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Emirates Cup and High Expectation

Hello yet again everyone. I trust you are all OK?

The Emirates cup is just around the corner and there is a bit more of a variety of teams in this year’s competition.

Paris St-Germain have entered for the third time. New York Red Bulls will represent the USA. There is a lot of hype surrounding them as it sees the return of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. As I am sure you will know, he is the clubs leading goalscorer having scored 226 goals in his Arsenal career. Boca Juniors complete the four team set representing Argentina. They are the most successful club in Argentina and are based in La Boca which is in Buenos Aires.

The selection of teams is interesting as most of the teams usually entered are from Scotland, Italy, Spain, Germany or France who are all very much local to the UK. However, this year, as well as having a team from France, we have a team from North America and a team from South America which in my opinion is a nice twist. Maybe next year an Australian team could play, or an African team. Who knows?

Moving on, let’s think about next season shall we?

A lot of people are going on about how Arsenal should win the league and if not, Wenger should go. But answer me this: 1. If Arsene leaves, who would replace him and 2. Having not won anything in seven years, do you seriously think we should immediately be winning premier league titles and the Champions League? I think not.

The best way in my opinion to start winning the big trophies, is to gradually win other trophies, such as the Carling Cup and FA cup, gradually start to believe that you can win trophies and then really go for it. It takes time.

Quick transfer news to finish and it looks very much as though Spanish midfielder Juan Mata is joining Arsenal. According to the Daily Mirror, himself and family have flown into London to discuss a potential£15m deal. In my opinion I think he would be a good signing but it does also point the finger that Arsene has given up hope of keeping Cesc Fabregas which means he is almost certain to leave for Barcelona. Another pointer that Cesc is leaving is his omission from the Emirates Cup squad.

The Times claim that Arsenal are going to up their bid To £13m to try to acquire Phil Jagielka despite Everton manager David Moyes valuing him at £18m. I doubt there is much truth in that but we shall see in the near future.

And on that note, let’s hope for more quality signings and a good tournament at the Emirates cup.

Until next time folks.

Written by Liam Mercer

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Key Dates For The New Season

July 13: Pre-season friendly – Malaysia XI (a) 1.45pm

July 16: Pre-season friendly – Hangzhou Greentown (a) Kick-off TBC

July 23: Pre-season friendly – FC Cologne (a) Kick-off TBC

July 30: Emirates Cup – Boca Juniors (h) 4.20pm

July 31: Emirates Cup – New York Red Bulls (h) 4.20pm

August 5: Champions League Play-Off draw

August 13: Start of 2011/12 Premier League season

August 16/17: Champions League Play-Off first leg

August 23/24: Champions League Play-Off first leg

*note all times are in UK time


 
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Posted by on June 4, 2011 in Pre Season, Schedules

 

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