Arsenal have been in terrific form this season, with 37 points from 14 games to sit atop the Premier League table.
Arsenal will begin their mid-season preparations with a difficult assignment against Lyon in the Dubai Super Cup match. The contest at the Al Maktoum Stadium will not be about results but mainly about both teams getting their match sharpness and fitness back on track. This will be the first mid-season friendly for the Gunners, while the French side have already played out a 5-3 win over OH Leuven. Hence Mikel Arteta’s side will try to make full use of their squad for this fixture.
In the friendly tournament, there will also be AC Milan and Liverpool. Hence, it will be interesting to see how these teams play against some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Arsenal have been in terrific form this season, with 37 points from 14 games to sit atop the Premier League table. The only blip in their season was an early EFL Cup exit to Brighton & Hove Albion, otherwise, they have been in excellent form. The same cannot be said for an inconsistent Lyon side. The French club is placed eighth in the Ligue 1 table with 21 points from 15 games.
This contest will see the reunion of former Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette. He has been brilliant for the French side this season and will hope to carry that form against his former club. Both sides will miss some of their players due to their involvement in the World Cup. Arsenal will have the majority of the absentees due to their national team involvement. Gabriel Jesus is out injured, while Emile Smith Rowe has traveled with them but is unlikely to be involved in matches. Meanwhile, Lyon will be without injured Jerome Boateng, however, Corentin Tolisso and Jeff Reine-Adelaide could be involved.
Arsenal possible line-up: Hein, Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Lokonga, Elneny, Odegaard, Nelson, Marquinhos, Nketiah
Lyon possible line-up: Lopes, Gusto, Diomande, Lukeba, Henrique, Tolisso, Mendes, Aouar, Cherki, Tete, Lacazette
|Arsenal lose to Lyon||1-2|
|Arsenal beat Lyon||6-0|
|Arsenal draw Lyon||1-1|
|Lyon lose to Arsenal||0-1|
The club friendly between Arsenal and Lyon will take place at Al Maktoum Stadium on Thursday at 9 pm IST.
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