By Bulldog Drummond
It has been announced that Arsenal are to take part again in the International Champions Cup again this coming summer.
It is a somewhat curious competition, which last season took place in three countries with different teams playing different numbers of games. Arsenal’s one game – if I remember it aright – seemed rather odd with a prolonged dispute over who Arsenal were allowed to bring on as a substitute. That match was against Bayern Munich which we won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
The competition included five teams playing in China, three in Singapore and eight in the USA. At the end of each section a rather odd league table was constructed. Here is the Chinese one
One may ask what the point of the table was with some clubs playing two games and others just one – let alone why the table include the two extra rows of WP and LP which meant won on penalties and lost on penalties. Apparently winning on penalties gained us two points.
The Chinese version of the competition was the only one in which teams played different numbers of games. In Singapore they all played two in the US they all played three.
Manchester United and Arsenal are said to be playing in the US this time. Tottenham and Chelsea are also signed up for the affair along with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan Inter Milan and Benfica although quite where everyone else is playing I can’t work out yet.
Meanwhile in a posting that seems to me to be fairly symptomatic of the current level of debate Football Fancast is running the story that “Something massive has got Arsenal fans worried about next game.”
Apparently this is that because Barcelona got knocked out of Europe, so could Arsenal. One can see the obvious link.
But let us consider what has happened to CSKA Moscow of late. In fact they played on Monday 9 April in their league at home to Dinamo Moscow and lost 1-2. Thus after four consecutive wins they have just had two consecutive defeats. This leaves the league table looking like this