Arsenal vs. Benfica: 2017 Emirates Cup Time, TV Schedule and Live Stream

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2017

Arsenal players sit on the bench after their friendly soccer match against Chelsea in Beijing, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Arsenal will kick off their 2017 Emirates Cup campaign on Saturday, when they host Portuguese champions Benfica in the friendly tournament.

RB Leipzig and Sevilla are the other two teams participating, with the Spaniards set to face the Gunners on Sunday.

Here's everything you need to know about Saturday's clash.

             

Time: 4:20 p.m. BST/11:20 a.m. ET

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London

TV Info: Quest TV (UK), ESPN Deportes

Live Stream: Quest Live, WatchESPN

         

Preview

The Emirates Cup returns after a one-year absence, with the now-familiar point system. On top of the usual allocation of points―three for wins, one for a draw―an additional point is awarded for each goal scored.

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If two teams finish with the same number of points, shots on target will determine a champion, meaning all four squads will have plenty of incentive to play attacking football—a welcome sight for the fans.

Arsenal are the defending champions and, as hosts, have naturally won the tournament more than any other team, with four titles. Of the other participants, only Benfica have any experience in the competition, placing fourth in 2014.

Manager Arsene Wenger is happy the Emirates Cup is back, per the club's official Twitter account:

Benfica have dominated the Portuguese league in recent years, with four consecutive titles bringing an end to FC Porto's remarkable run between 2010 and 2013.

The Eagles have been unable to turn their domestic dominance into European success, however. The historic club haven't won a major European competition since 1962, a barren stretch for a team once regarded as the best club in the world during the golden years of Eusebio.

Arsenal haven't fared any better in Europe and failed to qualify for this year's UEFA Champions League. Their run without silverware was halted in 2014, when they won the FA Cup, but fans won't be satisfied with what the club has accomplished the last few seasons despite winning the FA Cup in 2015 and this year.

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The summer hasn't been particularly busy for the Gunners, although they did add the star striker they desperately needed. Alexandre Lacazette will have his first opportunity to shine in front of the fans in north London and should fancy his chances against a defence that lost Victor Lindelof to Manchester United.

As shared by the Gunners' official Twitter account, the team will debut a new kit on Saturday:

The Emirates Cup remains little more than a friendly pre-season tournament, but in front of the home fans, the Gunners will want to make a positive impression. Momentum is needed after last year's disappointing campaign―a solid performance at home would be a good way to kick things off ahead of August 6's Community Shield against Chelsea and the Premier League season.