Everything You Need To Know About Arsenal’s Pre-Season Fixtures 2018/19

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Arsenal’s Pre-Season Fixtures 2018/19

The 2017/18 season was a roller coaster ride for Arsenal fans. Another season without any trophy, managing to reach the Europa League semifinals but crashing out losing to Atletico Madrid and most importantly Arsene Wenger leaving the Emirates after long 22 years. But a new season promises new things and all the Gunners fans are eager to see what it has to offer.

 

And nothing gives more insights on how the upcoming season gonna be then the pre-season friendlies. And as a gunners fan, you must be dying to know all the details about these matches. In this article, we are going to cover everything about the upcoming friendlies in depth. And in case you are willing to be there to witness these matches, be sure to check out these amazing Qatar Airways offers to get massive discounts on your flight tickets.

 

The schedule

As like most of the top clubs around the globe, Arsenal will also take part in the International Champions Cup. As part of the trophy, they will face Atlético Madrid on July 26th. In the next match, the gunners will be up against Paris Saint-Germain. The match will be held on July 28th. In the last match of the tournament, they will face local rival Chelsea on August 4.

 

The venues

The International Champions Cup is usually played in the United States and Asia and it is no different this year too. The first two matches will be played in the National Stadium in Singapore. The stadium has a mammoth sitting capacity of 55,000 and does expect to have a jam-packed crowd given the craze for European football in the tiny Asian nation. The pitch has previously hosted footballing giants such as Juventus and Brazil and all tickets were sold in both the matches,

 

The last fixture of Arsenal in the International Champions Cup will be played in Friends Arena. The UEFA category 4 stadium is located in Stockholm, Sweden and can accommodate up to 50,000 spectators.

 

The Oppositions

Arsenal will be taking on 3 top teams in European football. Let’s find out what to expect from them.

 

Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid has proved themselves to be one of the biggest names in Europe. Not only did they managed to reach two Champions League finals in quick succession but they have also managed to compete proudly in La Liga against mighty Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. They are also the current Europa League Champion and they have beaten Arsenal on their way to glory.

 

The players who can make a difference include French maestro Antoine Griezmann, Spanish prospect Saúl Ňiguez and veteran defender Diego Godin. The club is managed by Diego Simeone who is known to be one of the most inspirational characters out there. The biggest challenge for Arsenal will be to break the Atleti defense led by Jan Oblak while keeping their composer at the back against the likes of Griezman.

Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain has seen a total revolution after Qatar based Oryx Qatar Sports Investments took over back in 2011. The huge influx of funds has seen helped the Parisians bring in some of the best talents in the world. But despite their dominance in French football, they are yet to make a mark on big European stages and 2018 may just be the year for them.

Last year, PSG went on to spend 222 million Euros to bring Neymar FC Barcelona. Neymar is one of the very best players in the world and he can win you a game single-handedly on his day. But he is not the only threat for the Gunners defense. PSG frontline also features the deadly duo of Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé. Keeping a close tab on them will be the job number 1. Arsenal’s forwards will also face a tough test against the Brazilian pair of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.

Chelsea

Just like Arsenal, 2017/18 was not that great for Chelsea. The London club has managed to exhibit a poor title defense and also failed on the European stage. But in the new season, they are poised to make an impressive comeback. And the eternal rivalry between the London clubs is always a spectacle to watch and we can expect the same in the upcoming friendly.

Chelsea is more focused on team game than individual talents. But still, they possess some of the finest talents in the world. Eden Hazard can be devastating in the wings and stop him will be a test for the Arsenal sidebacks. Willian also has a dominating figure in the wings. Also, taking control of the midfield will be key for Arsenal midfielders as Chelsea has one of the very best holdings midfielder in the world in N’golo Kanté. Also, keeping a tab on Spanish striker Alvaro Morata will be vital to keep a clean sheet.

What’s new to expect from the Gunners

As the new season is on the horizon, we all have tons of expectations from the London club.

The biggest weight of expectations will be on the Spaniard Unai Emery. The newly appointed head coach has big shoes of Arsène Wenger to fill and that is not going to be an easy job. As a new coach, it is expected that he will bring a new strategy or perhaps even a whole new playing style in the team. And during the pre-season friendlies, he will surely try the players out to see who fits his plans.

The likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette have failed to impress last season and these friendlies will be the perfect opportunity for them to prove their worth. It is hard to fit in a team in a very small amount of time, but after half a season, it goes time for Aubamayeng. Also, the new boss may bring in some new players to improve the depth and quality of the current squad and the pre-season will be the place where you will be able to witness their debut.

Conclusion

2018/19 will be a key season for the club and the supporters. There is a complete managerial overhaul and we can also expect some big changes in the squad. But to justify all these, the club must win trophies and end the long drought of winning the Premier League. And their quest to bring back the old glories in North London will start here at the International Champions Cup. So, do not waste a moment daydreaming about it. Go ahead and be a part of the history.



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