Reports have emerged claiming that Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow was over the moon after it was announced his club would be meeting Arsenal on Australian soil.
The A-League giants will take on the Premier League powerhouse in a pre-season friendly match in Sydney in July 2017 and Barlow was quick to express his pride at the Gunners selecting the Sky Blues as their opponent.
“We are extremely proud to be hosting Arsenal, one of the world’s premier football clubs in Sydney in 2017,” he said.
“This announcement is a major coup for Sydney FC and for Australian sport.
“It demonstrates once again that when the world’s biggest and best football clubs come to Australia, it’s Sydney FC they want to play.
“This game follows our hugely successful games against Chelsea and Tottenham earlier this year and is a continuation of the strong relationship we have built with Destination NSW and ANZ Stadium.
“I look forward to welcoming Arsenal to Sydney in July 2017 and I anticipate another sell-out crowd and another historic night Australian football.”
The match will run in conjunction with a new strategic partnership between Arsenal FC and the New South Wales Government.