Arsenal announce details of pre-season fixtures in Singapore

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Arsenal have provided details of this summer’s pre-season trip to Singapore to play games as part of the ‘International Champions Cup’.

The Gunners will face upcoming Europa League semi-final opponents, Atletico Madrid, on Thursday, July 26th, and then PSG on Saturday, July 28th.

Both games kick off at 7.35pm local time and will be played at the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub.

Interestingly though, a scenario exists where these games could be put at risk because of our poor league form.

UEFA have confirmed that the team that finishes seventh in the Premier League this season will be play in the Europa League. However, they will enter the competition at the second qualifying round stage, with games then scheduled to take place on July 26th.

So, if the Gunners continue to slide downwards and are overtaken by Burnley, the lucrative pre-season cash will be put at risk.

This would not be an issue if Arsenal won this season’s Europa League, as they would go into the Champions League, and it would be avoided if we finish seventh but Southampton win the FA Cup as the place would go to them.

The next few weeks will tell certainly tell us plenty about how our summer is going to shape up, both on and off the pitch.

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Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Where’s the friendly in Dublin?? Really looking forward to a sunny day out with a few beers. With kids and mortgages I don’t get many excuses anymore!

Pedant
Pedant

One thing – Southampton will not win the FA Cup without a miracle happening. I know several supporters, all in tatters given their form and likely demotion.

I’d prefer us to go back to the Austrian pre-season training camp we used to do when we were successful rather than chase around the world pre-season, just for money.

dr Strange
dr Strange

We are more succesfull without the Austrian preseason if you look at the last 14 years.

Pedant
Pedant

In terms of money.

yen
yen

The outlined scenario is so very Arsenal that it is totally happening.

JAL
JAL

Wonder when the penny will drop for the clowns that run our club that better performances on the pitch will foster greater commercial revenue for those off it. Absolute wankers couldn’t care less if we finished 17th as long as the $$$ kept coming in.

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

No news about who will be in charge in the dugout by then?
And yes I don’t want to see Arsene Wenger or Bould in any capacity. To hell with this “honoring my contract BS”.

Santori
Santori

BUT its going to happen.

If he pulls the rabbit out of the hat though.

First he has to beat Athletico.

On paper at the moment it doesn’t look likely but you never know with this team.

I just feel he is his own worse enemy and constantly selling himself short because he makes far too much room for youth/internal development.

We lack a genuine wizard of a player out wide at the moment and the team is so narrow and dependent on Bellerin for pace/threat.

We do not have what City have with Sane and Sterling.

We do not have what Athletico have with Greizzman.

We do not have what Chelsea have with Hazard

These are players who can beat a man or two on their own which creates space for us, chaos for the opponents and pulls them out of position.

Instead we are back to reliant on passing through eye of needle. When it works out fantastic/sublime, more often than not, teams set up to leave us against a wall in the middle and we pass side to side.

Nor are our transitions quick enough because we do not have an even threat to break with pace and wide on either flank. Welbeck lacks the sophistication Mhkitaryan the pace.

Wenger has provided some better structure in recent games but he prefers shouting at 4th officials to exercising options form the bench for two reasons :

1) Because he doesn’t have that much off the bench frankly in terms of variety and guile. He has not replaced sufficiently

2) Because he is a strict adherent to his philosophy of non intervention which works if you have the technical edge but sadly we no longer enjoy this as the rest of the league have caught up and markets are more open these days.

So it remains to be seen.

We will know very shortly. If he can’t get past Athletico. New manager in.

santori
santori

I’m not saying this of course because I’m Mustafi’s agent now when previously I was Flamini’s BUT a very good and thoughtful piece today Blogs on our dismal defending beyond just Mustafi.

As I mentioned, the midfield issues did not go away when we switched in Coquelin and Elneny for the underrated (but aging) Flamini.

Nor will our issues improve without Mustafi who is frankly one of our better options at the moment defensively.

Many over amplify moments of fault (guilty as he is) and ignore the good bits he has been putting in stopping last ditch or tackling and blocking over 12 matches now.

Like I said, we don’t do our basics.

We don’t double up defensively as a unit.

We don’t track players running into the box.

Its as if the players are content to be in our individual zones defending.

