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Arsenal and Chelsea set to meet at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for pre-season friendly

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The venue, which can hold up to 51,700 fans, will host the all Premier League friendly on August 1

Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in a pre-season friendly at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, the Premier League rivals have announced.

A London derby will take place at the 51,700-seater stadium on August 1 as both sides continue preparations for the new season.

Jack Wilshere scored for the Gunners in the game between the pair back in January at the Emirates

Jack Wilshere scored for the Gunners in the game between the pair back in January at the Emirates

The teams are certainly no strangers to one another after meeting five times during the 2017/18 campaign.

The Gunners drew first-blood, following up their FA Cup final win over the Blues by beating them in a penalty shoot-out to lift the Community Shield in August.

Two Premier League draws followed before Arsenal got the better of Chelsea once again, winning their two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final thanks to a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea also confirmed in the same announcement that they will take on Inter Milan in Nice and Lyon at Stamford Bridge in their other pre-season games.

The history between the London sides is filled with drama and talking points galore

The history between the London sides is filled with drama and talking points galore

The London rivals are also reportedly locked in a transfer battle, if rumours are to be believed.

Former Barcelona target Jean-Michael Seri is keen to leave Nice for a Premier League side and the Ivory Coast international is reportedly wanted by both Arsenal and Chelsea.

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