Arsenal to play Nigeria friendly

Arsenal’s preparations for the new Premier League season will see them travel to Nigeria to face the country’s national team in Abuja, the BBC has reported.

The match will be held on August 5 and it will be the first time the Gunners have played in the West African state. A strong Nigeria side is expected to be named for the fixture while Arsenal will also include many of their big names as they search for match-fitness ahead of the first game of the league season two weeks later.

Arsenal will also play matches in China and Malaysia, including a friendly against Premier League rivals Manchester City, after cancelling their annual Emirates Cup tournament due to the London Olympics. The BBC noted that Arsenal have not played in Africa since a 1993 visit to South Africa.

Arsene Wenger’s squad does not currently boast any Nigerian players but former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu, spent five years at the club between 1999 and 2004, winning the Premier League twice, the FA Cup twice and the Community Shield once.

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