The Gunners have been impressive so far this summer, winning all their matches, while Orlando are going through a difficult spell in the MLS.
Arsenal will be hoping to maintain their winning momentum in the pre-season when they face Major League Soccer side Orlando City. The friendly match that will take place at the Exploria Stadium will see two sides with contrasting forms taking on each other. The Gunners have been impressive so far this summer, winning all their matches, while their upcoming opponents are going through a difficult spell in the MLS. With new signing Gabriel Jesus hitting the ground running straight from the start, Arsenal look extremely threatening in attack. Hence, it will be difficult to see Orlando get anything out of the match.
|Orlando City vs Arsenal||Key Details|
|Date||21 July, 2022|
|Kickoff time India||5 am (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time England||12:30 am (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time United States||7:30 pm (Wednesday)|
Having played three friendlies till now, Arsenal have won them all. The Premier League side started with a thumping win over Ipswich Town, thanks to an Eddie Nketiah hat-trick, in a behind-closed-doors friendly at London Colney. Then they beat Nurnberg 5-3 and Everton 2-0. In these two matches, Jesus scored a combined three goals. On the other hand, Orlando City have drawn their last two games in MLS. Infact in their last four games, they won only once, drew two, and lost the other one. They are currently sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference of the MLS table.
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Arsenal have been quite active in the transfer window. Gabriel Jesus’ arrival from Manchester City has caught the eye of the supporters, while Matt Turner, Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos have also joined them. Besides, the imminent arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City has also got their fans excited. However, they have got a few injury concerns.
Fabio Vieira, Ben White, Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu missed their last match, hence it is not clear whether they could be involved in the upcoming clash. Meanwhile, Orlando City will miss the services of Mason Stajduhar and Gaston Gonzalez. Besides, question marks are hanging over the participation of Adam Grinwis and Joao Moutinho.
Orlando City possible line-up: Gallese, Ruan, Jansson, Schlegel, Smith, Araujo, Moutinho, Torres, Pereyra, Mulraney, Pato
Arsenal possible line-up: Ramsdale, Cedric, Saliba, Gabriel, Tavares, Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus
The pre-season friendly match between Orlando City and Arsenal will take place at Exploria Stadium on Thursday at 5 am IST.
The live coverage of the upcoming friendly match between Orlando City and Arsenal will be available on Arsenal.com and the Arsenal App. A purchase option is available for all Arsenal’s pre-season matches – details of which can be found on their official club website. Besides, the game is also locally televised on FOX35 PLUS and LionNation TV.