Arsenal Scraps Emirates Cup | Here is Why
In a club statement Monday, the Gunners explained that the four-team tournament, which began in 2007, will take a one-year break as work on a new pitch at the Emirates Stadium will begin at the end of the season.
“We know how popular the Emirates Cup is with our fans here in the UK and around the world, so we are disappointed that we will not be hosting it this summer,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.
“The shorter preseason window and the need to relay our pitch has resulted in this decision being taken. We look forward to hosting the tournament in 2017.”
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 18, 2016
Arsenal had earlier cancelled the tournament in 2012 because of that summer’s Olympic Games in London.
Arsene Wenger’s men will still have a busy preseason as they travel to the United States for games against the MLS All-Stars and Chivas Guadalajara in California.