Arsenal have made a not-so-subtle dig at their north London rivals Tottenham in a video to promote their pre-season tour to the United States.
The Gunners will take on an MLS All-Stars team this summer, something Spurs did last year.
Spurs were beaten 2-1 and Arsenal haven’t forgotten it.
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The promotion video features cameos from Arsene Wenger, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin, Kieron Gibbs and Thierry Henry, while a host of MLS stars appear.
The best moment of the video is right at the start, though. New York Red Bulls’ forward Sebastien Giovinco is playing FIFA with a team-mate, trying to decide which team they should play against.
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They scroll past Bayern Munich, Norwich and Southampton before landing on Tottenham, to which the MLS star quips: “beat them,” in an obvious reference to last summer’s victory.
Kaka and David Villa scored for the All-Stars and their line-up against Arsenal promises to be complete with more high-profile names. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and Ashley Cole are all plying their trade in the MLS and could line-up against Alexis Sanchez and co.
Watch Arsenal's funny pre-season promo video.
Trip to Los Angeles
The video fails to deliver the details of the tour - the horrific acting hardly helps deliver the message - but Arsenal’s website reports the Gunners will play two pre-season games.
The game against the All-Stars will take place on July 28 in San Jose. Wenger then takes him team to Los Angeles to face Chivas de Guadalajara on July 31.
The Arsenal manager said: “Pre-season is a critically important time for us and we are delighted to be going to San Jose and Los Angeles to participate in the 2016 MLS All-Star game and to play Chivas.
“We have tremendous support across America and enjoyed our visit to New York in the summer of 2014 when we played the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. We look forward to giving our US fans the chance to see the team play live.”
North London showdown
Perhaps Arsenal were inspired to play in the All-Star game by Tottenham’s brilliant form this season. After taking on the All-Stars, Spurs have responded by surging to second place in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team are five points behind Leicester and can prove their title credentials by beating Manchester City on Sunday. Arsenal are tied on points with their north London rivals and will provide another twist in the title race if they beat Leicester this weekend.
It’s been 12 years since either North London side lifted the league title but that drought could come to an end in May. With Manchester United and Chelsea well off the pace and Manchester City’s defence raising huge concerns, both teams have a glorious chance to lift the title.
Arsenal travel to White Hart Lane on March 5 in a game not to be missed.
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