By Joe, www.Bettingexpert.com
Following the huge success of the two previous held Emirates Cup in 2007 and 2008, Arsenal Football Club have invited Glasgow Rangers, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid for the Emirates Cup 2009. The Emirates Cup 2009 will take place in the Emirates Stadium over a 2 day period where two matches will be played each day. The tournament is decided in a group stage where all teams will play each other once.
The host has a few changes to their lineup this upcoming season. The team have lost Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City for £25 million and Samir Nasri will be out for a certain period of time, breaking his leg. Coach Arsene Wenger has bought in Thomas Vermaelen for £10 million and Havard Nordtveit is on loan from Lillestrom. He will be happy to see Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo back in the squad after a lengthy period because of injury. This tournament will be the first few teams that will give Arsenal some competition. Arsenal won this tournament in 2007 but finished only 3rd in 2008.
The Spanish team do not have a competitive competition until the end of the August month in the Spanish league but is aiming to keep in shape for the Champions League qualifier. The team have recently participated in the Amsterdam tournament. It is most likely that Atletico Madrid will take the tournaments they enter seriously and fully committed in reaching match fitness. Coach Abel Resino has acquired Javier Cantero de la Puente into his current squad.
The French outfits finished sixth in the Ligue 1 last season. They will enter the Europa League group stages while preparing for the Ligue 1 season that will start on the 8th. One new arrival, Coach Antoine Kombouare has taken the charge of the Parisian team and looks to improve PSG performance after last year’s disappointment. Defender Papus Camara will not be travelling to London as he will be out for 3 months with a calf injury. Peguy Luyindula was tops corer for the 2007 Emirates Cup as PSG finished 2nd in the group.
The reigning Scottish champions will certainly bring a huge backing to the Emirates Stadium. Rangers have recently returned from touring Germany where they played two matches against Nuremburg and SC Wiedenbruck. Coach Walter Smith and assistant Coach, Ally McCoist have high hopes for their current squad eventhough there has been no purchasing took place in the summer. They will take this competition as a warm up to the SPL season start against Falkirk on 15th August.
There might not be much of reward in winning this tournament but as the season starts and it is getting near, all teams will be very competitive to show their managers that they will be fighting for the first team start. Pride is definitely on stake and Arsenal knows that since they didn’t win last year’s Emirates Cup. Of all the teams at the tournament, Atletico Madrid could win the tournament based on their match fitness and their squad experience. Ladbrokes is offering 4.50 for Atletico Madrid to win.