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Pictures: Arsenal's new PUMA away kit

Away kit on sale

Along with kit partner PUMA, we have officially unveiled our 2018/19 away kit.

The new kit is now on sale at Arsenal Direct, where you will receive a free £10 gift card with every shirt purchase.

Scroll through our gallery of exclusive pictures of first-team stars wearing the kit for the first time


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.


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.

Media Watch

Media Watch: Torreira, N’Zonzi, Golovin

Today’s edition of Media Watch sees us linked with a Uruguayan midfielder, a Sevilla star and a Russian playmaker. 

According to The Daily Star, a deal for Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira is edging closer

Meanwhile, The Express have claimed that we’ve shown an interest in Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi

The Express have also reported that we’re keeping watch on CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin, amid interest from Juventus

Club announcement

Arsenal partner with TIDAL

We’re delighted to launch a new partnership with global music and streaming platform TIDAL that celebrates our shared commitment to developing young talent.

The agreement will see Arsenal members enjoy access to TIDAL’s extensive library of music – including the likes of JAY-Z’s 13th studio album 4:44 – and unique content including 21 Savage’s 30 Days with 21 Savage, Rick Ross’ album annotations and more.

2018/19 Platinum and Gold members will receive a free six-month subscription to the Hi-Fi service, while Silver, Red and Purple members will be given access to the Premium service for the same period. Details on how to activate these exclusive offers will be communicated to members before the start of next season. 

Subscribers to TIDAL will be able to access over 50 million songs, more than 200,000 videos, carefully curated playlists and a variety of exclusive content. TIDAL members can also discover up-and-coming musicians via the TIDAL Rising programme and participate in the TIDAL X programmes which connect artists directly with fans via one-of-a-kind events, meet & greets, ticket giveaways, livestreams and more. TIDAL has already held TIDAL X events with artists including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea, Blood Orange, Ty Dolla $ign and Maleek Berry.

Arsenal and TIDAL are collaborating to create exclusive content that brings the worlds of football and music together. First up – Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Reiss Nelson have combined their ultimate playlist here

Arsenal Chief Commercial Officer Vinai Venkatesham said: “Football and music are great passions of so many of our global supporters. This partnership combines these two passions in a unique way and will give our members access to some fantastic benefits. It is also a celebration of our shared belief in young talent, and will create opportunities to bring together our players with TIDAL’s rising artists.”

TIDAL Chief Operating Officer Lior Tibon said: “Football and music are two of the most universal languages around the world and we’re thrilled to spotlight promising young talent in both of those areas. This initiative is so synergistic with our shared belief in young talent - we're looking forward to sharing an elevated music experience to Arsenal and its members.”

For more on our partnership visit


Away kit launched at Leicester Square

Along with club partner PUMA, we officially revealed the 2018/19 away kit on Thursday as part of a live event at Leicester Square in London featuring Arsenal legends Robert Pires and Ray Parlour.

Women’s star Danielle Carter and former captain Alex Scott were also on hand to meet supporters and commuters, while football freestylers, beatboxers, BMX performers and a graffiti artist helped keep the crowd entertained.

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Charlesy will round off the event with a special set from 5pm to 7pm.
Arsenal fans and kit enthusiasts alike will be familiar with the ‘Peacoat Navy’ used as the baseline colour for the shirt, a colour which has been part of our DNA since the 1908 away kit.
The shirt sports a unique “pulse” design across the chest and the accompanying shorts come in a heather effect created by mixing both the ‘Peacoat Navy’ of the away shirt with the red of the home shirt.
The socks match the shirts colour, adding a red band at the top and ARSENAL spelt out on the back.
The new kit is on sale at Arsenal Direct - where you will receive a free £10 gift card with every shirt purchase.


Marcel Lucassen and Lee Herron join academy

Arsenal Training Centre

We have made two important new additions to our academy team.

Marcel Lucassen joins us as head of coach and player development, responsible for all coaches and teams from under-9s to under-23s.  
He joins from Al-Nasr FC in Dubai where, as technical director for the past three years, he has overseen the club’s youth academy and supported the UAE Federation in the development of their national coach education programme.
Prior to Al-Nasr FC, Marcel held positions with the German FA, where he had responsibility for the individual technical and tactical development of the German national youth teams, and 1899 TSG Hoffenheim, where he was assistant coach. At the German FA he was one of the key people who developed and improved the DFB playing style.
Marcel is a UEFA Pro Licence Instructor and a Lecturer and Consultant at the World Football Academy.
We also welcome Lee Herron to the academy as our head of academy football operations. Lee joins us after 17 years at Championship club Reading, where he has been a key figure in making their academy one of the most effective in the game. He has been Reading’s academy manager since 2016.


Daniel Ballard signs first professional contract

Daniel Ballard signs his first professional contract

Young defender Daniel Ballard has signed his first professional contract with the club.

The 18-year-old is a product of our Hale End academy and signed as a scholar in August 2016.
He played for our under-23s and under-18s last season, and captained the squad that reached the FA Youth Cup final. He is a Northern Ireland youth international.
We would like to congratulate Daniel on his new contract and wish him well as he continues his development at the club.


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