There are just five days until Arsenal’s pre-season begins in earnest with our first game against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night at the Singapore National Stadium. Due to the time difference it will mean that we can watch it after midnight on Thursday night (early Friday morning) so don’t get confused by the dates!
The Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has been out on loan for the last two seasons, the first one in the Dutch second division with MVV Maastricht and then moved up to the top division with VVV Venlo last season.
Arsenal’s newest defender Sokratis has only been at the club for two weeks since arriving from Dortmund and joining up with his old team-mates Mhkitaryan and Aubameyang. This is the veteran’s first time in England after spells in Greece, Italy and Germany but he obviously feels settled in already as he is hoping to help our other Greek centre-back, Dinos Mavropanos, to get used to life at the club as well. “I think this is my work and the work of the other guys with experience, to help the young guys,” Sokratis said on Arsenal.com. “From the first day, I will do everything so that the young guys feel like they have been here for a lot of years.
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The Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin came to the Emirates via Barcelona’s La Masia Academy, and although he burst through to the first team in stylish fashion a few years ago, he is often derided nowadays for being more interested in his looks than his performances.
So we finally have confirmation of the 25-man Arsenal team to go to Singapore on Sunday for the International Champions Cup games against Atletico Madrid and Paris St Germain.
It certainly looks like Aaron Ramsey will be staying and signing a new contract as he is not being left behind to find a new team, and perhaps Lucas Perez will be staying as our elusive left-winger?
There were many rumours last summer than Shkrodan Mustafi was set to be sold to Inter Milan as deadline day approached, although both Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger both denied it afterwards.
But perhaps Mustafi wishes he had left as he had an awful season as the Arsenal defence conceded more goals than ever before under Wenger, with the German being lambasted for many suicidal individual errors.
The Gunners had yet another behind-doors friendly yesterday as Brentford were the secret visitors at Arsenal’s training ground. Again Emery gave all his players some time on the pitch as they build up fitness ahead of their flight to Singapore on Sunday. Despite the secrecy, Football.London got wind of it, and reported the game as follows….