The Emirates Cup was inaugurated in 2007. Every pre-season, fans in London get to enjoy a feast of football and a chance to see some new faces in action. This year, there should be plenty of interest in the Gunners' big name summer signing, Alexis Sanchez!
Over an August weekend, the crowd of 60,000 spectators at the Emirates Stadium will see four mouthwatering duels between a quarter of European heavyweights: Valencia CF (Spain), Benfica (Portugal), AS Monaco and Arsenal.
Emirates Cup schedule:
14.00 (15.00 Monaco time): Valencia CF - AS Monaco
16.20 (17.20 Monaco time): Arsenal FC - SL Benfica
14.00 (15.00 Monaco time): SL Benfica - Valencia CF
16.20 (17.20 Monaco time): Arsenal FC - AS Monaco
The tournament rules are as follows:
3 points for a win
1 point for a draw
1 point for every goal scored
0 points for a defeat
In 2013, Galatasaray claimed the trophy at the home of the Gunners. A trophy that Arsenal have not won in four years... This year also marks AS Monaco's debut in the tournament...
2007: Arsenal - 2008: Hamburg - 2009: Arsenal - 2010: Arsenal - 2011: New York Red Bulls - 2013: Galatasaray. (No tournament in 2012 due to the London Olympics)