Arsenal’s pre-season 2017/18 – what we know so far…

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Seeing as this season is agonisingly painful, we – the ever-optimistic team at Arseblog News – thought we’d look ahead to the summer and Arsenal’s preparations for the glorious quadruple-winning 2017/18 campaign.

As things stand we’re channelling our inner Donald Rumsford…

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

So…without further ado. A timeline. Of sorts.

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Sunday, 21 May
Arsenal vs Everton [final day of 2016/17 Premier League season]
Emirates Stadium, London

Thursday, May 25
New Puma home kit rumoured to be launched [via @FootyHeadlines]

Saturday 27 May
FA Cup Final
Wembley, London

Thursday 1 June
Arseblog News’ 6th birthday…jelly and ice cream for all!

8-15 June
World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies

W/C 12 June
Pre-season training begins for non-international players

14 June
Premier League releases fixtures for 2017/18 season

17 June – 2 July
Confederations Cup in Russia
Featuring – Russia, Australia, Germany, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Cameroon
Matches to be played in St Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi, Kazan

Thursday, 13 July
Arsenal vs Sydney FC
ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Saturday, 15 July
Arsenal vs Western Sydney Wanderers
ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Wednesday, 19 July
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai

Saturday 22 July
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing

Saturday, July 29
Arsenal vs TBC
Emirates Stadium, London

Sunday, July 30
Arsenal vs TBC
Emirates Stadium, London

Saturday, 12 August
Premier League 2017/18 season starts

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Arsenal have averaged 6.3 friendlies in their pre-season preparations over the course of the last decade so it’s possible that the club might organise another game between the end of the Emirates Cup and the start of the new season. In recent years we’ve ventured to Scandinavia. That said, the club will probably wait and see whether we qualify for the Champions League and if there’s a potential qualifier to play.
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So there you go…a few ‘known knowns’ and ‘known unknowns’. Of course, what remains is a lot more ‘known unknowns’ and a fair few ‘unknown unknowns’ as well, including…

  • Will Arsene Wenger sign a new contract?
  • Will we recruit a sporting director?
  • Will there be a St Totteringham’s Day?
  • Will Steve Bould finally have the hair implant op he’s been waiting for?
  • Will Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sign new contracts?
  • Will the black and pink third kit burn our eyes as much as we think?
  • Which player will anger Shad Forsythe the most by returning the tubbiest?
  • Will we let Yaya Sanogo join Real Madrid on a free?
  • Will the likes of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Wojciech Szczesny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain be offered new deals?
  • What percentage of the first team squad will go to Las Vegas on holiday?
  • Who will take over as head of the Arsenal Academy?
  • Will Vic Akers ever not wear shorts?
  • Will Petr Cech rap Ice Cube’s 1992 ‘Check Yo Self’ at teammates on the massage table?

We’re off for a lie-down, writing this has made us tired.

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canon 10000
canon 10000
2 years ago

Gosh I need a lie down too. How about something happy for a change blogs? Can we not find anything jolly these days?

I see you forgot to post a puppy picture at the end…

AFC
AFC
2 years ago
Reply to  canon 10000

Yes, and I just saw that we’re playing TBC back to back at the Emirates end of July; what are they thinking!?

Mein Bergkampf
2 years ago
Reply to  canon 10000

Anyone else reckon we should do an FA Cup semi final song just for the hell of it?

Rich
Rich
2 years ago

We’ll sell our best player.
We’ll dilly then we’ll dally then on August 31st at midnight we’ll have signed precisely no one.
Kroenke won’t care, Arsene will continue to make the same mistakes and Arsenal fan tv will throw a which bell end can throw the biggest wobbler competition.

santori
santori
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

That’s a bit rich. We haven’t had need to sell our best assets for several seasons now. Wenger has also bought players VERY early. Granit last season at premium pricing. Its convenient to try and criticise Wenger with red herrings perpetuated by the media because you may feel frustrated but it is thoroughly not reflective of reality. We may have to sell our best assets this summer but how we respond in kind will dictate the way forward for both Wenger and eventually the successor. If we seek to add in players of close to equal caliber for the two… Read more »

Rich
Rich
2 years ago
Reply to  santori

That’s why on August 30th we were scavenging around trying to tie up deals for Perez and Mustafi? Hardly the actions of a man with a clear concise plan. The year we just bought Cech cost us the title by being reliant on injury prone midfielders. Our refusal to pay up for Suarez and Higuain was staggering, leaving us to panick buy Ozil on the 31st of August when we’d already let two world class strikers out of our clutches. When Liverpool said Cavani’s just moved for £55-60mill and we value Suarez in the same category, had our goal been… Read more »

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

I think Wenger bought som fine players leading up to this season. Players who’ve under performed which has been hugely disappointing but none the less they’re good players. I don’t see how anyone can fault him for that.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

“panic buy Özil”

