The fourth version of the Emirates Cup kicks off this Saturday, 31st July 2010.
The tournament is hosted by the Premier League club Arsenal and the format of the tournament is based on Amsterdam Tournament held by Ajax and much like the Amsterdam Tournament, each team plays two matches with three points for the winner, one for a draw and a point for every goal scored. From the 2009 edition, if teams are tied on points, goal difference and goals scored, they are ranked by the total shots on target during the tournament.
The two-day 2010 Emirates Cup will feature AC Milan, Celtic and Lyon joining the hosts Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Day one will feature the opener being Celtic vs Lyon followed by an encounter between the hosts Arsenal and AC Milan.
Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger will be hoping to make the most of the newest additions to Arsenal, Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Koscielny. But with Sol Campbell, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre gone, the defensive situation has gotten worse than before as Wenger is still looking for a defender and a goalkeeper.
On the other hand, the biggest signing for AC Milan so far is Mario Yepes on a free transfer while Marco Amelia has also joined the Rossoneri squad on loan.
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Four new players have joined to reinforce the Celtic ranks so far this summer including the Mexican Efrain Juarez. Neil Lennon has a big task on his hand to get the title back from the financially crippling Rangers.
Lyon manager Claude Puel managed to hold on to his job at Lyon thanks to the late push that saw the French outfit climb from sixth to second in the Ligue 1. They will be confident of a good performance as he has the right players with Jimmy Briand being the only arrival at the club this summer so far.
The schedule for the 2010 Emirates Cup is:
- Celtic vs Lyon
Saturday, 31st July 2010 – 14:00
- Arsenal vs AC Milan
Saturday, 31st July 2010 – 16:20
- AC Milan vs Lyon
Sunday, 1st August 2010 – 14:00
- Arsenal vs Celtic
Sunday, 1st August 2010 – 16:20
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