After wins over the Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, the Gunners go up against Los Blancos in their biggest pre-season test to date
Arsenal meet Real Madrid in an International Champions Cup clash at Maryland’s FedExField on Tuesday.
Unai Emery’s side, who missed out on a place in this season’s Champions League, have bounced back with a strong pre-season showing, having shrugged off the challenges of the Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina.
The Emirates Stadium outfit, though, face potentially their sternest test to date as they tackle a Real Madrid outfit in a rebuilding phase.
|Game||Real Madrid vs Arsenal|
|Date||Tuesday, July 23|
|Time||11:00pm BST / 6:00pm ET|
In the US, the match will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. It can be streamed via ESPN+.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|ESPN / ESPN Deportes||ESPN+|
In the UK, the match will be shown on Premier Sports 1 and available to stream on Premier Sports HD.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Premier Sports 1||Premier Sports HD|
|Position||Real Madrid squad|
|Goalkeepers||Courtois, Navas, Lunin, Altube|
|Defenders||Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Mendy, De la Fuente, Javi Hernandez|
|Midfielders||Kroos, Modric, Isco, Seoane, Fidalgo|
|Forwards||Mariano, Benzema, Bale, Lucas V., Asensio, Brahim, Vinicius Jr., Hazard, Jovic, Rodrygo, Kubo|
Real Madrid have no fresh injury problems, though after a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the weekend, Zinedine Zidane has made five changes to his side.
Luka Jovic comes into the team for his first Madrid start, while Eden Hazard starts for the second straight game.
Jesus Vallejo, Fede Valverde and Borja Mayoral are all back training, while Arsenal-target Dani Ceballos has been training with the reserve team.
Brahim Diaz is out with hamstring trouble while Casemiro remains on holiday.
Real Madrid XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Vazquez; Hazard, Benzema, Jovic
|Goalkeepers||Leno, Martinez, Macey|
|Defenders||Bellerin, Jenkinson, Chambers, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavropanos, Medley, Monreal, Kolasinac, Thompson, Maitland-Niles|
|Midfielders||Xhaka, Burton, Olayinka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Nelson, Smith Rowe|
|Forwards||Martinelli, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, John-Jules|
Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding remain long-term concerns for Arsenal, who have named a strong team to face Real Madrid.
Emery suggested before the game that he will align a team similar to the one he will use on the opening day of the Premier League season against Newcastle.
Arsenal XI: Martinez; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Willock, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette
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There has been much cause for optimism so far this summer for Arsenal, who have witnessed their side win three matches from three, playing with the kind of vigour one would expect of a youthful side.
On Saturday, they swept Fiorentina away with a clinical 3-0 success, which was spearheaded by youngster Eddie Nketiah, who scored twice. The win was sealed by Joe Willock.
Off the back of wins over the Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich – a match in which Nketiah scored a last-gasp winner – Unai Emery has much cause for optimism.
“His progress is impressive, we want progress with every player,” head coach Emery said of the 20-year-old academy graduate. “He has a very good attitude and he needs experience, minutes and confidence. The young energy is very important.”
While this match is set to be used by the coach as something of a dress rehearsal for competitive action.
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Looking forward to the fixture, Emery said: “At the beginning I want to take more minutes with the players thinking about our progress for the first match against Newcastle.
“But also, we are going to use some young players at the beginning or during the match to continue trying with this difficult capacity against Real Madrid.”
The Gunners find Real Madrid in a state of transition. Los Blancos played poorly in their opening friendly of the summer as they were easily defeated 3-1 by Bayern Munich, while the sideshow over Gareth Bale’s future has provided an unwelcome distraction to the work they are doing in the USA.
“I haven’t shown a lack of respect towards anyone,” Zidane, who has returned to duties after a period off on personal leave, said on the eve of this encounter as speculation over the Welshman’s future continues to build.
With a match against Atletico Madrid to follow on Friday, the Frenchman will want to turn around the momentum of the club, but with more than three weeks before the serious competition begins, he still has plenty of time to iron out the numerous problems that he faces.