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Arsenal Sending Strong Side to Wood

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Conference South club Boreham Wood have announced that Barclays Premier League giants Arsenal and manager….

…..Arsene Wenger, have agreed to bring both the FA Cup they won in May and a very strong Arsenal side to Meadow Park this pre-season, on Saturday, July 19th with a 3pm kick-off.

The game will form part of Boreham Wood’s official opening of their newly-completed 890 seater West Stand and will on the advice of Arsenal be an all-ticket affair.

A sell-out crowd of 3,800 is anticipated, especially when the Arsenal fans and Boreham Wood public realise that the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Miguel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Kieron Gibbs, Wojciech Szczesny, Thomas Rosicky, Nacho Monreal, Carl Jenkinson and Yaya Sanogo are all expected to play.

Dependant on the World Cup and how far certain countries go, other Arsenal first-teamers may also be in attendance. Wood have been told Arsenal will use the game as part of their preparation for their American tour, as they then fly to New York to play the New York Red Bulls the following week and that game is already sold out.

Boreham Wood can proudly boast an ongoing association with Arsenal that has spanned over two decades. Their Meadow Park stadium has in fact been the home to the Arsenal Ladies, the Arsenal reserves, the Development squads and the Arsenal under-18 FA Youth Cup squad over that time.

Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter said: “In my time in the chair, we’ve looked after so many of the Arsenal teams over the last fifteen seasons. Our relationship with Arsenal remains strong and the values and standards they set are a benchmark and still mean something. As a club I look up to them and by their actions in this instance, they have again done me, the club and the non-league game proud by giving something back to a grass roots football club.

“By bringing such a talented squad to us and agreeing to open our new West stand is great for our community programme and transforms the landscape of a club our size for the whole of next season. To put things into perspective, the gate receipts will enable us to re-invest further in our pitch, invest more in our infra-structure and invest in our academy transport system as that was showing a shortfall.

“As always running a football club at our level, is a balancing act and Arsenal`s actions, would in reality providing we get a sell-out equate to us getting to the FA Cup First Round proper next season and being the club chosen by the FA as the main TV game. That is honestly how big it could be and as such I am hugely grateful to Arsene Wenger, club secretary David Miles and everyone at Arsenal,” he concluded.

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