Arsenal pre-season blow as Roma pull out of ICC US tournament where pair were due to face in …


ARSENAL’S pre-season plans will need quick rearranging after Roma pulled out of their match in the United States.

The two sides were due to meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 20 as part of the International Champions Cup.

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Unai Emery will have to rethink Arsenal’s pre-season plans after Roma pulled out of their friendly in the USCredit: Reuters

But the Italian side have to play in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, which gets underway in July 25.

Many first-team players will now report to Trigoria in late June for pre-season, missing out on the tune-up against the Gunners.

Roma chief executive Guido Fienga said: “We were delighted to once again receive the invitation from the ICC to play in the tournament, and were very much looking forward to participating.

“We looked at every available option in order to avoid withdrawing, however, in the end the decision had to be made in light of next season’s commitments.

“I apologise to all the fans hoping to come and watch us this summer. We share your disappointment, but I want to assure you all that we will return soon.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise to the ICC for having to withdraw, but nevertheless wish them a hugely successful tournament in our absence.”

The Giallorossi were also due to face Chivas Guadalajara in Chicago on July 16 and end their tour with a clash against Benfica in New York on July 24.

This would have been Roma’s fifth appearance in the competition since 2014.

Missing out on the friendly could also affect plans to sign Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini.

Gunners boss Unai Emery had been looking at the 22-year-old as a possible replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who has left on a free to Juventus.

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