Arsenal complete Quest for deal in time for Emirates Cup

Discovery-owned free-to-air channel to show pre-season soccer tournament in UK.

Arsenal complete Quest for deal in time for Emirates Cup

Quest, the free-to-air digital TV channel owned by Discovery, has secured the exclusive live UK broadcast rights to the Emirates Cup pre-season soccer tournament.

The ninth edition of the competition will be played at the Emirates Stadium in London on 29th and 30th July, with hosts Arsenal welcoming Portuguese champions Benfica, Sevilla of Spain's La Liga, and RB Leipzig, the runners-up in Germany's Bundesliga. All four games will be shown live on Quest, which is available on the UK's Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV platforms.

French striker Alexandre Lacazette, who Arsenal signed from Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais earlier this month in a club record deal worth a reported UK£52 million, is expected to make his home debut.

“The Emirates Cup is a fantastic tournament and great addition to Quest’s line-up of top sporting action," said Simon Downing, head of Quest. "From the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race to the Giro d’Italia, cycling’s first grand tour of the season and World Snooker’s Home Nations Series later in the year, Quest shows a rich variety of sport for fans, all for free.”

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis added: "We’re all delighted to once again be hosting the Emirates Cup this summer. Every year we have staged the competition, the Emirates Cup has been hugely successful and a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of football. Benfica, Sevilla and Leipzig are three strong clubs, with good players, who will not only hopefully produce some exciting football, but also provide us with high quality preparation ahead of the new season."

Arsenal, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, will return to England from a pre-season tour of Australia and China. They will be taking on German champions Bayern Munich in Shanghai on Wednesday before meeting English champions Chelsea at Beijing's Bird's Nest on Saturday.