Arsenal U23’s are set to take part in the Premier League International Cup for the first time this season.

Arsenal’s Young Guns will be facing Porto, who won the Premier League International Cup with a 5-0 victory over Sunderland last season, as well as fellow newcomers Bayern Munich in Group E, and Reading.

Porto will have already visited Reading in their first match of the tournament on 22 September.

Porto beat Sunderland 5-0 in Premier League International Cup, May 2017. [Image: Premier League]
Arsenal’s first match against the Portuguese side, however, won’t take place until 17 November and will be held at Boreham Wood FC.

They then face Reading on 30 November, and Bayern on 5 December.

What is the Premier League International Cup?

The International Cup consists of 12 Premier League 2 teams and 12 Under-23 sides from elite Academies across Europe and is designed to give younger, home-grown players a chance to face stiff opposition in a competitive environment.

The tournament’s 24 teams are split into six groups of four. The winners from each group advance to the quarter-finals, as well as the two best runners up.

After this, the ties are decided in one-off matches that go to extra time and then penalties.

All the matches are played in England.

The first match of the tournament kicks off between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United on 31 August.

Here are how the rest of this season’s Premier League International Cup groups stack up [via Premier League]:

Group A: Sparta Praha, Liverpool, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven
Group B: Hertha BSC, Legia Warsaw, Leicester City, Sunderland
Group C: Derby County, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Everton, VfL Wolfsburg
Group D: Athletic Club Bilbao, Celtic FC, Manchester United, Swansea City
Group E: Arsenal, FC Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Reading
Group F: SL Benfica, Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal CF, West Ham United

PL International Cup winners

2016/17: Porto B
2015/16: Villarreal B
2014/15: Manchester City