It's only been a week since Arsenal suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the German football giants Bayern Munich. The North London club played a convincing first half at the Emirates Stadium, however, after French defender, Laurent Koscielny, was red carded for a tackle on Robert Lewandowski during the second half, the German champions convincingly beat them.
The match ended 5:1 for #bayern munich with an aggregate score of 10:2. This became the biggest knockout-stage loss suffered by any British club in the history of the Champions League. It is safe to say that #Arsenal fans will not be too pleased to hear that the Gunners are to play Bayern Munich again in the summer.
Arsenal announce pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich
With the Premiere League being the most watched #Football league in the world, it is no surprise that Arsenal have quite a few fans in China. Whilst Chinese football has been expanding over the past few years - with several prominent players moving to the East Asian country, the English and German leagues are known to be the best in the entire world. Arsenal have been known to travel to Asian countries to promote their club during their pre-season preparations.
This time around, they will be squaring off against Bayern Munich as part of their 2017 summer tour. ‘It will be very special for our Chinese fans to see a game of this stature," said Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on the club's official website, "We have a fantastic following in China and the two games we are playing there this summer will be an exciting part of our build up for the new season." Chinese fans will surely be looking forward to seeing some top talents such as Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Where and when?
The pre-season friendly between the Gunners and Bayern Munich will take place in Shanghai, China on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. According to the announcement on Arsenal's official webpage, this match will also "be part of the International Champions Cup, a multi-club pre-season group of matches in China". Furthermore, fans can also look forward to a London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday, July 22. This match will take place in Beijing, the capital city of China. Arsenal's pre-season is looking very tough, and Arsenal fans across the world will be hoping that the Gunners will put up a better fight this time around.