Arsenal’s pre-season plans are taking shape with the club confirming we’ll face Hibernian at Easter Road on 13 July.
Mikel Arteta’s side will travel to Edinburgh for a week-long training camp starting on 12 July and will also face Rangers in a friendly on 17 July as the SPL champions celebrate their 150th anniversary.
Speaking about the clash with Hibs, who we’ve not faced competitively, Arteta said: “We’re pleased to confirm our second game in Scotland as part of a week-long training camp that will help us prepare for the 2021/22 season.
“The matches against Hibs and Rangers will be good tests for us and we’re looking forward to playing against two strong opponents. Pre-season is an important time for the squad and we’re delighted to have this organised early so we can get the most out of the two matches and the training camp.”
I’m sure they weren’t meaning to rub salt in our wounds but Hibs’ statement tickled us.
“We have secured our return to European football and matches like these should give us a great taste of what is to come throughout the 2021/22 season,” said Interim Chief Executive Greg McEwan.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for Hibs’ young left-back Josh Doig. Perhaps Edu might take his chequebook with him to Scotland?
It remains to be seen who else we’ll face in pre-season but there have been rumblings of a London-based tournament with Chelsea and Sp*rs.
If you’re wondering what the picture is about. Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires took part in a testimonial for ex-Hibs captain Ian Murray in 2011. A lifelong Gooner, he invited a few of his favourite Arsenal legends to the kickabout.
He said after the match: “Patrick and Robert were exceptional and I take my hats off to them for coming up.
“I spent last night with them as well, we had dinner and a couple of drinks and it was really good they were willing to spend some time with me outside of the game.
“It’s always interesting to meet guys like that and get their views on football.
“It’s great to be involved with guys like these and it has given some of our younger guys a chance to see what it’s all about.”