Arsenal announce pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich in Shanghai

This comes one week after the Gunners were dumped out of the Champions League by the Bundesliga champions

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Arsenal have announced that they will face Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly in Shanghai this summer.

One week after the club were humiliatingly dumped out of the Champions League by the Bundesliga side, the Gunners confirmed on Tuesday morning that they are due to play their German rivals once more on July 19.

The match will be played at the Shanghai stadium as part of the International Champions Cup, before Arsenal travel to Beijing to take on Chelsea in what will be the first meeting between the two sides outside of Europe.

The announcement will surely serve as a source of bewilderment for Arsenal’s fans who have seen their side struggle to overcome the Germans in recent years.

Following last Tuesday’s Champions League exit, Arsenal have now been eliminated by Bayern at the last-16 stage of the competition on three separate occasions across the past four years.

Arsene Wenger’s men have played the Munich side a total of eight times in the last five seasons but this hasn’t stopped the club from arranging a pre-season friendly with the Bundlesliga champions.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: "It will be very special for our Chinese fans to see a game of this stature.

"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."

It remains unclear whether Arsene Wenger will remain in charge for the club’s pre-season friendlies, with his current contract set to expire in the summer.

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