Date: 1st June 2012 at 9:20am
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Whilst the first team`s pre season engagements will probably involve plenty of long haul flying and lots of shimmering camera bulbs, it`s the Arsenal Reserves pre season friendly fixtures that I anticipate most eagerly. I can`t really afford to fly to Hong Kong or Nigeria this summer. Not when there`s Guinness to be supped in Dublin and life affirming musical acts to be watched in Lisbon. But the Arsenal XI pre season fixture list always gives me the chance to tick off some more grounds from the 92. Last summer, the first whiff of the new season came in the form of Woking away .

This summer, the Arsenal XI have their first two friendlies signed, sealed and delivered. The annual affair with Borehamwood is set for . Saturday, 21st July k.o. 3pm. The game is an annual agreement as the Hertfordshire club allow use of their ground for Arsenal Ladies matches- an agreement which has been extended for another three years. Yesterday, the Gunners also confirmed a fixture against Stevenage at their Lamex Stadium the following Follow me on twitter @LittleDutchVA