Arsène Wenger expects this season’s Emirates Cup to be a “festival” of attacking play.
During the tournament a point is won every time a goal is scored and, as a result, the two-day event usually produces a lot of goals.
Also, this year’s Emirates Cup sees the arrival of a further incentive for teams to play offensively. 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. This was the winning idea from over 500 entries sent in by Arsenal supporters in a competition at the end of last season.
And, because of the teams involved this time around, Wenger expects to see the ball hit the net more than ever in 2009.
Rangers and Paris Saint-Germain were both free-scoring in their respective leagues last season while the manager has pinpointed Atletico Madrid’s South American duo of Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero as certain goal threats over the two days.
“It’s interesting because PSG have a good team, Rangers I know a little bit less because I didn’t see them a lot last year and Atletico Madrid had a good side last season going forward,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“Atletico were very impressive last year with Forlan and Aguero in attack.
“It looks to be an offensive festival this year.”
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.
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