Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce a pre-season friendly against Portuguese side Benfica, to be played in Lisbon on Saturday, August 6 - kick off time 7.45pm.
The Gunners will be taking on the 32-time Portugese Liga winners at their 65,000 capacity Estadio da Luz in an evening match. This will be the first time the teams have played each other since 1992, when Benfica recorded a 4-2 aggregate victory in the Second Round of the European Cup.
At stake on August 6 will be the Eusebio Cup, launched in 2008 in honour of the Benfica and Portugal great. Eusebio himself usually presents the trophy to the winning team - last year Arsenal's rivals Tottenham claimed the prize after a 1-0 win over the hosts.
Arsenal’s pre-season preparations for the 2011/12 season also include an Asia Tour in July, with friendlies against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, July 13 and Hangzhou Greentown in China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday, July 16.
A trip to Germany to take on FC Cologne follows on Saturday, July 23, before the Gunners’ return to north London to host the Emirates Cup 2011. Arsenal will play Boca Juniors and the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 respectively in the two day tournament at Emirates Stadium, which also features Paris Saint-Germain.
Details of how supporters can attend pre-season fixtures will appear on Arsenal.com and in Arsenal publications over the coming weeks. Information on Emirates Cup 2011 can be found here.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 Jun 2011