Arsenal travel to Orlando this week to feature in the Florida Cup, let’s take a look at our predicted lineup for their first game against Inter Milan.
Arsenal are yet to win a game after their first couple of pre-season fixtures, but the performance against Rangers was much improved, just with some wasteful finishing.
Mikel Arteta’s side will look to keep building on that display as they step things up a gear against top opposition in Inter Milan. Here’s our predicted team for Sunday’s match.
Bernd Leno will have completed his three weeks off by Tuesday, so it’s very possible he joins the trip to Orlando on Wednesday, which would have him available for his first pre-season action by Sunday.
For now, we’ll assume that’s the case, as Kieran Tierney returned after three weeks and he played many more minutes at the Euros than Leno.
Arthur Okonkwo and Karl Hein will also likely join the trip as the backup goalkeepers, as the youth duo continue to get senior pre-season opportunities.
Pablo Mari and Rob Holding will likely keep their places in the centre of defence, as you’d imagine that’s the current planned pairing to play against Brentford of the opening day of the new season.
That may change if Gabriel Magalhaes returns to fitness, or if Ben White arrives and gets up to speed in time. But for now, they’re the first-choice central defenders.
Hector Bellerin has been strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan, so there’s perhaps no better game for him to impress both his current and his potential future employers. On the other side, Tierney could be set for his first start of pre-season.