Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid in Singapore in the International Champions Cup tomorrow.
The clash, a repeat of the Europa League semi-final, takes place tomorrow and promises to be a sell-out; fans in the Asian country get to be treated to a game filled with high-profile players.
Unai Emery is looking to make his mark on our squad and will be looking to judge the fitness of the team ahead of what promises to be a defining season for The Gunners. After defeating Boreham Wood 8-0 last time out, this game represents a much tougher proposition for the North Londoners. We take a look at the probable lineup for the game.
Bernd Leno should start this game after finally joining the team for pre-season. Big things are expected of the German and – although he reportedly made a slight error in a recent behind-closed-doors friendly – this game represents a good chance to impress his new manager and fans.
Emery knows that Atletico Madrid are a bugger threat going forward than what the club have faced so far, therefore he is likely to field experienced players in the defence. Hector Bellerin should play from the right against his countrymen, while on the opposite flank, Bosnian international, Sead Kolasinac will be looking to use his power and pace to cause destruction.
In the heart of defence, youngster Konstantinos Mavranopos should partner the more experienced Sokratis Papastathopoulos; the latter arriving from Dortmund.
Emery favours a midfield trio: a specialist defensive midfielder, a box-to-box player and a playmaker. Filling these roles respectively should be Maitland-Niles, Ramsey and new signing, Matteo Guendouzi. All three will be looking to impress their manager, especially Maitland-Niles and Guendouzi, young players that have bags of potential. Maitland-Niles has raw physical qualities, Guendouzi is an astute passer of a ball while Ramsey will be the dot connecting midfield and attack.
The Arsenal front-line has been lauded as one to watch out for this coming season and Arsenal fans can get a glimpse of what is come. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should play from the left while on the opposite side, Henrikh Mkhitaryan should get the nod. Up front, French striker, Alexandre Lacazette will be looking to impress and make a case for himself after missing France’s World Cup winning party.
Probable lineup: Leno, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Chambers, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette