Promises to visit the country next season

Arsenal will not be playing a pre-season friendly in Nigeria after the proposed trip to the west African country was “postponed”.

The Gunners insist they will make good on their promise to visit the region next summer after admitting they were not “comfortable on everything needed to satisfy our requirements”.

Arsene Wenger’s side were set to travel to Abuja and play a match on August 5 but will now rather focus their attentions on their Asia tour scheduled for later this month.

Arsenal marketing director Angus Kinnear said in a statement: “Bringing a top-level club to an international market is always complicated and logistically challenging.

“With the proposed match in Nigeria planned for early August, we could not get comfortable on everything needed to satisfy our requirements, so we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the team’s visit.

“We have a huge and loyal following in Africa, and we are sorry that the team will not be visiting this summer.

“However, we have a long-term commitment to Nigeria and we are already making plans for a visit next summer.

“In addition, we also have some exciting forthcoming activities planned with our commercial partners in Nigeria – Emirates, Airtel and Malta Guinness, which will kick off in the next few weeks.”

Arsenal will play Manchester City at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium on July 27.

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