A large proportion of the Arsenal first team have reported back for duty at London Colney, bar those involved in the recent conclusion of Euro 2020 and Copa America, ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
It will ensure that Mikel Arteta can begin to tie the loose ends in pre-season, with fixtures planned against London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, ahead of the Gunners’ opening Premier League bout with Brentford.
There are a number of high-profile pre-season clashes for Arsenal this summer. Here’s how the fixture list looks:
Tuesday, July 13 – Hibernian, Easter Road (6pm)
Arsenal kick-start their pre-season campaign with a trip to Scotland as they face Hibernian.
Despite Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno all still yet to return to action, this clash will give Arteta his first chance to see new signing, Nuno Tavares, in non-competitive action for Arsenal.
Saturday, July 17 – Rangers, Ibrox Stadium (2pm)
As the Gunners continue their tour of Scotland, this clash could prove to be decisive in Arteta’s judgment as to who he will hold onto this summer transfer window, with several names poised to be offloaded amid growing links to a potential £110million swoop for duo James Maddison and Ben White.
Sunday, July 25 – Inter Milan, Camping World Stadium (11pm – Florida Cup)
Travelling to the United States for the next installment of pre-season football, many of those who impressed in Scotland will have booked themselves a ticket on the plane meanwhile those who have not, and are set with a move away, will likely be sent back to north London.
The two sides have only ever played two competitive fixtures against one another despite either sides’ established history in European competitions.
Wednesday, July 28/Thursday, July 29 – Everton/Millonarios, Camping World Stadium (11pm or 1.30am – Florida Cup)
As the Gunners begin to build momentum and get back into their stride, Arteta’s side will be keen to finish confidently in Orlando ahead of clashes against London rivals Chelsea and Spurs in The Mind Series. Their opponents will be dependent on the semi-final results.
Premier League supporters were welcomed back to grounds across the country towards the end of last season and hope reigns eternal that the 2021/22 season will go by without disruptions.
Memberships are available, which reduces the prices for tickets bought thereafter. A full breakdown of how much tickets cost for Category A, B and C games can be found here.
Sunday, August 1 – Chelsea, Emirates Stadium (3pm – The Mind Series)
The Mind Series is a charitable selection of pre-season games set up by Mind to support better mental health for communities at home and overseas.
The Arsenal Men’s team will face the Chelsea Men’s team later in the afternoon following Arsenal Women playing Chelsea Women in the earlier kick-off at 12:15pm.
Sunday, August 8 – Tottenham, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (2pm – The Mind Series)
Arteta’s side will draw the curtain on the Mind Series and on their pre-season ventures with a North London Derby just five days before the Gunners are welcomed to the Brentford Community Stadium by the Bees on the opening day of the Premier League.