The line-up for this summer’s Emirates Cup has been revealed with Valencia, Benfica and AS Monaco all invited to London for a casual kickaround on the first weekend of August.
Arsenal will play the Portuguese giants on the Saturday (2 August) before big-spending Ligue 1 outfit Monaco drop off Radamel Falcao on the Sunday. We won’t play Valencia because they’re a bunch of John Carewing knobs.
There’s much in common between Arsenal and the invited parties with Arsene Wenger obviously a former manager of Monaco, ex-Gunner Philippe Senderos now a Valencia player and Benfica being a side that beat Spurs this year.
The Gunners have already announced a friendly fixture with the New York Red Bulls in the Big Apple on 26 July as they travel Stateside for the first time in the Arsene Wenger era. It looks as though the boss will also make the players do a few star jumps next to some Alpine bovines at some point as well.
In other news (and in no way will this jinx it) Arsenal have confirmed there will be an open top bus parade should we beat Hull City in the FA Cup final. It’ll start and end at the Emirates taking in a trip to Islington Town Hall.