Arsenal have confirmed that the Emirates club will not take place this summer due to player commitments at EURO 2016 and a desire to undertake significant pitch reconstruction.
The Gunners have hosted the pre-season tournament in August of eight out of the last nine years but will instead focus their attention on the brief tour of the US.
Speaking to Arsenal.com why the club have taken the decision not to play the two-day event, Ivan Gazidis explained:
“We know how popular the Emirates Cup is with our fans here in the UK and around the world, so we are disappointed that we will not be hosting it this summer.
“The shorter pre-season window and the need to relay our pitch has resulted in this decision being taken. We look forward to hosting the tournament in 2017.”
Arsenal have confirmed that they are exploring the possibility of playing further friendly matches on the continent when they return from the United States. As things stand matches against the MLS All Stars and Chivas de Guadalajara are scheduled for 28 and 31 July respectively.