A player who could have had his pick of clubs anywhere and chose to sign for us. You say panic buy I say poppycock.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

Rich, when you’ve spoken to Suarez agent, he says Suarez really wants to join you and it just has to be an offer over £40m BUT you then find that Suarez really doesn’t want to lose his ‘loyalty bonus’ from Liverpoo by putting in a transfer request and pushing through the deal, Do you really wan to pay £55m+ for him?
Irrespective of that, he’d have been off to a big Spanish club at the first opportunity anyway, as his Spanish wife was really homesick…

Giroud\'s Abs
Giroud\'s Abs
2 years ago

Looking forward to seeing The Arsenal when they come down under in July! Haven’t seen an Arsenal game since the Emirates cup back when Hleb and Song were still on the team sheet.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler
2 years ago
Reply to  Giroud\'s Abs

Got my tickets for both matches!

Burger
Burger
2 years ago
Reply to  Ausdrexler

I have my tickets for the Wanderers match too.

After 10 years supporting, this will be my first time seeing The Arsenal live

Steve
Steve
2 years ago
Reply to  Burger

Been a Arsenal supporter since they beat MU in the FA Cup in the seventies, had my ups and downs like all of us… but 1 day it will all come true… 3 trophies in 1 season!!!!.
Being a Kiwi, I am really excited about going to see them in Aussie land… Providing the PM doesn’t have any more PMS moments and not allow us there.

John
John
2 years ago

Inner Donald Rumsfeld?

Martin
Martin
2 years ago

Thanks for that blogs. I needed a laugh. What flavour ice cream are you providing and have you a personal delivery service ?

Goontang
Goontang
2 years ago

Tickets to both sydney fixtures secured. Taking the week off work. Finally dont have to travel to london to see my boys! COYG!!!!

Mustafi love but it\'s over now
Mustafi love but it\'s over now
2 years ago

Fuck it i’ll gaze into my crystal ball then: yeah, nah, nah, thick and lustrous, nah, many will die needlessly, yaya, he’ll visit on a day trip but nah, half-arsed ones, just the french ones (including arsene), Thierry, he’ll try khakis and hate it, and seems inevitable

Goonerrific
Goonerrific
2 years ago

Great name, shit post

Ben
Ben
2 years ago

I just say I’m glad the team is finally coming to Australia, but bugger me, could have arranged to play someone decent… The two Sydney teams are nothing really to get excited about. I went to the MCG to watch Man City and Real Madrid – 95,000 people… we needed to have arranged something a little closer to that type of game to draw a bigger crowd and lift the profile of this great team in Australia. At least I get to see them again, just hoping a few big names travel with the team.

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

Will Arsene Wenger sign a new contract? Most likely Will we recruit a sporting director? Not likely Will there be a St Totteringham’s Day? at this rate not sure Will Steve Bould finally have the hair implant op he’s been waiting for? Hope he does Will Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sign new contracts? very much doubt so Will the black and pink third kit burn our eyes as much as we think? as long as team plays good i dont care about kits Which player will anger Shad Forsythe the most by returning the tubbiest? Wilshere Will we let… Read more »

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage
2 years ago

Looking at that schedule, I seriously doubt Sanchez’s or Ozil’s contracts will be looked at until after the squad get back form the Asia tour given both will be away in the confederations cup. Also, Australian gooners, I doubt you’ll be seeing either player in Sydney – we usually give players two weeks off after a tournament (even the confederations cup) so its highly likely they’ll join up with the squad in China instead.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler
2 years ago

Yay Arsenal on Australia!!!

TPz07
TPz07
2 years ago

Donald Rumsfeld? Or was there a joke I missed?

GraeB
GraeB
2 years ago

Good to know we face Bayern Munich early season – certainly doesn’t look like we’ll get them in Champions League. Crystal Palace ball gazing – Bemoan loss of players on extended breaks after Confederations Cup Lose opening game at home to Chelski Go on 10 match unbeaten run to get to top of league Lose 3 players to injury for rest of season (Cazorla, Mustafi and Welbeck) Promising run of games sees us lose to Watford, Stoke, WBA and draw with Brighton Calls for Wenger to resign (or if he left, to re-sign) Complete first clean sheet of season in… Read more »

Hi-brid
Hi-brid
2 years ago

Pre-season training starts 3 weeks after the last league game of this season? Seems early.

santori
santori
2 years ago

We may lose Both Ozil and Alexis this summer which will make it interesting indeed. I think provided this season does not end an unmitigated disaster (outside top 4), there is reason to consider extending Wenger for one more season to see through the summer patch and hand over a better shaped squad to his eventual successor. As far as both our key players are concern, I feel we have a slightly better chance retaining the German. However the list of clubs able to lure either player is a short one. Assuming we do not cave in to old habits/… Read more »

bazza_wicks
bazza_wicks
2 years ago

best thing there for a smile jelly and icecream as long as its not strawberry