Arsenal set for A-League friendlies

Arsenal is the latest English Premier League club lined up for friendlies in Australia with the North Londoners set to take on Sydney and Western Sydney Wanderers.

The popularity of the club and the rarity of the visit should ensure a massive turnout at ANZ Stadium for the two pre-season fixtures.

For football fans it's an opportunity to watch the A-League clubs face off against the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech not to mention "Le Professeur" - manager Arsene Wenger - working the sideline.

The last time the Gunners were in Australia was 1977 when they were defeated 3-1 by the Socceroos 3-1. John Kosmina, Dave Harding and Peter Ollerton on the scoresheet for the Aussies in a team including Peter Wilson and Harry Williams.

Recent months have seen a wave of high-profile clubs hit Australian shores – among them Real Madrid, Manchester City and Roma for the International Champions Cup, as well as Liverpool and Villarreal.

Sydney also played two glamour friendlies against EPL giants Chelsea and Tottenham, losing both 1-0. The success of the matches earned two of the top prizes at the 2015 Australian Event Awards.

The Victorian Government snapped up a three-year deal to host the ICC until at least 2018 ensuring a steady stream of superstars Down Under.