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Arsenal to play Chelsea in Dublin this August

Aviva Stadium

We will play a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in Dublin this summer.

As part of the International Champions Cup, we will face our London rivals at the 51,700 capacity Aviva Stadium, on Wednesday, August 1, with kick-off at 8.05pm (UK time).

Arsenal Legend Ray Parlour was in Dublin on Wednesday June 13, to officially announce the match. Ray was joined by ex-Chelsea player Tore Andre Flo at the Aviva Stadium to take part in a media conference and photo opportunities to celebrate the announcement.

Further details and ticket information regarding the game can be found here

We can also confirm that we will be playing a pre-season friendly in Stockholm on Saturday, August 4. Opposition and full details of this match will be released very soon.

These two matches are in addition to the two international matches already announced in our pre-season schedule. As part of the International Champions Cup, we will play Atletico Madrid on Thursday, July 26 and Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, July 28, with both games to be played at the 55,000 capacity National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub. The matches in Singapore will be our only fixtures outside Europe this summer.

Additionally, we again remind all supporters that due to close season developments taking place at Emirates Stadium, we will not be staging an Emirates Cup this pre-season.


First-team coaching staff confirmed

Unai Emery’s coaching team here at Arsenal has been confirmed.

Unai will be joined by First Team Assistant Head Coach, Juan Carlos Carcedo; First Team Assistant Head Coach, Steve Bould; First Team Coach, Pablo Villanueva; Director of High Performance, Darren Burgess; Strength and Conditioning Coach, Julen Masach; Goalkeeping Coach, Javi Garcia; Goalkeeping Coach, Sal Bibbo and Data/Video Analyst, Victor Manas.
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has a very strong and talented team and I’m delighted that they are joining us. I’m also pleased that Steve Bould, Sal Bibbo and Darren Burgess will continue their work with us. As we go through this period of change, we need to retain some continuity and they have an important role to play.”
First team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac; Head of Medical Services, Colin Lewin; Physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth; Osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and Travel Manager Paul Johnson have left the club.
Ivan said: “All these people have played a huge part in the club’s success and development over many years. We thank them for all their hard work and wish them all the best for the future.” 


Sagna - Why I left Arsenal and what’s next for me

A dependable performer down our right-hand side during his seven years in north London, Bacary Sagna was criticised by some quarters when he left to join Manchester City in 2014.

The France international made 284 appearances for us before leaving for pastures new at the end of his contract, but says that his move up north was strictly professional.

“Many people didn’t understand why I left but I’m going to clear this up one more time,” he told Arsenal Player. “It’s not about the money because I stayed with Arsenal for six years on the same contract, I never asked for anything.

“I just needed a new challenge and I needed to challenge myself and I think it was the right time for me to leave and when I eventually did it was really difficult because Pablo Zabaleta was one of the main players of the team and the first year was quite difficult for me, but I kept training hard and during the second year I was one of the players who played the most and I think I did well.

“During the second year I went to the European Championships and we reached the final against Portugal and we lost unfortunately. Then I came back a bit tired and I got injured last year. I had a good four years but I always kept an eye on the team.

“Now I’ve got some thinking to do with my agent. I still want to play and I think I still have a few years left in me but once I retire, I’m not sure being a manager will suit me because I’m too nice. It will make me sad to put one player out of the team, so more agent maybe because of what I’ve been through over the past year. I think I’ve seen a lot about football and it’s not football that I imaged when I was a kid.

“I think the past year was very interesting for me because I learned a lot. Even at 34 I saw some stuff - crazy stuff - and I don’t want young kids and young players to go through that process. Maybe being an agent I will try to give my experience to them and advise them as best as possible to help them avoid making the same mistakes I did.”


‘He changed the face of the football club’

This week marks 23 years since Dennis Bergkamp joined us - and to this day Steve Bould believes that he was one of the most significant signings in our history.

Throughout his 11-year spell in north London, Bergkamp played a vital role in helping us secure four FA Cups, three Premier League titles and an unforgettable unbeaten season, all while achieving a wealth of individual honours.

“For me I think he changed the face of the football club,” Bould told Arsenal Player.

“The day he signed we all went, ‘What, Dennis Bergkamp’s going to Arsenal?’ and then all of a sudden we weren’t at this level of play anymore, we were up with the best.

“I think Wrighty turned up to watch him sign and the whole place was on fire because he was a great player. It took him a while, but he was brilliant.”


We will play Sevilla in Stockholm in August

Friends Arena

Our pre-season preparations will end with a match against Sevilla at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

The game will take place on Saturday, August 4 with kick-off at 8pm local time, and sees us take on head coach Unai Emery’s old club in our final game before the Premier League campaign begins against Manchester City the following weekend. 

It will be our second trip to Sweden in recent pre-seasons but our first visit to the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
Emery said: “It will be great to meet up with my good friends from Sevilla in our last pre-season game before the Premier League starts. 

