Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is overwhelmed by the huge support for Premier League clubs as the Gunners landed in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday for pre-season friendlies and promotional events.
He is struck by the passions demonstrated by the Asian fans and claims the Premier League is now a “world league”.
Arsenal will play Malaysia XI on Tuesday night and Wenger appreciating the club’s global support said it is essential to communicate with supporters if and whenever situation arises.
Wenger said “It is vital [to visit fans around the world] because in Europe we are a bit insular, especially in England,”
“We don’t realise how many people watch us when we play football.
“When you come out here you realise that the Premier League is a world league first and it is a challenge for England to keep that going as many other countries want to challenge that.
“[The tour] is an opportunity for our fans to connect with the players, because when you are young to see people that you have admired on television is fantastic.”
The boss further admitted that he is an avid lover of Asian culture having spent time in Japan when he was managing Nagoya Grampus before taking over at Arsenal.
He added “I spent two years working in Asia as a manager and I enjoyed it very much, because you find different qualities and different ways of life. I like Asia very much.”
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