Arsenal are looking to play a couple of pre-season games in the USA this summer, after cancelling last summer’s trip due to Covid-19.

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Football.London report that Arsenal are in discussions over playing two pre-season games in America, with talks underway but no locations confirmed just yet.

The Evening Standard confirm that Arsenal are exploring the possibility of playing matches in America, adding that the Emirates Cup could also be part of Arsenal’s pre-season plans.

Scheduling those two events would go some way to winning favour with the fans that missed out in recent years.

Arsenal were set to go to the USA for matches against Inter Milan and Everton/Millonarios last summer, but they had to pull out over positive Covid-19 tests in the travelling party.

As we know, Covid was a big issue for Arsenal around that time, particularly when they ended up starting the season with most of their senior strikers unavailable.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Captain Manuel Almunia of Arsenal lifts the winners' trophy after the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Celtic at Emirates Stadium on August 1, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Captain Manuel Almunia of Arsenal lifts the winners’ trophy after the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Celtic at Emirates Stadium on August 1, 2010, in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

As for the Emirates Cup, Arsenal haven’t held the event since 2019, and even then it was a scaled-back version with just two games on one day.

The last full Emirates Cup – with four matches over two days – was in 2017. Theo Walcott was the top scorer.

So it’s been a while, and it would be nice to bring it back for some pre-season action for the local supporters.

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