Arsenal begin their pre-season campaign with a trip to Easter Road to face Hibernian on Tuesday in the first of two friendlies matches for Mikel Arteta’s squad up in Scotland.
The Gunners are starting to work towards putting last season’s undermining campaign behind them, as Mikel Arteta’s squad returned to pre-season training session as early as possible.
And after a series of training session at London Colney and fitness training in Scotland, Mikel Arteta’s squad will be returning to action for the first time since ending their 2020-21 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on May 23.
The Gunners won their final five league matches of last season to finish in eighth position, but they will not play European football next season, with Tottenham Hotspur claiming the spot in the Europa Conference League.
Heading into the tonight clash, Mikel Arteta is expected to handed a lot Gunners youngest stars, playing time to express themselves and prove they ready to be included in the first-team.
Starting from spot, Bernd Leno is on holiday and Mat Ryan has left, so Runar Alex Runarsson, who joined the London club last summer is the most senior goalkeeper and the most likely to start this match.
Arthur Okonkwo, who new contract with the Gunners early of the month and James Hillson, who signed from Reading back in July 2019 likely get some minutes too.
As for the back-line, David Luiz has already left the club, while Gabriel Magalheas, who was selected Brazil for Olympic, sustained injury problem, means Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, and Omar Rekik, Harry Clarke, likely to feature against Hibernian.
On to right-wing back and left-wing back, there’s a lot of options for Mikel Arteta too, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sead Kolasinac and New signing Nuno Tavares, are all available for selection.
As for the midfield options, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira yet to return, while Matteo Guendouzi has already left the club, Thomas Partey is likely to feature as defensive midfielder pivot with Mohamed Elneny while Emile Smith-Rowe start No. 10 role.
The remaining players with including Joe Willock, Miguel Azeez likely to some minutes too in second half of the game.
Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Kido Taylor-Hart, Omari Hutchinson and Willian will battle for right-wing flank and left-wing flack since Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli yet to return due to involved on international duty with their country.
As for the centre-forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun, are all available for the selection.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Runarsson; Chambers Pablo Mari, Tavares, Bellerin; Elneny, Partey; Aubameyang, Smith-Rowe, Pepe; Lacazette
Kick-off at 6:00pm
Venue: Easter Road in Edinburgh
Arsenal, meanwhile, released the starting lineup for tonight clash with including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Reiss Nelson and Willian.