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Arsenal announce Emirates Cup teams: Nicklas Bendtner to return

Nicklas Bendtner left Arsenal in the summer after almost a decade at Arsenal.

Arsenal have announced that Lyon, Villarreal and Wolfsburg will compete in this summer's Emirates Cup.

The presence of Wolfsburg means a return to the club for Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, while Santi Cazorla's former club Villarreal are also in the competition.

The games will be played on the weekend of July 25-26

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis told the club website: "We are delighted to be able to confirm three leading European club teams for this year's Emirates Cup. Lyon, Villarreal and Wolfsburg have some fantastic players and will all contribute to an entertaining weekend of football for our supporters.

"Lyon and Wolfsburg will also provide a good competitive challenge for our players as they prepare for the new season. Emirates have sponsored this tournament since 2007 and we thank them again for their long-standing commitment to Arsenal Football Club, and their support in helping to make this a great weekend of football each year."

Emirates Cup 2015 match schedule:

Saturday, July 25

14.00: Wolfsburg vs. Villarreal
16.20: Arsenal vs. Lyon

Sunday, July 26

14.00: Lyon vs. Villarreal
16.20: Arsenal vs. VfL Wolfsburg


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