Shots on target rule could decide Emirates Cup winner as Arsenal face Sevilla 

Shots on target rule could decide Emirates Cup winner as Arsenal face Sevilla 

Arsenal and Sevilla contest the Emirates Cup on Saturday afternoon in the Gunners’ final pre-season fixture of the summer

The Emirates Cup is a unique pre-season tournament in its own right and Arsenal will be looking to get their hands on the trophy for the sixth time when they face Sevilla on Saturday afternoon.

Introduced in 2007 as part of the Gunners’ intention to stage a pre-season competition at the then-brand new Emirates Stadium, the inaugural Emirates Cup took place on July 28 & 29 that year with Paris Saint-Germain, Valencia and Inter Milan the first-ever participants.

Arsenal would go on to win the first tournament thanks to a pair of 2-1 wins over PSG and Inter, and have emerged victorious in four of the nine editions ever since, taking the runners-up spot twice in 2014 as well as 2019 – the last time the competition was held – and finishing third in 2008, 2011 and 2013.

 

This year’s tournament is a little different. Whilst the new one-day format – which came into effect in 2019 – is still in place, it’s just a one-off game between Arsenal and Sevilla as there will be no women’s fixture – presumably because of the European Championships currently taking place.

When the announcement was made back in May regarding the return of the Emirates Cup, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta welcomed the chance for his side to come up against the La Liga outfit: “We’re delighted to have the Emirates Cup back on our pre-season schedule,” he told the club’s official website.

“Our fans have been magnificent this season. They’ve created such a strong connection with the team and it will be great to kick off a new season in front of our home supporters. Our pre-season schedule is shaping up nicely with some good games against strong opposition. The match against Sevilla will be a big test for us and it will be a great occasion for our fans.”

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