Young Gunners set for Premier League International Cup debut


Arsenal’s under-23s will take part in the Premier League International Cup this season for the first time.

The competition pitches 12 of England’s best academy sides compete against 12 of the top development squads in the rest of Europe.

16 teams competed in the inaugural tournament in 2014/15 before it was expanded last season.

The underlying aim is to give homegrown talent a chance to test themselves against the best continental players in their age group, something many will have to cope with if they make first team appearances in the Champions League and Europa League.

Unlike recent years Arsenal won’t compete in the UEFA Youth League because the senior team didn’t reach qualify for the Champions League.

2017/18 PL International Cup Groups

Group A: Sparta Praha, Liverpool, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven
Group B: Hertha BSC, Legia Warsaw, Leicester City, Sunderland
Group C: Derby County, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Everton, VfL Wolfsburg
Group D: Athletic Club Bilbao, Celtic FC, Manchester United, Swansea City
Group E: Arsenal, FC Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Reading
Group F: SL Benfica, Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal CF, West Ham United

Arsenal fixtures

Arsenal v Porto
November 17 @ Meadow Park
7pm kick-off
Arsenal v Reading
November 30 @ Meadow Park
7pm kick-off
Arsenal v Bayern Munich

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