The Arsenal first team play their opening match of pre-season against Colorado Rapids on Monday night/Tuesday morning.
For anyone attending the game in the USA, it kicks off on Monday at 7pm. However, for those watching on from the UK, it’s on Tuesday morning at 2am. The match will be televised on Premier Sports, a paid channel showing all of the club’s pre-season games.
Let’s have a look at the players who have travelled on tour with the club.
Travelling Squad List
- Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Emi Martinez, Matt Macey
- Defenders: Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Zech Medley, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Dominic Thompson
- Midfielders: Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka, Robbie Burton, James Olayinka, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Özil
- Wingers/Forwards: Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Tyreece John-Jules
Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos have all travelled, but they aren’t expected to be fit to play just yet.
Predicted Lineup (3-4-1-2)
Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Kolasinac; Özil; Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Take this prediction with a huge pinch of salt, because pre-season matches are almost impossible to call. Arsenal will likely start one team, then substitute every single player at half-time, so it’s very possible they line up with any combination of players at the start.
Maybe they’ll go with their strongest eleven and then a back-up eleven. Maybe they’ll go with a mixture. Maybe they’ll trial a new formation or tactical setup. Until they play their first game it’s going to be pretty hard to predict how they plan to use this tour.