Premier League giants Arsenal take on Liga MX titans Chivas at the StubHub Center on July 31 at 9pm EST in a soccer friendly you won’t want to miss. The Gunners showed their class against the MLS All-Stars on July, so watch them continue their preseason preparations live with us!
Arsene Wenger‘s men have been cranking through the gears in preseason, even without most of their top players, who are still on a break following their exertions from the Copa America and Euro 2016 tournaments. But that didn’t stop their depleted squad from overhauling the best the MLS has to offer 2-1 in a game they very rarely look threatened in.
They won’t want to lose this one, so will call upon experienced midfield playmaker Santi Cazorla, as well as first team stars such as Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal. Due to injuries in the centre of their defense, the Gunners will be forced to make some changes though. Without Gabriel, who is missing from tonsillitis, and Per Mertesacker, absent with a knee injury, they will have to add some inexperienced at the back. New signing Rob Holding, 20, and Polish youth international Krystian Bielik, 18, will continue while they recover.
Chivas have already started their season, enjoying a mixed a bag of results with one win and one loss to their name so far. Manager Arsene is approaching this one cautiously. “We are in a very hard training program at the moment. You never know how tired the players are going to be in the game,” he said in a press conference on July 29. “So it was good to see we are in good shape. We had two hard days in the training sessions before we played today so we did well. “At the moment, I do not have too many attacking options. Let’s not forget that there are still a few players at home, and that a few players didn’t play today, like Cazorla. Then of course you have Ozil and Ramsey at home, even Giroud is not here.”
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