by Lewis Ambrose
The Emirates Cup is pretty much wrapped up after Saturday’s goal fest at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal beat Ligue 1 runners-up Lyon 6-0 to go on to a massive nine points in the tournament which rewards each goal scored with a point but the Gunners still have to turn up and finish the job on Sunday, which pits the hosts against German side VfL Wolfsburg.
A few familiar faces are likely to play for the Bundesliga side including former Chelsea men Kevin de Bruyne and André Schürrle and Arsène Wenger knows they will pose a test.
“It will be a similar game again with a team who has good quality,” Wenger said to the media after Arsenal’s commanding win on Saturday. “They are one of the top teams in Germany and they are fighting against Bayern, and may even be at the same level. It will be a good test again.”
The walkover on Saturday was a surprise and I don’t think Wenger expects a similar result again, but is actually complimenting Lyon and saying Sunday’s opponent is on a similar level.
Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking put out a strong team yet still watched his team lose 2-1 to La Liga outfit Villarreal on Saturday. It leaves ‘Die Wölfe’ with a pretty slim chance of winning the coveted Emirates Cup but they could still deny Arsenal the trophy.
Much more importantly they have the German SuperCup against Bayern Munich next week so will look to take the game extremely seriously as the season is just around the corner. Arsenal will certainly face a test on Sunday.
Arsenal fans may (or may not) be interested to know that Nicklas Bendtner could feature for the German side upon his return to the Emirates.