Arsenal to face Fiorentina in Charlotte

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It has been confirmed that Arsenal will face Fiorentina instead of Roma as part of our pre-season preparations in the USA.

After finishing sixth in Serie A, Roma are now required to begin their Europa League qualification in mid-July so they seem to be dropping out of the International Champions Cup.

The showdown with La Viola will be played on Saturday, July 20 at the Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina. Apparently, if you already had tickets for the Roma game you’ll be contacted.

As far as we can remember, we’ve only ever played Fiorentina twice, a double-header in the Champions League group stages in 1999. We drew 0-0 at Stadio Artemio Franchi and then lost 1-0 at Wembley following a great strike by Gabriel Batistuta.

ARSENAL’S PRE-SEASON 2019 SO FAR…

3pm, Saturday 6 July 
Boreham Wood vs Arsenal
Meadow Lane
Friendly

1pm [BST], Tuesday 16 July
Colorado Rapids vs Arsenal
DICK’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado, USA
Friendly

4pm [BST], Thursday 18 July
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles, USA
International Champions Cup

11pm [BST], Saturday 20 July
Arsenal vs Fiorentina
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, USA
International Champions Cup

12am [BST], Wednesday 24 July
Arsenal vs Real Madrid
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International Champions Cup

3.30pm [BST], Sunday, 28 July
Arsenal vs Lyon,
Emirates Stadium
Emirates Cup

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C.B.
C.B.

Would prefer we didn’t do much/any travelling and spent the time getting ready for the season.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I get the desire to spread the good word of Arsenal around the globe. But why always USA?

We’ve been trying harder than Robbie Williams to crack that market and we’re always going to be behind baseball, football, basketball and hockey.

Wouldn’t China, India, Africa, Australia… be more significant as they absolutely adore the beautiful game?

I would imagine money plays a part. It tends to be the primary consumer in most decisions now we are a brand instead of a community.

Scott P
Scott P

Always USA? Last year they didn’t go to America and in recent memory, we’ve had preseason games in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Indonesia, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney, Stockholm, Dublin, and more.

Also, to suggest that Americans don’t care about football simply isn’t true any more.

VAR will solve the problem
VAR will solve the problem

Out of context, but if City is banned from UCL next season, can we sneak into the CL? Don’t u have to have 4 teams from England for some type of TV money…that would make my day, if it’s true 🤣

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

3 times in 6 years. Not infrequent.

nnn nnn
nnn nnn

or, three times since 1989, which, if i’m not mistaken, is the only other time they’ve played in the US.

KJ ju
KJ ju

Only played roma twice? Dont you remember Henry’s hat trick against roma?

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

How very accommodating of her…!

Eduardo
Eduardo

Now THAT’S comedy! Poor charlotte…

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Haha pretty certain it’s going to be rather unpopular but I figured after decades of following the club’s honourable gentleman traditions I was allowed one front Arsenal joke!

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

Unless i’m going mad (it’s quite possible), the Colorado and Bayern games are actually at 1am and 4am UK time…

Aaron
Aaron

Which is the usual time for any of the European games for folks living in the sub continent. And you are complaining for a pre season friendly. Woah!!

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

🙄 Who’s complaining? Try reading what it actually says rather than what you want it to say.

Ricky
Ricky

Wtf bought tickets for this and was looking forward to the Roma showdown. Why has the ICC not notified me yet? I foresee a far worse atmosphere with the late notice and I doubt Roma fans in the states will still travel to Charlotte.

Richie

I hope we’re Simply The Best against Fiorentina Turner.

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

What’s That Got To Do With It

US Gunner
US Gunner

Might actually be a better game than Roma…see you there Andrew !

Jack4343
Jack4343

That’s it…I demand a refund! To be honest I really don’t care if we play Sutton United. Just glad I could make an Arsenal match.

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

They offered me one due to the team change. I will still be going though, more for the kids as I am still mad about the end of the season. Hopefully I am over it by then 🙂

NigelTufnel
NigelTufnel

I’m still planning on going to the game but waiting to see if any discounted tickets become available before buying. There are a LOT of tickets still unsold for that game and sales may be even worse with Roma pulling out now.

Santori
Santori

Not worth it.

Heirachy should do well to be reminded that our brand is sliding.

There is a false sense of business as usual thanks in part to the goodwill generated by Wenger over the years but we are slowly slipping.

3 seasons out of CL have now start to cast doubts in the minds of better players which we were once able to convince with promise of uninterrupted CL (sadly too easily belittled by many fans as a 4th place trophy not worth celebrating, and all too easily taken for granted)

Prices on some of these ‘friendlies” are exorbitant for what they are.

With many of our top players unlikely to feature, what you essentially get is reserve players and younger players.

We have yet to see how we spend the money this summer of course.

If we should decide to spend economically on lesser known players, again this won’t generate much excitement much less belief we are arming Unai appropriately to claw back into top contention.

Of course this isn’t to suggest we can’t do it with lesser known recruits to the cause, the likes of Spurs, Leicester have punched above their weight in recent seasons, but it bears risk and the flip side is if we get it wrong, we will set ourselves further back from where we are stagnated still.

Perhaps the best signal to send to the errant owner and the executives (whoever) running this show would be to vote with feet pre-season.

Sadly there will be a population of transient trophy hunters that will give the heirachy this false sense of illusion that we are still as popular a club as ever.

For a club of our means and stature, we need to be doing far better.

Where’s the Technical Director?

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

Got offered a refund, pretty good customer service. Will keep my Roma shirt in the closet.

LJ_gooner
LJ_gooner

I’m happy that Arsenal will finally face their fiors, and hopefully come out stronger on the other side!!
Not sure what Tina’s got to do with it, though

Wikid
Wikid

Maybe knick Chiesa while we’re at it