Arsenal Drawn Against Portuguese Champions Benfica & French Side Monaco.

Arsenal have been drawn against Portuguese champions as well as French side as the fixtures of the 7th edition of the Emirates cup was announced today.

The cup which is in its 7th edition will also see Spanish side Valencia participate in a 2-day weekend event schedule to take place in August.

Arsenal’s official website revealed…

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “We’re delighted to once again be hosting the Emirates Cup in August. This will be the seventh staging of the Emirates Cup and it has proved to be an overwhelming success and a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of football.

“Not only does the tournament offer supporters the first chance to see the team play at Emirates Stadium before the start of the new season, it will of course also provide a very competitive level of preparation for all the teams ahead of the 2014/2015 season.

“Emirates has been the proud sponsor of the Emirates Cup since the inaugural tournament in 2007 and we’re obviously delighted that Emirates are continuing their long-standing commitment to Arsenal Football Club through their support of this prestigious pre-season tournament.”

Emirates divisional senior vice president, corporate communications Boutros Boutros added…

“The Emirates Cup continues to be a key part of our long-term partnership with Arsenal Football Club and we’re all looking forward to the tournament returning again in August. The competition has always been a great way for the Arsenal team to prepare for the start of the new season and also for the fans to enjoy two days of high quality pre-season football at Emirates Stadium. We’re once again looking forward to supporting this great weekend of football.”

Emirates Cup 2014 match schedule:

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Valencia CF v AS Monaco – 2pm kick-off
Arsenal v SL Benfica – 4.20pm kick-off

Sunday, August 3, 2014
SL Benfica v Valencia CF – 2pm kick-off
Arsenal v AS Monaco – 4.20pm kick-off

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