Arsene Wenger is relishing in the prospect of facing Boca Juniors in the Emirates Cup on Saturday, with the Arsenal manager insisting the north London club will be in for a real test against their South American counterparts.
The Cup, which includes French outfit Paris Saint-Germain and Thierry Henry’s side New York Red Bulls, will certainly be a clash of four different footballing cultures, and Wenger believes that Arsenal can only learn from the other participating sides as they look to push for trophies next season.
“The South Americans will cycle the ball at a slow pace and suddenly try to kill you, so it’s always a good experience - and they have all the tricks and skills developed from a culture of street football too,” Wenger said.
“They can slow the game down, they always have good technique and intelligent behaviour at the back. It’s always difficult to score goals against them.
“Boca Juniors is a great name of world football, so it will be interesting.”
The Cup will take place over two days, with Arsenal taking on the Red Bulls on Sunday, in what will be an emotional homecoming for Henry.
While all eyes will no doubt be on Henry’s performance against his old club, fans Arsenal will keen to catch a glimpse of Gervinho, with the summer signing impressing so far in his pre-season debut..
Gervinho scored both goals in Arsenal’s win over Cologne in Germany, and Wenger will no doubt be expecting the forward to shine again against Boca Juniors and New York.