Asked if he had a message for fans who had stayed away from the West Bromwich Albion game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told his post-match press conference: "Come and support the team" (Photo: AFP)
Arsenal on Saturday confirmed two 2017 pre-season friendlies in Sydney, continuing the growing trend of top clubs choosing Australia as a warm-up destination.
The Gunners will play A-League side Sydney FC on July 13 next year at ANZ Stadium and Western Sydney Wanderers two days later at the same venue.
"Our pre-season matches enable the squad to complete final preparations ahead of a new campaign, and Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers will provide a strong test for the team," Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said in a statement on both clubs' websites.
"The trip also gives our travelling squad a wonderful opportunity to see our loyal supporters in a country so passionate about football."
Arsenal last visited Sydney in 1977, well before long-time manager Arsene Wenger's days, losing 3-1 to an Australian XI.
They follow in the footsteps of a string of clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid which have visited Australia in recent years.
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