Barcelona to host Arsenal in Joan Gamper Trophy

The Catalan club will host the Gunners in their traditional annual friendly, meaning a reunion between Unai Emery and Ernesto Valverde.

Barcelona to host Arsenal in Joan Gamper Trophy

Arsenal will be Barcelona's opponents in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy match, the Catalan club's traditional season curtain-raiser.

The 2019 edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy game – named in honour of the businessman who founded Barca – will be the 54th.

It will be Arsenal's first appearance in the match, which sees Barça face a different guest each year.

Barca have won each of the last six editions, beating Boca Juniors, Chapecoense, Sampdoria, Roma, León and Santos, the game against the latter finishing 8-0.

Manchester City the last English side to win Gamper trophy

Arsenal will be the sixth English club invited to play for the trophy. Manchester City were the last to feature, beating Barca 1-0 in 2009, making them one of only two sides with Sampdoria to win the match since 2005.

The match will be held at Camp Nou on August 4 after Barca have returned from their other pre-season commitments, which will see them play against Chelsea and Vissel Kobe – the club of Andres Iniesta, Sergi Samper and David Villa – in Japan, as well as a trip to the United States for the LaLiga Serie A Cup against Napoli.