Arsenal will encounter a different style of football than they are used to when Boca Juniors come to town on Saturday, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Argentine giants are the first South American team to compete in the Emirates Cup since its inception in 2007 and are Arsenal’s opening opponents in this year’s pre-season tournament.

For Wenger, the game presents his players with an exciting chance to pit their wits against a different culture of football.

“The South Americans will cycle the ball at a slow pace and suddenly try to kill you, so it’s always a good experience - and they have all the tricks and skills developed from a culture of street football too,” the manager told the Official Souvenir Programme.

“They can slow the game down, they always have good technique and intelligent behaviour at the back. It’s always difficult to score goals against them.


“Boca Juniors is a great name of world football, so it will be interesting.”


The 76-page Emirates Cup souvenir programme contains interviews with eight players (two from each team), Arsène Wenger and a host of other features. It will be available to buy on both days of the tournament, from club shops and programme sellers, priced at £5.

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