FA Cup holders Arsenal will travel to Boreham Wood for a pre-season friendly to open to the new West Stand

Borehamwood Times: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger holds the FA Cup aloft. Picture: Action Images Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger holds the FA Cup aloft. Picture: Action Images

Boreham Wood will host FA Cup winners Arsenal on Saturday, July 19 as part of the official opening of the new West Stand.

Arsene Wenger will bring a strong XI to Meadow Park for the match, as well as the FA Cup trophy his side lifted at Wembley Stadium in May.

A sell-out crowd of 3,800 is anticipated for the friendly clash, which will see the Gunners field the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky.

Other players could yet feature, dependent on their continued involvement with their respective national sides at the World Cup.

Wood chairman, Danny Hunter, said of the fixture: "In my time in the chair, we've looked after so many of the Arsenal teams over the last 15 seasons. Our relationship with Arsenal remains strong and the values and standards they set are a benchmark and still mean something.

"As a club I look up to them and by their actions in this instance, they have again done me, the club and the non-league game proud by giving something back to a grass roots football club."

Hunter continued: "Bringing such a talented squad to us and agreeing to open our new West Stand is great for our community programme and transforms the landscape of a club our size for the whole of next season.

"To put things into perspective, the gate receipts will enable us to re-invest further in our pitch, invest more in our infrastructure and invest in our academy transport system.

"As always, running a football club at our level is a balancing act and Arsenal's actions, would in reality, providing we get a sell-out, equate to us getting to the FA Cup first round proper next season and being the club chosen by the FA as the main TV game. That is honestly how big it could be and as such I am hugely grateful to Mr Wenger, club secretary David Miles and everyone at Arsenal."

Boreham Wood boast an ongoing association with Arsenal that has spanned over two decades. Meadow Park has been the home to the Arsenal Ladies, Reserves, Development squad and Under-18s in that time.

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