For a long time, Arsenal resisted the temptation to move its preseason training camp beyond Europe's borders.
However, in 2011 the Gunners embarked on their first international tour in 12 years. After repeating the trip last summer, Arsenal have now headed over to Asia for a 2013 tour encompassing visits to Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.
The Gunners are finally embracing their global fanbase.
As well as the improving the club's worldwide profile, the tour is vital for building fitness and form ahead of the new campaign. Arsenal kickoff their preseason against a specially-selected Indonesia XI.
According to Mikel Arteta, the Gunners are determined to put on a show. The Spanish midfielder told Arsenal.com:
When it comes to the games, we need to put some good performances in and put on a good show. The fans will be excited and we don't know when we're going to get back there. It's going to be important.
Arsenal, it seems, will not be taking this game lightly.
Match: Arsenal vs. Indonesia Dream Team
Where: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Indonesia
When: Sunday, July 14, 8.30 p.m. local time
Arsenal travel to Asia with a relatively healthy squad.
Abou Diaby remains a long-term absentee, and he will be remain in London alongside Thomas Vermaelen, who has picked up a back problem.
The Spanish pair of Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are unlikely to be used as they have not returned to training after their Confederations Cup exploits.
Players to Watch
Preseason friendlies are a great time to spot potential future stars.
Arsenal's only summer signing thus far is the French forward Yaya Sanogo. However, he is unlikely to be part of the tour as he is competing at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
However, there will be a few unfamiliar faces for Gunners fans to keep an eye on. Ryo Miyaichi has returned from an injury-riddled loan spell with Wigan, while youngsters including German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld are expected to be handed a chance to stake their claim for a first-team spot.
The Indonesian "Dream Team" will be made up of a selection of local players. The goalkeeper, Kurnia Meiga Hermansyah, is a life-long Arsenal fan and will be keep to impress against his heroes.
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