Arsenal are ahead of everyone else in the Premier League standings, as they sit first, by five points during the World Cup break. The Gunners are also ahead of their rivals in a second way, having already played a match this de facto second preseason/offseason.
It was a behind-closed-doors affair with Watford which saw Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny all get a starting assignment.
Dubai Super Cup: Arsenal vs Lyon FYIs
Kickoff: 3.30pm GMT Thursday December 8, Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, UAE
Arsenal Team News: go here
Series History: Arsenal win 1 Draw 1 Lyon win 0
After halftime, manager Mikel Arteta mixed in a side of academy players, at the end result was a 4-2 defeat. Now comes a warm weather affair against Lyon, and more importantly, a crucial training camp in Dubai.
Thursday sees the Gunners facing the French side in the first of three friendlies for what is known as the Dubai Super Cup. Let’s look at what kind of team Arteta might field in this one.
We think the aforementioned quartet of senior team players will be back in the side. Along with a cadre of other players that you already know (and love?).
Anyway, we don’t think Arteta will have to dip too far down into the youth ranks for the Lyon clash.
Arsenal Starting XI Prediction vs Lyon (Dubai Super Cup)
Hein; Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Elneny, Lokonga, Odegaard; Nelson, Nketiah, Marquinhos.
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