Arsenal’s pre-season 2017/18 – what we know so far…

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Seeing as this season is agonisingly painful, we – the ever-optimistic team at Arseblog News – thought we’d look ahead to the summer and Arsenal’s preparations for the glorious quadruple-winning 2017/18 campaign.

As things stand we’re channelling our inner Donald Rumsford…

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

So…without further ado. A timeline. Of sorts.

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Sunday, 21 May
Arsenal vs Everton [final day of 2016/17 Premier League season]
Emirates Stadium, London

Thursday, May 25
New Puma home kit rumoured to be launched [via @FootyHeadlines]

Saturday 27 May
FA Cup Final
Wembley, London

Thursday 1 June
Arseblog News’ 6th birthday…jelly and ice cream for all!

8-15 June
World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies

W/C 12 June
Pre-season training begins for non-international players

14 June
Premier League releases fixtures for 2017/18 season

17 June – 2 July
Confederations Cup in Russia
Featuring – Russia, Australia, Germany, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Cameroon
Matches to be played in St Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi, Kazan

Thursday, 13 July
Arsenal vs Sydney FC
ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Saturday, 15 July
Arsenal vs Western Sydney Wanderers
ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Wednesday, 19 July
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai

Saturday 22 July
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing

Saturday, July 29
Arsenal vs TBC
Emirates Stadium, London

Sunday, July 30
Arsenal vs TBC
Emirates Stadium, London

Saturday, 12 August
Premier League 2017/18 season starts

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Arsenal have averaged 6.3 friendlies in their pre-season preparations over the course of the last decade so it’s possible that the club might organise another game between the end of the Emirates Cup and the start of the new season. In recent years we’ve ventured to Scandinavia. That said, the club will probably wait and see whether we qualify for the Champions League and if there’s a potential qualifier to play.
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So there you go…a few ‘known knowns’ and ‘known unknowns’. Of course, what remains is a lot more ‘known unknowns’ and a fair few ‘unknown unknowns’ as well, including…

  • Will Arsene Wenger sign a new contract?
  • Will we recruit a sporting director?
  • Will there be a St Totteringham’s Day?
  • Will Steve Bould finally have the hair implant op he’s been waiting for?
  • Will Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sign new contracts?
  • Will the black and pink third kit burn our eyes as much as we think?
  • Which player will anger Shad Forsythe the most by returning the tubbiest?
  • Will we let Yaya Sanogo join Real Madrid on a free?
  • Will the likes of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Wojciech Szczesny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain be offered new deals?
  • What percentage of the first team squad will go to Las Vegas on holiday?
  • Who will take over as head of the Arsenal Academy?
  • Will Vic Akers ever not wear shorts?
  • Will Petr Cech rap Ice Cube’s 1992 ‘Check Yo Self’ at teammates on the massage table?

We’re off for a lie-down, writing this has made us tired.

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