We’ve headed home for the Emirates Cup this weekend, with the team looking to win their second trophy in a matter of weeks – off the back of our Barclays Asia trophy victory in Singapore.
We last won the tournament in 2010, with sub par performances seeing the likes of Galatasaray and New York Red Bulls lift the cup. It’s only a pre-season competition, so naturally it’s more about fitness than anything else. It would still be nice to get the trophy back where it belongs however, and our fine form suggests we are more than capable of doing so.
Wenger has warned that we are up against two good teams, and insists that both Lyon and Wolfsburg have the potential to be powerhouses in the future.
“They are two teams we can talk about in the next two or three years because Lyon has a good bunch of young players and finished second in the league and Wolfsburg is the upcoming team in Germany,” Wenger said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“They did a good job last year and they are two teams who certainly will be important teams in Europe in the next few years.”
Wolfsburg were the surprise of the Bundesliga last season, and were the only team that ever looked like challenging Bayern Munich (in the absence of any kind of push from Borussia Dortmund).
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Lyon meanwhile, looked likely winners of Ligue 1 for large parts of the season, but were eventually toppled by Paris Saint-Germain.