Arsenal’s US games to be revealed next week

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Arsenal USA pre-season 2019

We already know that Arsenal are set to play some pre-season games in the US this summer.

As part of the ‘International Champions Cup’, a tournament which features champions and non-champions alike, it’s expected that the Gunners will play at least up to four games stateside, giving Gooners there a chance to see the team live.

The full details of that schedule will be revealed next week when the ICC host a launch event in New York on Wednesday, March 27th.

There have been suggestions that we’ll play on the east coast, somewhere in the middle, and on the west coast, but destinations as yet have not been confirmed.

Potential locations include North Carolina, Los Angeles, Seattle and Colorado – where we could play against fellow KSE side Colorado Rapids.

Who would Stan support? Would he wear a half and half scarf? Will he even turn up considering he’ll be project managing the new stadium in LA?

We shall see.

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Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Why don’t the players just have a kick-about on Stan’s ranch instead? That’s probably the only way that the Yank would turn up to see his financial asset actually play.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

And while they are at it, they should tell him to cough up enough cash for the summer shopping spree. Thank you

Goonereality
Goonereality

I wish he would, but there’s no chance of that. Only Arsenal could be bought by a billionaire and not get a penny from it – actually, I read that the Kroenke’s have taken some money out of the club for consultancy fees. Also, if Stan doesn’t want to cough up any cash, Mrs Kroenke probably could as she’s heiress to a little US retailer with a bob or two – Walmart! Ho, hum.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Aren’t these inter-lulls fucking boring?! The older I get the less I give a shit about international football. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: all international football should b played in the summer months, during the big European leagues’ off-season. Interrupting an exciting Premier League climax for pointless games like Wales v Trinidad is incredibly annoying. Who gives a fuck about that bollocks?!

When the real football does get going the big question is going to be: can we take the points that we should out of a string of winnable PL games to finish at least fourth? Or are we going to fail to turn up at those mid-table grounds and drop too many easy points? With what’s going on at Spuds and the Chavs we should be in the box seat to finish at least fourth, but what’s the betting that we somehow manage to fuck things up?

AS for the Europa League, if we can get past Napoli then we should at least get to the final; then who knows?

Matt @ Brew City Gunners
Matt @ Brew City Gunners

And just wait for the absolute bullshit that will be Qatar 2022.

Ted E.
Ted E.

I hear what you’re saying, but consider two upsides to the breaks. 1) International football is indisputably good for getting kids and casual fans excited. It breeds interest in the sport and breeds new fans. 2) It’s a hidden break for players. We get two more weeks of rehabilitation for injured players, and don’t send players who are “almost” injured. It’s good for the players’ health.

Separately, less beer is also good for my health, so there’s that.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Napoli are a good team – better than either Bate or Rennes, and we could easily have come unstuck against either – and this time we don’t have the advantage of playing the away leg first. It really is make or break time now and getting into the CL (either through 4th place or winning the Europa League) is vital. Not only will failure cost us £25+ million in lost revenue – that’s more than 50% of the reported Summer transfer fund available to Emery – but will mean key players are more likely to leave (Torreria’s dad is saying that his son could move to his favoured team … Napoli!!). If Arsenal are ever going to do it under Emery, they need to do it in the rest of this season.

Pedant
Pedant

Time to vote for Thierry or Patrick:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47474106

martin
martin

The fact that Bergkamp only gets an honourable mention is nonsense.

Adrian
Adrian

Not only Overseas, TH14 is the best player in PL history. TH14 and DB10 my all time fav.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Joint Colorado rapids-Arsenal protest

Turstin the Fleming
Turstin the Fleming

Still remembering the Chivas match in LA couple years back, and the fans standing and singing to Santi who was in street clothes. Fantastic!

Ted E.
Ted E.

“…launch event”. I mean if that doesn’t make you cringe I don’t know what will… Although I fondly remember almost being run over by a laughing Tomas Rosicky in Grand Central Terminal in New York a few years back when they were doing a promotional keepie-uppie-circus-bit.

Floppy Gloves
Floppy Gloves

$80 to watch fringe players take pot shots from outside the 18. But I’ll pay it. Because I’m a fool in love with the Arsenal.

D.J.
D.J.

Please come to Chicago! Is that even a possibility for this trip?

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

It will cost me as much in airfare to see Arsenal in Seattle or NC as it would to fly to London and watch the first team in full combat mode. Plus the ticket will be cheaper!

Cdig
Cdig

Please be Seattle, please be Seattle, please be Seattle, please be Seattle, please be Seattle, please be Seattle, please be Seattle

arsepedant
arsepedant

Seattle please, I could actually get to that one! Probably get a good couple hundred Vancouver Gooners making that trip.

arsepedant
arsepedant

An “unofficial” list of fixtures is making the rounds:

July 15 in Denver, vs. Colorado Rapids
July 17 in Los Angeles, vs. Bayern Munich
July 20 in Charlotte, vs. Roma
July 23 in Washington DC, vs. Real Madrid

Take it for what it’s worth.