“It will be a competitive game against strong opposition and we look forward to giving our many Swedish fans an exciting day.”
Tickets to the game will be released on Thursday, June 21 at 10am (CET) and are available here.


We will host Man City on the opening day

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette celebrate against Burnley

We'll host champions Manchester City on the opening day of the 2018/19 season on Saturday, August 11.

We then travel across London to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, before taking on West Ham United at Emirates Stadium.

The first north London derby of the season is due to take place at the Emirates on December 1 (but is likely to move due to our Europa League participation), with the reverse fixture on March 2.

The run-in to the season will see us travel to Leicester City, then host Brighton before culminating with a trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley.

To add our 2018/19 fixtures to your diary, use our calendar import

PLEASE NOTE: All fixtures and kick-off times are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. In addition, fixtures selected as live TV matches are likely to be announced soon.

Premier League fixture list 2018/19

Please note:

  • The following PL games are likely to move as they follow Europa League matches: Everton (home, September 22), Fulham (away, October 6), Crystal Palace (away, October 27), Wolves (home, November 10), Tottenham (home, December 1), Southampton (away, December 15) 

Under-21s to enter Checkatrade Trophy

Arsenal Under-23s celebrate winning the league

Our under-21s are the latest academy side to sign up to the Checkatrade Trophy, with the 16 invited teams for the 2018/19 campaign confirmed today by the EFL.

Our young side will join under-21 teams from other Premier League clubs Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in next year’s competition, which will continue in its current format with the country’s leading Category One Academies looking to take on professionals, young and old, from the 48 League One and League Two Clubs.

The format is designed to give the country’s leading young footballers the opportunity to gain experience of first-team football, while also providing EFL Clubs with an opportunity to attract new audiences and additional revenue in a competition that has long provided League One and League Two Clubs with a chance of silverware.

Four EFL Clubs - Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion - will have under 21-sides involved this time around. The round one group stage draw will take place in July, with the first round of fixtures scheduled to take place week commencing Monday, September 3.

All our group stage matches will be played away from home.

Academy Manager, Per Mertesacker, said: “We’re pleased to be entering our Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy this forthcoming season.

“We feel it’s important to provide our young players with a variety of experiences in their development and we certainly felt that by entering the Checkatrade Trophy, the players will face different challenges from strong club sides.

“With many of the players in this age group destined to go on loan soon in their careers, the experiences from this competition can act as a very good link between academy and first-team football.”

The invited teams were selected based on their final league position at the end of the 2017/18 season. The first 16 were invited to take part, and then subsequent teams – with Category One Academy status – invited as required.

The full list of invited Under 21 sides is as follows:


Newcastle United

Brighton & Hove Albion



Stoke City


Swansea City


Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manchester City

West Ham United


West Bromwich Albion

A number of minor rule changes have been confirmed for 2018/19 with EFL clubs now being given the opportunity to name players who are out on loan at National League Clubs, while invited teams will only be able to name two players over the age of 21 and with more than 40 first team appearances.

2018/19 Competition Format

Key dates

·         Group stage fixture draw in July

·         First group stage matches are currently scheduled to take place w/c September 3

Group stage

·         Sixteen groups of four teams

·         Each group to contain one invited team

·         Groups formed to minimise overall travel for EFL clubs and fans

·         Invited under 21 teams to play all group games away;

·         Clubs will be awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw

·         In the event of a drawn game after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out will be held with the victorious team gaining an extra point

·         Top two clubs qualify from each group

Knock-out rounds

·         Round two will remain regionalised with group winners at home against a second-placed team from a different qualifying group

·         Round three will remain regionalised

·         Quarter-finals will be drawn without geographical restriction (no regionalisation)

·         If scores are level after 90 minutes, all knock-out rounds will be decided by penalties except for the final, which will have extra-time and then penalties


Player Eligibility

For EFL Clubs

·         Four qualifying outfield Players from 10.

·         A club can play any eligible goalkeeper in the Competition

A qualifying outfield Player will be one who meets any of the following requirements:

·      Any player who started the previous or following first-team fixture

·      Any player who is in the top 10 players at the club, who have made the most starting appearances in League and domestic cup competitions that season

·      Any player with 40 or more first-team appearances in their career

·      Any player on loan from a Premier League Club or any EFL Category One Academy club.


NB. No Player can appear for 2 different teams in the Competition.


For invited teams

To meet the criteria for season 2018/19 invited teams must comply with the following:

·         SIx from 11 in the starting line-up at under-21 level as at June 30 in the preceding season

·         Teams may only include two players on the teamsheet ages over 21, who have made 40 or more senior appearances (measured as at June 30 in the preceding season)

A senior appearance will be defined as having played in a professional first-team fixture. A non-playing substitute does not count.


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