Red Bulls to host Arsenal at Red Bull Arena

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It was bound to happen.

With Thierry Henry in the final year of his contract, Arsenal will be making a one-time trip to the United States to face their legendary striker and celebrate his storied career.

The New York Red Bulls have announced a July 26th friendly against the Gunners at Red Bull Arena.

“It goes without saying that hosting Arsenal at Red Bull Arena will be a special moment for me both on a professional and personal level,” Henry said. “The club is in my heart and this will be another terrific chapter in my relationship with Arsenal Football Club. Along with my teammates, I am excited to host Arsenal in New York – one of the greatest cities in the world – and hope that Red Bulls and Arsenal fans will be able to enjoy the match.”

This will be the second time Arsenal have faced the Red Bulls in three years, and their first trip to the United States since 1989 when they played Independiente of Argentina in Miami, Florida.

“We are delighted to be visiting the United States for the first time in 25 years,” Arsenal Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis said. “We enjoy fantastic support there and in particular in New York so we are looking forward to providing our fans with an opportunity to watch the team play live. The fact that Thierry is the New York Red Bulls’ club captain makes this a particularly special fixture, and everyone involved with the Club is looking forward to it.”

“This will be a great chance to play in front of supporters who have not seen the team play before,” added Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger. “The New York Red Bulls will be midway through their season, so they will provide a good test. Obviously it will be good to play against Thierry. He is a very special player in our Club’s history and I know my players and the supporters will enjoy this very much.”

The match will be sandwiched between an encounter with San Jose on the 19th at Red Bull Arena and a trip to Real Salt Lake on the 30th.

Current Red Bull season ticket holders will have this match included in their plans. General tickets will be on sale at a later date.