Arsenal's chances of winning a fourth Emirates Cup in seven editions will rest on their result against Sunday's opponents Monaco, who bring a known threat to north London.
Arsene Wenger will be fully aware of the damage his former club are capable of, although their prospects have come a long way since the seven-year stint he once held as their manager.
The Gunners' pre-season preparations come to a much-anticipated head this weekend, and our last indications of how the north Londoners might fare this season will be tested against some elite opposition.
Date: Sunday, August 3
Time: 4:20 p.m. BST/11:20 a.m. ET
TV Info: BT Sport 1 (UK), beIN Sports 3 (U.S.)
Key Players to Watch
Arsenal: Mikel Arteta
Much of this summer's transfer speculation at the Emirates Stadium has revolved around who might stand as successor to midfield anchor Mikel Arteta, but the Spaniard is still very much alive and kicking.
John Cross of the Mirror recently argued that while new faces are required in the Arsenal squad, the veteran midfielder still remains key to their campaign:
Meanwhile, WhoScored.com point out more relevant statistics alluding to the Spaniard's Premier League influence in recent seasons:
Most passes per game in the PL since 2009/10: Arteta (62.1), Touré (61.6), Carrick (57.3), Cañas (56.7), Özil (55.5)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 29, 2014
This summer has already seen Arteta line up in more advanced positions against weaker opponents, but Monaco's upgrade in strength should see him return to his more anchored hub in the middle of the park.
His presence will be pivotal if the likes of Joao Moutinho, Lucas Ocampos and Jeremy Toulalan are to be restricted as they probe the lines in between midfield and attack.
Monaco: Radamel Falcao
After missing out on the World Cup this summer, Radamel Falcao has endured a hard time on the sidelines since January, but the Emirates Stadium could get an added bonus in seeing the Colombian on Sunday.
Ligue 1 specialist Robin Bairner confirmed last week that Falcao could make his return in the pre-season tournament:
Should the striker miss out, ex-Tottenham forward Dimitar Berbatov could still be something of an anticipated return for those in the north London audience, but Falcao will be more of a treat to watch entirely.
Those suitors around Europe hoping to perhaps lure Falcao to their own shores will also be watching with a keen eye to see if the player is still that same power who suffered a crippling anterior cruciate ligament six months ago.