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Is Arsenal playing while the 2022 World Cup is on? Mid-season fixtures and kick-off times

ARSENAL fans will be distraught that the season has been paused due to the World Cup – but they’ll still get to see parts of their side in action.

The Gunners are scheduled to travel to Dubai to as part of their preparations for the Premier League return on Boxing Day.

Arsenal concluded the first part of their Premier League season with a win over Wolves

And the North London club could encounter some familiar faces in the Dubai Super Cup.

SunSport have all the required information below…

When is the Dubai Super Cup?

The Dubai Super Cup is set to take place from Thursday, December 8 to Tuesday, December 13.

It is scheduled to happen at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.

Al Maktoum Stadium is the home ground of Al Nasr SC which has a capacity of 15,000.

There will be a league format with each win carrying three points, however, a draw earns you two points.

And there will be a penalty shoot-out at the end of each game regardless of the score where the winner will receive a bonus point.

Whoever has the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned Dubai Super Cup champions.

Who will Arsenal be playing at the Dubai Super Cup?

Arsenal will be playing two fixtures against two top European opposition.

Thursday December 8

Arsenal vs Lyon – 3:30pm GMT

Tuesday December 13

Arsenal vs AC Milan – 2pm GMT

Liverpool are the fourth side who will feature in the Dubai Super Cup but they cannot play Arsenal due to both sides Premier League involvement.

What has Mikel Arteta said about the Dubai Super Cup?

“We’re looking forward to spending time together on the training pitch in a warmer climate.

“It’ll be a nice change of environment and a great opportunity for us to work hard and prepare for the second half of the season.

“Dubai is a fantastic place and the football facilities there are first-class.

“The Dubai Super Cup also gives us the opportunity to test ourselves against two strong sides in Lyon and AC Milan – it’ll be a great experience for the squad.”

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