Arsenal have confirmed that the Emirates Cup will not be taking place this summer, with the club preparing to undergo some work on the pitch.
The two-day competition first started back in 2007 and was named after Arsenal’s main sponsor Emirates.
The small tournament has been held every summer since – bar 2012 which was due to the summer Olympics being staged in London – but the club have announced that it will not be taking place this summer.
The club reveal that work on the Emirates’ pitch will be undergone immediately after the last match of the season against Aston Villa on the 15th May and will continue throughout the summer until the new season begins.
“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,” chief executive Ivan Gazidis told the club’s official website.
“The shorter pre-season 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 still have a busy summer of pre-season fixtures coming their way, even without the Emirates Cup, and will get it underway with two matches in the United States in July.
The games will be against the MLS All-Stars in San Jose and Chivas de Guadalajara at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, while there are sure to be more games in the pipeline after the cancellation of the annual tournament that is the Emirates Cup.