Its basic to double up when defendinga 10 year old is drilled in it.

Because if the player (say Mustafi) misses a tackle, the other side is through on goal without option.

I’m not saying Mustafi is not equally guilty but the other defenders haven’t covered themselves in glory either (or mids) yet some people only choose to pick on certain players, conveniently ignoring the ills of others.

The same people will have a moan about Wenger spending good money on Mustafi and Granit.

But if he did not spend the money on them, they would moan we are getting lower quality players like Campbell and Perez.

We spent good money on the pair of Lacazette and Aubameyang yet they only conjured up one goal against Newcastle.

Granted we were ill advised to play Willock at all in midfield and Elneny/Granit tend to cancel each other out, but we should have expected more finish and goal threat from our two RECORD signings.

If we are limp in defense, at very least we should be tucking them away the other end yet we do not do that either.

This whole midfield possession stat or the return Aubameyang has made in goals per games started is frankly illusionary material for the stats geeks.

In true terms, we did not engineer enough critical chances given the possession (sideways or otherwise) and the strikers need to be delivering as well as the defense.

BUT the biggest issue IMO is actually midfield.

Wenger has failed not to ignore it for the longest measure.

Elneny is improving as is Granit. BUT if we (and Wenger) think Elneny is good enough, we are selling ourselves to mediocrity. Take nothing away from the Egyptian who still has potential and works hard but our midfield ability to set pace and dominate just isn’t there.

And with options so thin (Jack is as Wenger probably conjectures not as able to sustain his abilities in long term due to injury issues), playing Willock or even AMN in such a critical area will be a foolish thing to persist with.

We have Systemic issues still not properly address AND personnel shortage in terms of quality.

There never is one single over-riding factor in any of these issues but the margin between problematic and success can be slim as indeed the other way round.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

You get a 2:1 for this one.

Podb
Podb

Not. We lose we win. Arsene is not on the pitch. Even cech is letting him down . Chris Wood and Burnley will be a sixth pointer at the Emirates. We will win the Europa. All is good. NOT.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

I don’t care where the preseason is as long as Jan Oblak, Manolas, and 3 others new signings (DM, CMD, and CB) are there with the rest of the arsenal squad.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

What a mess our season is!! Okay we have the European dream still alive but, when we have make or break moments in the season, it usually ends up being the latter – just think back to the invincibles, they got dumped out of the fa cup and cl pretty much at the same time when really they should have done the treble!!!

PersonFace
PersonFace

Ugh, about a month after I leave Singapore. The wait for my first Arsenal match not seen on a TV screen continues. Although considering our recent away form, I should probably wait till I’m in London.

Belfast Gooner
Belfast Gooner

I actually think if we finish 7th and need to be part of the qualifiers and have to pull out of this tour, KSE will part with Wenger. Commercial revenue will go down the pan which will pi$$ them off more than finishing 5th or 6th again.
I can also see the players who didn’t make the world Cup such as PEA, Ramsey and Mkhitaryan playing in the Arsenal XI friendly against Borham Wood. That’s what happened after the last World Cup anyway.

Santori
Santori

Singapore again? Its a tiny place with (with all due respect) not too good a football ranking.

And its seriously hot and humid…sauna conditions.

Should seriously consider the US.

Its a HUGE market waiting to be exploited with good facilities, and a growing interest in the sport despite the US teams inability to get to the World Cup.

MLS is looking slightly more competitive (if only they got rid of this whole weird American eastern/western conference format and bring in proper two tier league with relegation)

But the marketing potential is enormous in North America particularly with the Latin population (disregarding Trump’s fake wall plans or other)

If anything Arsenal (with its American owner) should grasp this potential and tie up maybe with a team in the US to help develop and scout future players not just in North America but also Centro-South America.

Use a football school as an incubator and the MLS as a lead in league for the young hopefuls, polish them up, get ahead of certain Spanish team’s dominant position in the South American market.

I don’t get this. You could just as easily set up some sort of cup for pre-season in the US.

shokim
shokim

In other news, Alonso has been charged with violent conduct. I say he got it coming. Didn’t he get off scot free against our Hector?

dustwolf83
dustwolf83

must of wanted it too much this time

adgonner
adgonner

Are we still on arsenal?