Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was left bewildered and amazed by the vast crowds that turned up to watch Arsenal play during their time in Sydney.

  • Arsenal played two sold out matches while in Sydney
  • Wenger amazed by turn-out
  • Gunners now move on to China to face Bayern and Chelsea

Both Arsenal’s pre-season friendly matches against Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers sold out the ANZ Stadium, which means that 180,000 tickets were told overall, leaving Wenger bewildered by the turn-out.

“We played with a good intensity because our opponents made it very physical,” Wenger told

“I must say after two nights here, we had over 160,000 people at the games and I am just absolutely bewildered – I am a long time in the game and it was amazing. We are very, very happy to have so many fans here.

2There quality of the game was good, we dropped a bit physically in the second half but as long as we could maintain it physically we were good.”

Pre-season trips such as these are always good for teaching young and new players how big the club is overseas. It gives them a sense of responsibility and hopefully pride.

What’s more, it was probably a fantastic experience for Aussie Gooners who got to watch their team play in the flesh during their first visit down under for 40 years.

After beating Sydney FC 2-0 and WSW 3-1, the Gunners now move on to China where they’ll face Bayern Munich and Chelsea.