Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal’s first ever pre-season trip to the USA will be a success and admits that he is impressed with the increased levels of support he’s seen for the sport in recent years.
The Arsenal manager takes his squad to New York this Saturday where the Gunners will face club legend Thierry Henry and his New York Red Bulls side.
Wenger, who spent his entire summer working for French TV station Canal+ at the World Cup, revealed that he was ‘stopped by so many American people’ during his time in Brazil.
“It is the first time since I [started to] go to World Cups that I’ve been stopped by so many American people,” Wenger said.
“I can tell you something I’m completely convinced of – before people didn’t know who you were, but now every American guy I met knows Arsenal, knows England and knows the Premier League.
“The enthusiasm about soccer in the States is new but big. I expect us to have a good crowd there. I hope that we can help to develop the interest in the game and that we can play a good match there to make people enjoy it.
“It is the perfect time to go. I always wanted to go with Arsenal to the United States, so I’m personally very happy to do it.”