Mikel Arteta & co. will welcome their local rival Chelsea to Emirates stadium on Sunday afternoon in the Mind Series mini tournament.
The Gunners head into the game aiming of continued their momentum run form, after wining their last two pre-season friendlies matches, with latest one was Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Watford FC at London Colney.
Mikel Arteta’s men, started their pre-season campaign with lose and draw against Scottish side Hibernian and Rangers, before finally recorded their first victory in behind closed doors friendly match against Championship side Millwall, which ended 4-1 at London Colney.
The Gunners, then, recorded another victory last Wednesday with 4-1 win over news Premier League boys Watford, in which Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Kieran Tierney and Miguel Azeez all are on targets.
The north London club, now turn their focus on next pre-season friendly match, with called The Mind Series tournament, that’s involved their local rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
All three capital clubs will each host a round-robin fixture at their home stadium, with funds raised to be split between mental health charity Mind and the clubs’ respective foundations.
The Gunners will kick-off their fixtures in mini pre-season tournament at home, by face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon before take short trip to north London to face Spurs at their playing ground next Sunday in their second outings, which will be their last final fixture of pre-season before start of new season.
And ahead of host Chelsea at Emirates Stadium, Mikel Arteta has been handed quite a boost. On Sunday, the Gunners boss could well have a full strength squad at his disposal, only Bukayo Saka likely to miss the routine.
New £50m signing Ben White was put through his paces in his first Arsenal training session on Saturday, and is possibility for him to get some minutes when Mikel Arteta’s side lock horns with Chelsea at Emirates stadium.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is likely to make some changes to the side that started against Watford with Thomas Partey, Emile Smith-Rowe and Rob Holding among those potentially coming from behind I the side.
Kieran Tierney could also take the place of new signing Tavares at left-back, while Nicolas Pepe may be handed a spot in the final third alongside Smith Rowe, Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Lokonga could earn another spot in the middle of the park after delivered eye-catching performances in Arsenal’s last two matches.
Bernd Leno is expected to pick between the sticks for Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, while Arthur Okonkwo, Tom Smith, James Hillson could also get some minutes in the second half of the game.
On to right-wing back Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares, Hector Bellerin are all available for the selection, means, Mikel Arteta have plenty options to choose the right candidate to face Chelsea.
As for the centre-back unit, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Omar Rekik, Harry Clarke, and Ben White are available while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka, Mohammed Elneny, Willian, also options for Mikel Arteta in middle of park against the Champions League holder.
Folarin Balogun, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, are available and all of them expected to get some minutes against Chelsea.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Lokonga, Thomas; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
When is kick off? Sunday 1 August, at 3:00PM
Where is the match being played? Emirates Stadium
When does Arsenal vs Chelsea kick-off?
- Arsenal’s pre-season clash with Chelsea will get underway from 3pm UK time on Sunday, August 1.
- The game will take place at the Emirates Stadium in North London.
- Fans are allowed into the stadium to watch the game.