The Emirates Cup is often the source of mockery towards Arsenal fans in the Football Transfer Tavern with rival supporters claiming that the only way the Gunners can win something is by making their own trophy, or in most cases failing to win their own cup.
However Gunners fans look past the criticism as they know that for all the jokes and mockery the two matches over the past weekend always give a clear indication of where the club are ahead of the new season.
Arsenal’s annual pre-season event ended yesterday with heartbreaking defeat for the Gunners as Galatastaray powerhouse Didier Drogba came back to haunt Arsene Wenger’s men as he had done wearing the blue of Chelsea so often.
The 35-year-old striker returned to score a late quickfire brace to clinch the cup for the Turkish giants after Theo Walcott had earlier given the Gunners a first half lead. Wenger’s side had previously come from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Rafael Benitez’s new look Napoli team on Saturday after a strong second half display in the first game.
Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, main summer target Gonzalo Higuain made an appearance at the Emirates Stadium but not wearing the red of Arsenal but in fact the sky blue of Serie A runners-up Napoili.
With the exception of French youngster Yaya Sanogo, there were no new signings on display for the supporters to get excited about, so just what conclusion can be drawn from the two fixtures that were played this weekend?