Arsenal will face Manchester City in the Community Shield on 6 August to round off their pre-season preparations for the 2023/24 campaign.
The traditional curtain-raiser usually pitches the winners of the Premier League against the winners of the FA Cup but after City beat neighbours Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup final, the invitation was extended to the Gunners who finished second in the league.
The two sides have only faced each other once in the Community Shield with Arsenal beating City 3-0 in August 2014 thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. We’ve won it three further times since then to take our total tally to 16 wins.
Arsenal’s pre-season preparations will start at London Colney in early July. As was the case last year, we’ll then spend a short stint at adidas HQ in Germany before playing FC Nurnberg in a friendly.
Mikel Arteta then takes his squad to the USA for friendlies with an MLS All-Star XI, Manchester United and Barcelona.
It’s possible a further fixture could be squeezed in between the return from Los Angeles and the trip to Wembley.
As an aside, the fixtures for the new Premier League campaign will be released on 15 June.
Arsenal pre-season friendlies
vs FC Nurnberg
vs MLS All-Stars
Audi Field, Washington D.C
vs Manchester United
MetLife Stadium, New York
Sofi Stadium, Los Angeles
vs Manchester City
Wembley Stadium, London