  16. Isn’t Fenway Park the wrong shape for football…

  17. No one believes he owns a house!

  18. John in Norfolk | 21/01/2011 at 17:02 |

    Not the way Liverpool play! 😀

  19. StratfordHotspurs | 21/01/2011 at 23:17 |

    Dan fuck off to Stratford and take your shitty club with you, fucking scummer, learn to spell while you’re at it – however it’s not surpising that a yid doesnt know how to spell “parading” and “European Cup”. retard

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