The Emirates Cup will return this summer as a one-game affair with Sevilla invited to face Arsenal on 30 July.
Launched in 2007, the original format of the Emirates Cup saw the Gunners and three other sides play two matches each over the course of a weekend. There were nine editions up to 2017 – the last time Sevilla featured – but it’s since lost momentum with the focus shifting to lucrative tours further afield.
In 2019, both the men and women played one-off games against Lyon and Bayern Munich respectively before the pandemic forced another two-year hiatus.
The showdown with Sevilla – billed as an opportunity to pay respects to Jose Antonio Reyes – is the fourth pre-season friendly to be confirmed by Arsenal, who will start preparations for the 2022/23 season in Germany before playing Everton, Orlando City and Chelsea in the United States.
“We’re delighted to have the Emirates Cup back on our pre-season schedule,” Mikel Arteta told Arsenal.com.
“Our fans have been magnificent this season. They’ve created such a strong connection with the team and it will be great to kick off a new season in front of our home supporters.
“Our pre-season schedule is shaping up nicely with some good games against strong opposition. The match against Sevilla will be a big test for us and it will be a great occasion for our fans.”
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Arsenal vs Everton
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Arsenal vs Orlando City
Exploria Stadium, Orlando
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Arsenal vs Sevilla