Hibernian vs Arsenal, LIVE: Mikel Arteta’s side get their pre-season campaign underway in Scotland with many first team stars including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting
- Arsenal starting XI: Okonkwo, Soares, Clarke, Mari, Kolasinac, Nelson, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah, Aubameyang
- Arsenal get their pre-season underway with mini-tour of Scotland
- Gunners open up against Scottish Premiership side Hibernian at Easter Road
- Many first-team stars are expected to feature for the 6pm BST kick-off
Arsenal begin their preparation for the 2021-22 campaign as they play their first pre-season friendly when they travel to face Hibernian at Easter Road.
It’s the first of two matches in Scotland for the Gunners as they take on last season’s third placed finishers in the Scottish Premiership with a squad likely to contain many first-team stars including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Follow all the action from the 6pm kick-off with DAN RIPLEY including line-ups and build up ahead of the encounter.
Macey, McGinn, Hanlon, Porteous, Stevenson, Newell, Gogic, Boyle, Allan, Bradley, Nisbet.
Some of you eagle-eyed Gunners will note Matt Macey starting in goal for the Scottish side. Macey has two Arsenal appearances to his name from the 2017-18 season.
The 20-year-old has also not featured for the Gunners in a competitive first-team game but he will line-up in a back four partnered by Pablo Mari.
Who, you may ask? Not a totally unfair question as Okonkwo has never played for Arsenal’s senior team so this will be a good run-out for the shot stopper.
He has though just penned a ‘new long term’ deal with the Gunners though and has moved up to train with the first team.
And there are many more on the subs bench too including Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin.
Of course there will be no Bukayo Saka at this stage of pre-season who whether England won or lost on Sunday night, will now be starting his summer break given he didn’t get one at the end of the season seeing how it seamlessly shifted from the Premier League to Euro 2020. The football never ends.
Okonkwo, Soares, Clarke, Mari, Kolasinac, Nelson, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
Well if you are an English Arsenal fan, here’s where to start. England’s dream might have ended at Wembley two days ago, but the Gunners are already in preparation mode for the new season as we bring you live coverage of their first pre-season game. Good evening all – team news should be in shortly.
Source: Read Full Article