VIETNAM - The English Premier League’s famed Arsenal has accepted the Vietnam Football Federation's (VFF) invitation to play a friendly match against the Vietnamese national team on July 17.
The information was confirmed at a March 5 press briefing organised by the VFF, its sponsor Eximbank, and the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group.
Arsenal players will arrive in Vietnam on July 15, meeting with fans and the national media to promote the club’s image and international reputation.
An Arsenal representative said the club, under head coach Arsene Wenger, will travel with its strongest squad as well as some of its former legends.
The club's Vietnamese presence is primarily attributable to the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, a partner in the construction of the Hoang Anh Gia Lai-Arsenal JMG in the highland province of Pleiku.
Arsenal is one of the most popular international teams among Vietnamese football fans, alongside Manchester United and Barcelona.
(News and photos are extracted from VOV Online.)