According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal have lined up Monaco for a midweek Emirates Cup friendly ahead of the Community Shield on 6 August.
Simon Collings writes that the Gunners will invite the Ligue 1 side to London for a showdown on Wednesday, 2nd August – the fifth of six pre-season friendlies.
The Emirates Cup used to be a four-team affair but has existed in a slimmed-down form since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Arsenal finalising plans for Emirates Cup. Set to be midweek for first time.
One-off game v Monaco pencilled in for August 2. Decision due to Community Shield taking place that weekend.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) June 6, 2023
Only the men’s side will feature this year with many of the Arsenal Women first team squad representing their countries at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Four days after the Emirates Cup, the Gunners head to Wembley to face Manchester City. Mikel Arteta’s side qualified for the Community Shield as Premier League runners-up after Manchester City beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final to secure a domestic double.
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 Monaco (Emirates Cup)
Emirates Stadium, London
2 August (TBC)
vs Manchester City
Wembley Stadium, London