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PREVIEW | Barça- Arsenal: Football returns to the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
A party atmosphere at the Camp Nou is assured as Barça take on Arsenal in the 54th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday (8.00pm CEST). It’s the first time that the two teams have met in a friendly, having previously faced each other nine times in the Champions League. The balance of results are in Barça’s favour, the Blaugrana having won six, drawn two and lost one.

Last session before the Gamper | FC Barcelona
On Saturday Ernesto Valverde’s team trained for the final time before their third preseason game of the 2019/2020 season which comes against Unai Emery’s Arsenal side in the 54th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy game. All the available first team players plus five from the B side - Miranda, Collado, Riqui Puig, C. Pérez and Abel Ruiz - took part in the seventh session of the week for the squad.

Valverde: We hope that the Joan Gamper Trophy is a party and we all end up happy | Marca
Barcelona will dispute the Joan Gamper Trophy against Arsenal at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening, with Ernesto Valverde expecting a show to be put on by both sides. This will be the first opportunity for the Blaugrana’s supporters to watch Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann and Neto, something Valverde was keen to point out.

A new Arsenal under construction | FC Barcelona
Arsenal are always a tough rival. Although the Gunners haven’t managed to lift the Premier League since the 2003/04 season, they’ve always been a historically competitive side and are the current Europa League runners-up.

Sources: Barca strike deal to sign €25m Junior | ESPN
Barcelona have reached an agreement with Real Betis to sign defender Junior Firpo in a deal which could reach €25 million, sources have told ESPN FC. Barca will pay an initial €18m for the Spain under-21 left-back, with an additional €7m due in potential add-ons.

Junior Firpo’s Barcelona move expected to be confirmed this Sunday | Marca
Barcelona are set to announce another summer signing, with left-back Junior Firpo’s move to the Camp Nou likely to be announced this Sunday. The Catalan club met with representatives from Real Betis on Saturday and negotiations advanced significantly, to the point where only a few minor details remained.

FC Barcelona remain open to Philippe Coutinho exit | Football Espana
FC Barcelona are still considering selling Philippe Coutinho, as they look to balance their finances. According to reports in Diario AS, the defending La Liga champions are looking into the possibility of selling for the former Liverpool man before the start of the new campaign, following a heavy summer of spending.

L’Hospitalet knock Barça B out of Copa Catalunya on penalties | Sport
Barcelona B have been knocked out of the Copa Catalunya in the first round after going down to L’Hospitalet on penalties on Saturday. L’Hospitalet will meet the winner of the tie between Castelldefels and Satnboià in the next round after progressing following a goalless draw in normal time.