Arsenal confirm USA summer pre-season plans including Chelsea match in Florida

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Arsenal confirm USA summer pre-season plans including Chelsea match in Florida
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Arsenal have confirmed a pre-season tour to America ahead of the 2022/23 season, which includes a match against Chelsea.

The Gunners will be competing in FC Series, which will see them face Orlando City at the MLS side’s Exploria Stadium on Wednesday, July 2. Mikel Arteta’s side will then play Chelsea at the Camping World Stadium in Florida three days later.

While those are the only two matches to be officially announced so far, Arsenal will be playing a fixture earlier in the tour before then facing Orlando and Chelsea.

“We’re very pleased to see our pre-season plans taking shape with the announcement of our trip to the United States to take part in the FC Series,” Arteta said.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve seen our fans in the US and we’re looking forward to playing in front of them.

“We’ll be playing some good sides that will provide strong opposition and the training and matchday facilities in Orlando will provide a first-class environment for our preparations for next season.”

The Gunners had been due to travel across the Atlantic last summer as part of their pre-season preparations, but Covid meant those plans were shelved.

Two American players were signed in January, though neither have yet arrived. Goalkeeper Matt Turner is expected to join up with the club this summer, while Auston Trusty is likely to be loaned out to a European side next season.

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