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Arsenal set for a thrilling pre-season ahead of potentially historic 2024/25 campaign

After back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Premier League, Arsenal head into the 2024/25 campaign desperate to dethrone perennial champions Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta’s sides missed out on their first league title in two decades by an inch last term, but they have every reason for optimism ahead of the new campaign.

With the 2024 UEFA European Championship in full swing, several Gunners stars are still in contention for the most prestigious continental title.

Dependable centre-back William Saliba and first-choice goalkeeper David Raya will be on opposite sides when France and Spain lock horns in Tuesday’s mouth-watering semi-final.

There’s just over a month before the new season gets underway.

However, Arsenal’s warm-up campaign will start towards the end of July with a friendly against familiar domestic foes Bournemouth.

Arsenal have released a complete pre-season schedule, with the game against the Cherries on July 25 the first of five, concluding with an Emirates Cup clash against Lyon on August 11.

It will be an exciting summer for the North London faithful.

Only three days after taking on Bournemouth at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, Arteta’s team will lock horns with bitter rivals Manchester United at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Gunners’ United States tour rounds off on August 1 as they face off against Liverpool at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Shortly after their return to Europe, Arsenal will meet last season’s Bundesliga overachievers Bayer Leverkusen in a handsomely-looking friendly at the Emirates.

Arsenal’s final warm-up fixture pits them against Lyon in the latest iteration of the Emirates Cup in mid-July.

They’ll commence the new Premier League campaign on home turf against Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 17.

With Jurgen Klopp no longer in charge of Liverpool and the remaining ‘Big Six’ contingent struggling in the past few years, the Gunners are the likeliest candidates to challenge Man City’s title credentials.

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