The Emirates Cup will be a good final test for Arsenal ahead of Chelsea rematch

The Emirates Cup returns after missing a year due to work being done on the Arsenal pitch, and the Gunners have invited three sides that will be competing in the Champions League this season, even though we are going to be missing out on the Elite competition for the first time in 20 years. Benfica and Sevilla are well known to us already, and RB Leipzig were the runners up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season.

With the season starting in earnest the following week with the Community Shield against Chelsea, this is a great time for Wenger to fine tune his starting XI for the big game at Wembley. Mesut Ozil believes that facing top teams right now can only be good for the club’s preparations. “We want to test ourselves against big teams and if we play against strong opponents where we can show what we can do, it does the team good,” Ozil said on

“They are two technically-gifted teams who will give everything. Our aim has to be to get positive results against them and that’s what we want to do in the Emirates Cup.”

Arsenal face Benfica on Saturday and Sevilla on Sunday, and there will obviously be different teams playing to give everyone in the squad a chance to impress Wenger ahead of the Chelsea game the following weekend. I just love watching these games knowing that we will be returning to the serious stuff in just one more weeks time.

Come on you Gooners! Onwards and Upwards!



  1. gotanidea says:

    These pre-season matches are very good because Arsenal has to face top European teams. In the previous years Arsenal just faced some South East Asian teams in the pre-season.

    Maybe Arsenal will find some hot prospects or new talents from these matches. I hope Sanchez, Mustafi, etc will be included in some of these matches.

    1. Raj says:

      We have been playing atlas 2 preseason matches against top teams in Europe during Emirates cup for past several years.This is not the first time.

    2. Abel says:

      All un-injured players should be available for Emirates cup matches.

  2. sunny says:

    Yes will be a good test, I still eager to know 3things.
    1. Sancez Situation.
    2. Lemar/Mahrez Situtaion.
    3. Seri/Cravalioh sitiation


  3. Joseph says:

    Sanchez and Mustafi will begin their training on Sunday; confirmed Wenger . It’s great to see Arsene fighting hard to keep our key man.

  4. Waal2waal says:

    …make provision for lemar, goreska, vvd in arsenal guest box ahead of chelski rematch – thats the real test, with time running out, so much being said and too little being done.

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