Earlier in the summer, Arsenal Football Club invited your suggestions for a deciding rule if this season’s Emirates Cup is ‘tied’. And, after receiving almost 500 entries, the winning idea has been chosen.

This season, if teams are tied on points, goal difference and goals scored, the winners will be the side who has had the most shots on target over the course of the tournament.

The Club was literally inundated with suggestions for the rule but a panel, containing manager Arsène Wenger, decided that shots on target was the most positive option suggested on the shortlist.

Arsène Wenger said : “Using shots on target by a team over the course of the tournament is a very innovative and positive method on how to possibly decide the winners of the Emirates Cup.

“Of course, this may not be needed, as we still have the points and goal difference. And also in the Emirates Cup, every goal scored is awarded by a point as well.

“But by having this extra criteria of shots on target to decide the winner is definitely a positive step. It will encourage attacking play by all the teams and I think we’re definitely guaranteed an exciting weekend of football.

“It will definitely be interesting to see if the Emirates Cup is decided by shots on target, it will make that second match on the Sunday very exciting.”

The suggestions for the ‘deciding rule’ ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. More conventional ideas such as fastest goal, corners won and a penalty shoot-out were suggested. While entries like a crossbar challenge, a coin toss and even a rock/paper/scissors clash between the managers were also discussed.

But there could only be one winner. And, from the entrants who suggested shots on target, one lucky winner was picked at random. Anthony Murphy, 26, from South Woodford has won the opportunity to be in the group of VIPs making the trophy presentation to the winners of the Emirates Cup. Anthony has also won the use of an Executive Box for 15 people for Sunday’s matches.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have won this competition and to be able to contribute to the Emirates Cup in this way. I just hope that this new rule of shots on target helps Arsenal to win the tournament!”

As a reminder, the two days of action are as follows:

Saturday 1st August 2009
Rangers v Paris Saint-Germain (2pm Kick-off)
Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (4.15pm Kick-off)

Sunday 2nd August 2009
Atletico Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain (2pm kick-off)
Arsenal v Rangers (4.15pm kick-off)

Emirates Cup 2009 tickets are still available. Day admission tickets, which give access to both matches in a day are available from £25 for adults and £15 for OAPs and under 16s.

For Emirates Cup 2009 ticket information, please call 0844 277 3625 or go to www.arsenal.com/membership

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23 Jul 2009