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Six U21 pre-season friendlies confirmed

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji celebrates scoring for Arsenal under-21s

Our under-21 side will build up to the 2024/25 campaign with six friendly fixtures.

Mehmet Ali’s team will be in action at home and abroad during the summer months as they warm up for Premier League 2 action, as they aim to improve on their fifth-place finish last term.

Our pre-season plans begin in familiar surroundings when an Arsenal XI travel to Boreham Wood FC for a game at Mangata Pay UK Stadium on Sunday, July 13, three days before a trip to Enfield Town, recently promoted to the National League South.

Then follows a trip to Slovakia as our youngsters face Rapid Vienna on Saturday, July 27, who finished fourth in the Austrian Bundesliga last season, before returning to England for a fixture with seventh-tier Bishop Stortford at their Donmow Road home.

EFL opposition follows as we head to League One side Lincoln City for a game at Sincil Bank. The Imps finished just outside the play-off places last term and will provide an excellent test ahead of our EFL Trophy matches next term.

Pre-season concludes with a behind-closed-doors game against Stoke City’s under-21s at the Sobha Realty Training Centre on Saturday, August 10.

Supporters who wish to watch these games can purchase tickets through the opposition club’s website, with the exception of the Rapid Vienna fixture where entry can be purchased on the gate.

U21s pre-season schedule

Sat, July 13: Boreham Wood (A) 
Mangata Pay UK Stadium | 3pm

Tue, July 16: Enfield Town (A)
Queen Elizabeth II Stadium | 7.45pm

Sat, July 27: Rapid Vienna (N)
X-Bionic Sphere, Slovakia | TBC

Wed, July 31: Bishops Stortford (A)
Dunmow Road | 7.45pm

Sat, August 3: Lincoln City (A)
Sincil Bank | 3pm

Sat, August 10: Stoke City U21s (H)
Sobha Realty Training Centre | 3pm
*behind closed doors

Video

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