Emirates Cup

'It's the first time you show fans every player'

Unai Emery cannot wait for the Emirates Cup to begin.

The pre-season event returns on Sunday, with our men's team taking on Lyon after our women's side open the day against Bayern Munich.

It will be our head coach's first taste of the Emirates Cup, and also an opportunity for our supporters to catch a glimpse of Dani Ceballos in an Arsenal shirt for the first time since his arrival on loan from Real Madrid on Thursday.

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We caught up with Emery on the final day of our USA tour, and he told us just how excited he is to be together with our fans at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. 

"I think the first time on the pitch with our supporters - even though it's a friendly match - is very important because I think it's the first moment you can show them every player who is playing with us," he told Arsenal Player.

"Young players will be doing possibly their best performance and taking more minutes with us, plus any new players we have signed. I think it's the first moment we can be together and we can be strong for the start of the season. Really, I am looking forward to being with our supporters at Emirates Stadium again this pre-season against Olympique Lyonnais.

"They are a team with very young players, a big team in France and in Europe, known for playing with big performances. It’s a team who have played very well for their supporters. Playing them will help us to give a big match at the Emirates. They have individually good players, a new coach in Silvinho, who played here as a left back.

"It’s good that he’s coming back here because he played for Arsenal. His visit with his team is good for us. They are a big team, with big players. I can enjoy, feel a good moment in this Emirates Cup. We are very excited to play in front of our supporters in London.
"Arsenal Women also have a game at the Emirates Cup. I want to congratulate our women’s team on an amazing season last year and wish them good luck for this season. We’ll be together with them at the Emirates this Sunday and I hope we’ll enjoy a big day with those two matches."

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