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Premier League side Arsenal will kick-start their pre-season with the first club friendly with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal ended a disappointing 2020/21 season on a promising note, winning the last five games on the trot but failing to secure Champions League or Europa League qualification, meaning they will not have any midweek Europe commitments this time around. Arsenal will play Rangers after the Hibernian friendly before they take part in the pre-season Florida Cup.
Hibernian have started their pre-season on a strong note with a 5-3 win over Civil Service Strollers. They did succumb to a disappointing 1-0 loss to Accrington Stanley before putting up an impressive show against Premier League side Stoke City with a 1-1 draw. The SPL side will begin their league campaign against Motherwell on 1st August.
Date: 10th July 2021
Time: 10.30 PM IST
Venue: Eastern Road, Edinburg
There is no official telecast in India.
Hibernian and Arsenal have never played each other before.
Hibernian Team News:
Injury Report and Unavailability: Head Coach Jack Ross has intimidated that Paul Hanlon, Paul McGinn, and Sean Mckie are unavailable due to injuries.
Expected changes: Former Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey could keep the goal for Hibernian.
Matt Macey (GK)
Injury Report and Unavailability: Bukayo Saka just played the Euro 2020 final at Wembley and will not be part of the squad. Berd Leno, Granit Xhaka and Kieran Tierney are all absent from the club season preparations. Gabriel Margalhes is carrying an earlier injury while Gabriel Martinelli will be travelling to the Tokyo Olympics representing Brazil. Hector Bellerin is tipped for an exit from the club while Lucas Torreira is holidaying after playing for Uruguay in the recently concluded Copa America 2021.
Expected changes: N/A
Runar Alex Runarsson
Emile Smith Rowe
GK: Runar Alex Runarsson
DEF: Callum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Darren McGregor, Josh Doig
MID: Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Boyle
FW: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Kevin Nisbet
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Aubameyang scored 15 goals in the previous season and will be a key marksman for Arteta’s side and is expected to find the net for the Gunners in the season’s first friendly.
Kevin Nisbet: Nisbet net 18 goals in the previous season and has been coming close to scoring in the three games so far and can be a valuable captain.
Emile Smith Rowe: Termed as the next big thing at Arsenal by none other than Arteta himself, Smith Rowe can change the fortune of the Gunners in the midfield.
First to Score: Arsenal have a stronger team on paper when it comes to scoring goals and are expected to get the ball budging first in the game. With Hibernian failing to score against Accrington Stanley, Arsenal pose a bigger defensive challenge.
Clean sheets: Both teams possess quality strikers like Nisbet, Lacazette, Aubameyang, and Murphy among others making the chances of a possible clean-sheet minimal.
While Hibernian have the advantage of continuity in the new season, the sheer class and quality of the Gunners should take Arsenal over the line.
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