The final pre-season fixture takes place today at 12.30 UK time. The only way to view Arsenal v Sevilla is on Arsenal.com or the official app, priced at just £5.99. Just £5.99 say Arsenal but whatever happened to the Emirates Cup being televised?
Some good news as Fabio Vieira, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Emile Smith-Rowe and Kieran Tierney were all training yesterday. Lucas Torreira was out there too, as were Hector Bellerin, Pablo Mari, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles but I didn’t spot Bernd Leno in the photos.
When you think about Sevilla, do you think of Jose Antonio Reyes? It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been three years since his fatal traffic accident. I just wish he could have loved England as much as Arsenal fans loved him. Such a talented young footballer. Today is all about him. Nice.
Reyes is not the only footballer to have played for both Arsenal and Sevilla as Julio Baptista, Samir Nasri, Sebastien Squillaci have too. Two disasters and one who upped and left when the riches of Man City were on offer. Still, at least Arsenal saved money by not having to buy extra large shorts after he left. 😆
I’m not sure what to expect from Mikel Arteta today because on one hand, it must be tempting to play a starting eleven close to the one which might face Crystal Palace on Friday but on the other hand, the thought of anyone picking up an injury is scary. Especially if that player happened to be Thomas Partey. But, a manager cannot think like that I guess otherwise there would no pre-season and I can’t see either team going into challenges at full throttle.
Sevilla – Not since the 1945/46 season have they won a La Liga title but they’ve been hugely successful in cup competitions, winning five Copa del Reys, a Spanish Super Cup and a record six Europa League titles, all coming between 2006 and 2020. (Three EL Cups under Unai Emery)
Arsenal – The club have announced that Martin Odegaard has been named our new men’s first-team captain. No great surprise really as he’s already captain of his country and one of very few options. Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey might have been in with a chance but considering both are yet to get through a full season without injury, I guess there would be little point in appointing in either.
Enjoy the game today if you’re going and if not, it’s either pay £5.99 or miss it…
See you in the comments.