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Arsenal to play Man City in Beijing

Arsenal have announced they will play Manchester City in a pre-season friendly called the 'China Cup' in the iconic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing on July 27.

The Gunners had a successful tour to Asia last summer, playing matches in China and Malaysia. Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: "Further to our hugely successful visit to Hangzhou in 2011, everyone at Arsenal is extremely excited to once again be visiting China this year.

"We enjoy huge support in Asia and by playing a match in Beijing, we will once again be bringing the Club close to our loyal fans in China. The players and staff had an amazing time in China last year and we are all looking forward to visiting this great country again in July.

"The match against Manchester City is sure to be an exciting spectacle, with many great players from both sides playing in front of thousands of supporters in the wonderful 'Bird's Nest' Stadium. It is also fitting that two English clubs are playing each other on the opening day of the London 2012 Olympics, in the stadium which hosted the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games."


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