Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Friday June 1 2012
Whilst the first team`s pre season engagements will probably involve plenty of long haul flying and lots of shimmering camera bulbs, it`s the Arsenal Reserves pre season friendly fixtures that I anticipate most eagerly. I can`t really afford to fly to Hong Kong or Nigeria this summer. Not when there`s Guinness to be supped in Dublin and life affirming musical acts to be watched in Lisbon. But the Arsenal XI pre season fixture list always gives me the chance to tick off some more grounds from the 92. Last summer, the first whiff of the new season came in the form of Woking away .
This summer, the Arsenal XI have their first two friendlies signed, sealed and delivered. The annual affair with Borehamwood is set for . Saturday, 21st July k.o. 3pm. The game is an annual agreement as the Hertfordshire club allow use of their ground for Arsenal Ladies matches- an agreement which has been extended for another three years. Yesterday, the Gunners also confirmed a fixture against Stevenage at their Lamex Stadium the following Saturday, 28th July, kickoff 3pm.
This news was music to my ears. The Arsenal XI played at Stevenage last summer too, but I was unable to attend owing to an engagement with PJ Harvey and Portishead at Alexandra Palace. But with no such plans this year, I get another ground closer to the famed 92! I would imagine the friendly game formed part of the agreement that saw Luke Freeman sold to the League 1 side earlier this season. All but confirmed is also an appointment with Southampton at the St. Mary`s Stadium on Saturday, 14th July, a game which emanated from the agreement to sign Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. I`m reliably informed that the first team are currently weighing up an offer to finish their pre season preparations with a game against Barcelona in the Nou Camp in August, all will soon be revealed I guess. In the meantime, the rest of the Arsenal XI schedule will likely be completed in the coming weeks. LD.
Update: Now confirmed Arsenal will take place in the Markus Libeherr Cup on Saturday, 14th July. This will involve two 45 minute friendlies. One against Glasgow Rangers at 6.45pm and another against Southampton at 8pm. Both take place at Southampton's St. Mary's Stadium.
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Date:Friday June 1 2012
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