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Arsenal announce pre-season clash with Manchester United in New York

Arsenal announce pre-season clash with Manchester United in New York

It will be their first meeting on American soil.

Arsenal will face Manchester United in a pre-season friendly in New York ahead of the 2023-24 season.

The two Premier League sides have confirmed they will meet at MetLife Stadium on July 22.

It will be the first time the two clubs have faced each other in the United States.

The match will be Arsenal's second on their pre-season tour of the US, with the Gunners taking on an MLS All-Stars team at Audi Field in Washington DC on July 1.

United, meanwhile, face newly-promoted League Two side Wrexham in a friendly at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego on July 25.

Erik ten Hag's side will then play Borussia Dortmund at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on July 30.

"The plans for pre-season are making good progress, with the match against Manchester United in New York being another important part of our preparations," Arsenal's sporting director Edu told the club's website.

"Playing against strong opposition in a great stadium in front of so many of our supporters in New York will provide Mikel [Arteta] and the squad with a strong test and great experience ahead of the new season.

"We've now announced two matches in the US in July and look forward to announcing further details of our pre-season soon."

Manchester United's football director of John Murtough added: "Manchester United versus Arsenal is one the most famous and anticipated fixtures in the English football calendar and supporters from both clubs understand how big the rivalry between the two sides is.

"It's great to be able to bring this match to New York and play in front of what I am sure will be a sell-out crowd.

"I know Erik and the squad are looking forward to starting their pre-season preparations in New York and utilising the great sporting facilities available to us in the city.

"The last time United played in New York was in 2011, so we are excited to be returning after such a long wait. There is no better location to kick start the club’s Tour 2023."

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Topics: Arsenal, Manchester United, Football, Premier League