Emirates Cup To Ensure Pre-season Ends With A Bang
The Emirates Cup returns for its third instalment this summer and will provide Arsenal’s pre-season preparations with a “final firework” according to boss Arsene Wenger.
The mini-tournament serves to highlight one of the many financial benefits of the new stadium and should give the club’s coffers a boost as Wenger finalises his squad for the 2009-10 season. While the club still has around £240million worth of debt that was incurred to fund the new stadium, events such as the Emirates Cup should ensure that in the long run Arsenal will be able to compete financially with the rest of Europe’s leading lights.
Arsenal are joined in this season’s event by Scottish champions Rangers, Athletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, with all four fixtures set to be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The games are also expected to attract large crowds and Wenger believes it is a good opportunity to greet the fans ahead of the new season. Speaking to the club website he said: “I believe first of all it’s always the first gathering with our fans.
“I personally enjoy the two days immensely and it’s a good opportunity to see how far we are in our preparation and how fit our players are.
“I enjoy it because it’s always enjoyable games in a good climate without pressure. It’s the final firework of the preparation”.
In case you want to place an early football bet, the games will take place on the first two days of August and are scheduled as follows:
Saturday 1st August
Rangers v Paris Saint-Germain (2pm)
Arsenal v Athletico Madrid (4.15pm)
Sunday 2nd August
Athletico Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain (2pm)
Arsenal v Rangers (4.15pm)