Arsenal have confirmed that the club will participate in the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup at Southampton’s St Mary’s stadium on July 14th.
The round-robin tournament will see Arsene Wenger’s squad pitched against Nigel Adkin’s newly promoted side and Scottish giants Rangers in two 45 minute games, with further ‘entertainment’ being provided by the procession of the Olympic torch around the arena.
Arsenal’s first game with Rangers will be at 6.45pm, before they face Southampton at 8pm. It remains to be seen what type of team the club choose to send to the South Coast, although with fixtures falling just after Euro 2012 and ahead of the London Olympic Games it is likely to be a mix of reserve and youth players.
The Gunners pre-season preparations will properly kick off at the end of July with the first team squad travelling to Hong Kong, Malaysia and China before a match against yet to be confirmed international opposition in Nigeria.