Singapore, 17 July 2018 – The 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore promises many firsts, one of which will be Arsenal’s first two matches against top European sides with newly appointed Unai Emery at the helm. Taking place at the National Stadium on 26, 28 and 30 July, Arsenal will open the Singapore-leg of the tournament against UEFA Europa League winners Atlético de Madrid on 26 July, followed by Emery’s former club and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on 28 July.
Since taking over the reigns at the Emirates Stadium, Emery has wasted no time boosting Arsenal’s squad, making five signings as of today, most of whom have defensive capabilities. The Spaniard’s first three signings were defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, who are expected to help solidify Arsenal’s back line with their experience, and Bernd Leno, who is being groomed to succeed Petr Cech in due time.
The former Manager of the Year in France then acquired the services of defensive midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, whose signing has surprised many. Despite moving over from Ligue 2, Emery has made his intention clear about the 19-year-old; Guendouzi is expected to fight for a first team spot. The French teenager was also a summer target for Paris Saint-Germain, and is likely to have been on Emery’s radar for a while before Emery himself moved to Arsenal and convinced the teen to sign for the North Londoners.
Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi are all expected to be on the flight to Singapore and make their Arsenal debut here. Arsenal’s squad in Singapore for the 2018 International Champions Cup also include goalkeepers Petr Cech; defenders Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers; midfielders Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Matteo Guendouzi; and forwards Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi. The full team list will be revealed at a later date.
Revealing his goal for Arsenal when they arrive in Singapore and ahead of the new season, Emery said, “I want to win. The performances, every day, for work on attacking, defending, is to be competitive each match. My first idea is getting better day-to-day with our players and working hard with our players, to transmit my ideas. The system for me isn’t the most important. For me, the most important thing is to be and to create one competitive team.” More comments from Emery may be found in the Annexe A below.
Tickets to the 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore are currently available at www.sportshub.com.sg and will also be available for purchase at the House of Football. Starting from $28, group, family and multi-day packages with perks are also available for fans of the beautiful game. Multi-day packages include benefits such as preferred seating, Fan Zone Special Entry Pass, House of Football Special Entry Pass and even a chance to win a pass to the clubs’ official training session at the National Stadium. Members with UnionPay, the Official Payment Brand of 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore will enjoy a 10% discount across all categories (except Field Seats) throughout the sale period.
To bring fans close to the action, organizers have released exclusive seating by the pitch for this year’s tournament. Priced at $388, the Field Seat category – a first for both ICC in Singapore and the National Stadium – consists of 50 seats per match in a strategic location situated on the length of the pitch, right opposite the dugouts. Field Seats for the second match are sold out.
Fans travelling from China may get in touch with Thomas Cook China, the Official Travel Package Provider in Greater China of the 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore.
For more information, please visit www.internationalchampionscup.sg.
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