After a long season many of Arsenal’s players and staff are now enjoying a much-needed break. It was a busy campaign for Mikel Arteta who oversaw the overhaul of his squad by bringing in Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard last summer.
The Gunners also had several players leave the club with Joe Willock, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Calum Chambers, Willian, Sead Kolasinac, Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos, Mat Ryan and David Luiz all exiting on a permanent basis and several other players heading out on loan.
With a squad more in his image, Arteta begun to bring a style of football to the Emirates that the majority of fans appear to be fully behind, despite the fact that Arsenal missed out on Champions League football to their local rivals Tottenham on the final day of the season. However, the job is by no means done.
When asked about what Gunners fan can expect this summer, Arteta revealed that he and Edu are likely to be busy. “We want to take the club to the next level,” the Spaniard said in his press conference ahead of the final game of the season against Everton. “That’s the ambition. In order to do that we have a very clear plan again, how we want to do it and execute it, and there are no secrets. We need resources and we need to increase the quality and the depth of the squad.”
Arsenal’s owners are understood to have promised Arteta the investment required to take the team from being a Europa League side to a Champions League one next season. The preparations for that crucial campaign are set to get underway very soon.
The Gunners are set to return from their summer holidays for pre-season in the week beginning on Monday 27th June. Some players may end up coming slightly later than this though depending on the different allowances that have been made due to their international commitments. The return date is slightly earlier than usual this year due to the truncated nature of the upcoming season that has been brought about by the Qatar World Cup in November and December.
Arsenal will travel out to Germany for a pre-season training camp as their first trip abroad. This journey will be in part gearing up to a friendly against FC Nurnberg on July 8th at the Max-Morlock Stadion. football.london understands the club are hopeful of potentially squeezing in a behind-closed-doors friendly before their trip to the continent but nothing has been confirmed yet.
The Gunners will then return to London before travelling out to America for their second international tour of pre-season on July 13th. While Stateside they are set to face Everton on the 16th of July at the M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, before taking on Orlando City and Chelsea in the Orlando Cup on the 19th and 23rd of July, respectively.
It’s a quick turnaround then for Arsenal who will be travelling back to London the day after their derby with Thomas Tuchel’s side. After that they will host Sevilla in the Emirates Cup on July 30th in a game that will likely feature tributes to Jose Antonio Reyes who was tragically killed in a car accident three years ago.
They are again hopeful of fitting in another behind-closed-doors friendly in prior to that, though. After the cancellation of their trip to Orlando that was originally scheduled for last summer, Arteta’s side played two games without fans or media present at London Colney against Millwall and Watford, winning both 4-1.
The Premier League season will then get underway on August 6th. But whether summer targets like Gabriel Jesus, Youri Tielemans and Aaron Hickey are in the side by then remains to be seen.