Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has spoken of his excitement ahead of the Arsenal In Sydney Tour which will see the Gunners play back-to-back blockbusters at ANZ Stadium next month.
Wenger, who just extended his contract with Arsenal for at least the next two seasons, guided his club to their record-breaking 13th FA Cup win last season and is set to lead his first team squad against the Wanderers on Saturday 15 July.
“I love Australia, we have a strong support there so it’s always a privilege to travel and to see how big a club Arsenal has become,” said Wenger.
“From a very local club, Arsenal has become a world club that is respected by and all over the world.
“For us, preseason is the moment where we can enjoy that and we can give as well some pleasure to the fans who love us from all these different countries. Australia is a very sporting country and it will be very nice to go there and play.
“We play twice there and I am convinced that it will be two different games for the start.”
After sealing his 7th individual FA Cup (the most by a single manager), Wenger knows there’s plenty of work to be done heading into next season.
Taking the Gunners to a Premier League title is the goal and Wenger has already acknowledged the need to add to his current squad – meaning a number of new signings could be making their debut in Sydney next month.
“Between now and the tour we will work every day to get the best possible environment around the team and to strengthen the team,” said Wenger.
“That’s basically a lot of dark, invisible work. But that is demanded and that means never leave your seat without your phone, never go to bed without your phone, because anything can happen.
“We will basically be on alert 24 hours a day.”
With Wenger locked in and a number of signings on the way, the Gunners are making waves as they sail towards Sydney for their Tour in just over a months time.