Arsenal's players have returned to pre-season training ahead of their 2015-16 Premier League campaign, and the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea will ensure fans will take an even keener interest than usual.
Then they will return to England for the eighth running of the Emirates Cup. Lyon, Villarreal and Wolfsburg are the competing teams, so there's plenty of scope for some exciting clashes.
Lastly, Arsenal will take on Chelsea at Wembley in the curtain-raising FA Community Shield before they kick off their campaign proper against West Ham United on August 9.
Read on for more scheduling information and everything you need to know about Arsenal's pre-season preparations.
|Arsenal Pre-Season Schedule 2015|
|Competition||Date||Fixture||Time (BST)||TV||Live Stream|
|Asia Trophy||Wednesday, July 15||Arsenal vs. Singapore Select XI||1:30 p.m.||Sky Sports 1||Sky Go|
|Asia Trophy||Saturday, July 18||Arsenal vs. Everton or Stoke||11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.||TBA||TBA|
|Emirates Cup||Saturday, July 25||Arsenal vs. Lyon||4:20 p.m.||BT Sport 1||BT Sport Player|
|Emirates Cup||Sunday, July 26||Arsenal vs. Wolfsburg||4:20 p.m.||BT Sport 1||BT Sport Player|
|FA Community Shield||Sunday, August 2||Chelsea vs. Arsenal||3 p.m.||BT Sport 2||BT Sport Player|
With four friendlies for the Gunners before the season's first chance at silverware, Arsenal fans will have plenty of opportunity to see Cech in action.
Arsenal's players certainly seem excited by his arrival:
The former Chelsea stopper is part of a 27-man squad for Arsenal's trip to Asia, which will see a mix of youth and experience travelling to Singapore.
Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina will not feature in Arsenal's pre-season preparations due to their exertions in the Copa America for Chile and Colombia.
Likewise, Serge Gnabry will miss the Asia Trophy after featuring for Germany in the European Under-21 Championships.
Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck will also sit out the trip as they nurse injuries.
Calum Chambers will return from holiday early as he did not make it on the pitch for England in the Under-21s.
Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com:
Calum has decided to shorten his holiday and come back on Friday. He didn’t play in the under-21s and needs preparations.
Welbeck isn’t completely recovered from the problem he had [at the end of last season]. He’s not back in full training so he will stay behind.
Rosicky will stay back because he got a small injury at his last game against Iceland with Czech Republic.
Ospina is on holiday until July 27 and Alexis is on holiday until August 3. Serge Gnabry is on holiday after playing with the under-21s. He’s back on July 20.
Here is Arsenal's full squad for the Asia Trophy:
|Arsenal Asia Trophy Squad|
|Goalkeepers||Petr Cech, Emiliano Martinez, Wojciech Szczesny|
|Defenders||Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal|
|Midfielders||Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Dan Crowley, Mathieu Flamini, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Jack Wilshere, Gedion Zelalem|
|Forwards||Chuba Akpom, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott|
As Arsenal look to make further inroads in the transfer market, fans may well get to see more new faces as pre-season wears on.
Thanks to the addition of Cech, the Gunners are arguably only two or three signings away from a genuine title challenge next season, with recruitment in defence and up front the order of the day.
It's sometimes difficult to read too much into pre-season form, but it will undoubtedly be beneficial for Arsenal to prepare well ahead of the new season if they are to keep pace with Chelsea early on.
Cech's arrival following the FA Cup win has produced a thoroughly positive atmosphere around the club, so Arsenal look set to capitalise on that throughout their pre-season preparations and enjoy a strong month before the Premier League starts once again.