Arsenal are set to start their pre-season in Australia and Asian tour where they will be playing several high profile friendlies starting with a double header in Sydney against Sydney FC and Sydney Wanderers on 13th and 15th July 2017. Their first encounter will be against Sydney FC on Thursday, 13th July at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney and if you don’t have access to live action, you can always tune in here for full match highlights after the game is over.
The game is suppose to start at around 20:00 local Australian time and that is around 11:00 am uk time and we will have live action of the game right here on this page with live streaming links posted 1 hour before the kickoff while full match highlights will be available after the game is over.
Match Preview & Team News: Arsenal are set to start with their record signing of Alexandre Lacazette who could feature upfront in his very first Arsenal game while Alexis Sanchez has yet to return back to training after he was given extended holiday after his Confederations Cup heroics. Other starts like Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud, Walcott and Ox-Chamberlain are all included in the squad and should feature at some point in the game. There are other few youngsters who are also given extended break as they were part of under-21 championships likes of Holding, Chambers and Bellerin are the most notable ones.
Sydney FC on the other hand are one of the most successful team in Australian domestic circuit and they should field a good enough team to cause problems for Arsenal. With rusty off-season and unfamiliar opposition might make it harder for Arsenal on their very first game of the pre-season and I expect Sydney FC to win this game. But result is the last thing concerning Wenger and Arsenal, they need players to be fit and back to their match fitness and this is where preparations for next season begins.