The boys have been back in training since the beginning of the week and pre-season is now under way. With the exception of the Euro boys of course, who have an extended rest. So, tomorrow sees our first friendly of the season and it’s a very light entry back into football. The Markus Liebherr Cup at the St. Mary’s stadium in Southampton.
Who is Markus Liebherr?
Markus Liebherr, who died of a heart attack in 2010, was a German-born Swiss businessman and a part of one of Europe’s top family business dynasties. His holding company bought English Football League side Southampton in 2009.
What happens on the day?
The Gunners will go head-to-head with Anderlecht at 6:45 pm. Before that contest, the procession of the Olympic torch will go around St. Mary’s Stadium. Arsenal will take on the Saints at 8 pm to bring the competition to a close.
How are points awarded?
Southampton – newly promoted to the Premier League – kick things off against Rangers at 5.15pm. Three points are given for a win, two for a victory on penalties and one for defeat in a shoot-out.
So with so many players involved in the European tournament this summer and Aaron Ramsey in the Olympics, who will be playing in the tournament? Fabianski is the only first team goalkeeper on our books who hasn’t played in the Euros, with Almunia being released – we do have a few other keepers who may get a run out – Shea, Martinez and Mannone.
Jenkinson – Djourou – Vermaelen (c) – Gibbs
Arteta – Song
Miyachi – Diaby – Santos
This is the strongest squad I can put together excluding all the people involved in the Euros. We have four strikers at the club in Bendtner, Chamakh, Park and Vela whom I believe are all in the process of being sold, so they won’t be involved either.
We may not see the team above, we may see a few youngsters supplemented into the line up – although with Ramsey at the Olympics, Frimpong & Wilshere still injured and a lot of players released, and a lot of youngsters involved in the Under 19’s internationals, it means that we may a very interesting mix of players playing this weekend.
Our beloved Debs will be attending the night in Southampton, so she is our guru in the crowd and she’ll be giving us the low down on Sunday.
In the meantime, in the world of football, it’s d-day for John Terry as he gets his verdict of his race case. Up in Scotland, Rangers’ fate will be decided by the rest of the SPL and first division. Wigan’s Hugo Rodallega is now Fulham’s. A piece of good business for Fulham is you ask me. It’s all happening today, Friday 13th… Let’s see what the day has in store…