Arsenal and Chelsea line up friendly in Florida
Premier League rivals Arsenal and chelsea will meet in a pre-season friendly match at Orlando Floridathe two clubs announced on Tuesday.
A London Derby in the United Statesset for Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando on July 23, will mark the culmination of the week-long “FC Series,” an extension of the Florida Cup featuring clubs around the world. The Gunners have announced they will be going to Major League Soccer squad City of Orlando on July 20 before meeting the Blues, while chelsea will face two as-yet-unknown opponents on July 16 and 20.
The announcement came ahead of the two sides meeting in the Premier League on Wednesday night, with Thomas Tüchel’s men looking to complete a first league double against the Gunners since 2015-16, having won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium more early this season. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told the club’s official website that he was delighted to see the team’s pre-season plans taking shape, as they eye their first Premier League top four finish since 2016.
“We are very pleased to see our pre-season plans taking shape with the announcement of our trip to the United States to compete in the FC Series,” he said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen our fans in the United States, and we can’t wait to play in front of them.”
Chelsea Technical and Performance Advisor Petr Cech, meanwhile, said the reigning European champions are looking forward to performing in front of their large American fan base. “We have always had great success on our tours of the United States, taking many fans into the stadiums and giving them the opportunity to see Chelsea FC play live,” he said. “We have a huge fanbase in the United States that we’ve proudly built, and we’ve seen that fanbase get bigger and bigger every year. We are excited to go play in the FC Series and the Florida Cup.
chelsea and Arsenal also met in a pre-season friendly before the start of the current campaign, Kai Havertz and attacker disappeared Tammy Abraham scoring in the Blues’ 2-1 success at the Emirates.