Arsenal have confirmed that the Emirates Cup will return as a one-day event that will feature both the men’s and women’s senior sides in action.
The club will play host to ‘leading European teams’ on Sunday, July 28 a few days after Unai Emery’s squad return from their four-game pre-season tour of the US.
We’d wrongly assumed that the stadium work being planned – we need to finish adding an additional row of seats to Club Level that was half completed last summer – would mean another summer without a friendly on home turf, but Vinai and Raul have obviously decided it’s worth squeezing in one day of action.
In previous incarnations, the Emirates Cup has featured three foreign clubs with four matches taking place across two days. In a mini-league format points were awarded for both matches won and drawn and also goals scored.
Arsenal Women, newly-crowned Women’s Super League champions, will play the first match with the men taking centre stage shortly afterwards. The club promise that they’ll confirm both opponents in the near future.