As the Arsenal boys are off on international duty and Premier League action isn’t until next week, Gooners have a legends match to look forward to. Organised by The Arsenal Foundation, an exhibition match between Arsenal’s greats and AC Milan’s legends will be held at the Emirates Stadium.
Match: Arsenal Legends v Milan Glorie
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Kick Off (GMT): Sat 3rd Sept 1400
The match will feature former personalities like Jens Lehmann, David Seaman, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg from the Gunners side and Milan Glorie will be represented by former Rossoneri like, Dida, Cafu, Paolo Malidini and Marcel Desailly.
Arsenal Legends will be managed by Arsene Wenger and alongside assistant coach Pat Rice, while Fabio Capello will take the hot-seat in Milan’s dug-out.
Fans all over the world can view the live video stream of the match on Arsenal.com or the Arsenal App. Details available here.
The matchday show will be hosted by Nigel Mitchel with Gunner greats Bob Wilson, Lee Dixon and Liam Brady as guests. Dan Roebuck and former Gunner David Hillier will be the commentators for the match.
Manager: Arsene Wenger; Assistant Coach: Pat Rice
Squad: Jens Lehmann, David Seaman, Martin Keown, Marc Overmars, Ray Parlour, Emmanuel Petit, Pascal Cygan, Gilberto, Nigel Winterburn, Kolo Toure, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg, Sylvain Wiltord, Anders Limpar, Gilles Grimandi and Kanu.
Manager: Fabio Capello
Squad: Christian Abbiati, Dida, Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Demetrio Albertini, Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Di Canio, Edgar Davids, Marcel Desailly, Daniele Massaro, Marco Simone, Angelo Carbone, Dario Simic, Giuseppe Favalli, Kakhaber Kaladze, Zvonimir Boban, Massimo Ambrosini, Stefano Eranio, Giuseppe Pancaro, Ibrahim Ba, Serginho and Christian Vieri.
What do the Legends say?
Former Gunners have all expressed their excitement and support for the exhibition match as all proceeds will be donated to the Arsenal Foundation. The legends spoke to Arsenal Player including Thierry Henry who won’t be able to participate due to his commitments to Belgium national team as assistant coach.
“Sadly I will be unable to play in the Arsenal legends game due to my new commitments with the Belgium national team. I was looking forward to being reunited with the Arsenal fans, old friends and of course helping raise money for a worthwhile cause. I wish the boys every success and hope the team can secure a victory in my absence!”
“We are all very excited to be taking part in this match.
“To play in front of the Arsenal fans once again will be amazing. Playing alongside some of my old team-mates against a team of Milan legends will be very emotional. I’m so proud we’re raising funds for the great work of The Arsenal Foundation.”
“It’s going to be great fun,” Ljungberg told Arsenal Player. “I’m going to see some old team-mates, play some football and see the fans, so it’s going to be great. As a former player, what you miss most is the banter in the dressing room but I think that’ll be back.
“I loved my team-mates and had good relationships with all of them, but of course the ones you never see who live abroad – it will be nice to see them because it’s been a few years since I have.
“Arsenal is my second home. I stayed here for a very long time because I love the club and values we stand for. I work for the club as an ambassador now and coach the under-15s, so I’m still very involved in the club and it’s going to be nice to be back.”
Arsenal Legends 3-2 Milan Glorie