After losing three prominent players of last campaigns, with numerous still under temptations and constant pursuits, Arsenal FC is ready to give a warm reception to the fans and invitees to their annual pre-season two-day football tournament at the Emirates.
With three renowned clubs on the guests card, Spanish giant and current La Liga champion Real Madrid FC top of the list and ready to show up, Italian Serie A record holder Juventus FC are also said to have booked their ticket and look forward to safely land in London for the 2nd and 3rd of August football event.
German Bundesliga outfit Hamburg SV are also set to make their debut at this very tournament, under the guidance of Dutch manager Martin Jol who recently replaced his compatriot Steven Hubbs.
Hamburg SV who were invited to last year’s tournament which was the first edition but withdrew due to Uefa’ Intertoto Cup commitments, will be bringing back Martin Jol who was last in north London in October 2007 whilst at the helm of Tottenham Hotspur,. Days when touchline tussles and bust ups with Arsenal‘s boss and professor Arsene Wenger were part of life in north London derbies.
After two successful seasons in north London, followed by a disappointing 2007/2008 Premier League campaign, he was sacked and replaced by Europe’s most promising and high flying manager Spaniard Juande Ramos who impressively managed to win a League Cup in his first season at the club, knocking out Tottenham‘s arch rival Arsenal on the road to gold.
Another familiar face to the Londoners and Premiership fans, expected at the Emirates Stadium is former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri who is the current manager at Juventus FC. Juventus who where implicated in the Italian football fiasco had a stint campaign in Serie B in 2006/2007 following relegation but made a successfully comeback and competed in Serie A last campaign.
Bernd Schuster’s Real Madrid FC is a team everyone will be looking forward to see in action, in a tournament where each team will play two matches with three points awarded for a win and one point for a draw and one point for each goal scored. The team with the highest points at the end of the tournament will be declared winner and awarded the Emirates trophy.
Arsenal may have lost two of their most important defensive midfielders in Frenchman Mathieu Flamini to AC Milan, samba boy Gilberto Silva to Greek giant Panathinaikos FC and a very versatile Alexandre Hleb to Barcelona but Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are ready to entertain and defend the cup they won last year on its inception.