Arsenal concluded what was a truly remarkable opening part of the season with a 0-2 triumph away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, courtesy of a second-half brace from Martin Odegaard. Now it’s time for the World Cup to begin, and club football around the world will be taking a break, at least in the formally competitive sense.
The work, of course, does not stop for those who haven’t made it to Qatar, and that part of Mikel Arteta’s squad will be taking part at the Dubai Super Cup between December 8th and 16th. It will be a tournament in which the Gunners will face Olympique Lyon on Thursday, December 8th, and AC Milan five days later. The manager will use the opportunity as a warm-weather training camp, preparing his men for the resumption of the normal season when and Arsenal take on West Ham United at the Emirates on Boxing Day.
“We’re looking forward to spending time together on the training pitch in a warmer climate,” Arteta said. “It’ll be a nice change of environment and a great opportunity for us to work hard and prepare for the second half of the season.
“Dubai is a fantastic place and the football facilities there are first-class. The Dubai Super Cup also gives us the opportunity to test ourselves against two strong sides in Lyon and AC Milan – it’ll be a great experience for the squad.”
Once back for Dubai, the Gunners could play a game at the Emirates as well, a friendly match preceding the Hammers clash, but the information about that will be released “in due course”.