Arsenal’s preparations for the return of competitive club football will ramp up in the coming weeks, when the Gunners, along with other European clubs, take part in friendly matches at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They will face Olympique Lyonnais from France in the first of these matches, before taking on AC Milan five days later.
The Gunners are the team to beat in the Premier League so far, leading the way by five points during the World Cup break. Mikel Arteta’s side’s closest rivals are Manchester City after 14 games played, and this month-long mid-season break is expected to give Arsenal the best possible preparation to see out a successful title charge in the remaining 24.
Arsenal’s first game back is against West Ham on Boxing Day, where they will look to increase their healthy lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners have topped the league at Christmas five times before, ultimately failing to win all five. A good start to the restart is exactly what Arteta and his team need to get lucky for the sixth time, and these friendlies could end up playing a big part in preparing them to do just that.
Lyon won’t be easy to beat though, as the French side are no stranger to surprises, particularly over English teams. While this is of course an uncompetitive game, Lyon knocked reigning Premier League champions Manchester City out of the Champions League two seasons ago, and have most of their squad available for this game, with only Nicolas Tagliafico and Karl Toro Ekambi in World. cup duty.
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What time is Arsenal vs. Lyons?
Arsenal play Lyon at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, December 8. The start takes place at 3:30 pm GMT.
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Arsenal vs. Lyon live broadcast, TV channel
This match is not broadcast on any UK TV channels, but is available to stream via the Arsenal club’s website, Arsenal.com. A live stream of the match can be purchased from this website, which is pay-per-view and accessible on the Arsenal app or website.
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Arsenal’s squad saw 10 of their players leave to play in the World Cup in Qatar, the fifth-most of any Premier League club, with half of the Gunners’ contestants still given the chance to play at least once again for each of their respective countries. . The eliminations of Ghana, the USA and Japan mean Thomas Partey, Matt Turner and Takehiro Tomiyasu will return to north London, while Ben White withdrew from the England squad for personal reasons and is back in the capital.
Gabriel Jesus, one of the Gunners’ key men so far this season, unfortunately picked up an injury playing for Brazil and had to return home with an expected rest period of up to three months. This means Arsenal may need to look for alternatives in the upcoming January transfer window, but these friendlies will give attacking players like Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson the chance to intensify the Brazilian’s absence.
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Lineups Arsenal vs. Lyon
Given the situation of the players returning from the World Cup and that it is a mid-season friendly, predicting the teams for this one is not easy. However, The Sporting News discusses how both managers could align themselves with the players at their disposal, and Lyon’s squad is likely to include former Arsenal leader Alexandre Lacazette.
Lyon predicted lineup (4-1-2-1-2, right to left): 1. Anthony Lopes — 27. Malo Gusto, 17. Jerome Boateng, 4. Castello Lukeba, 12. Henrique — 23. Thiago Mendes — 6. Maxence Caqueret, 24. Johann Lepenant — 8. Houssem Aouar — 9. Moussa Dembele, 10 .Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal expected line-up (4-2-3-1, right to left): 31. Karl Hein — 17. Cedric Soares, 6. Gabriel Magalhaes, 16. Rob Holding, 3. Kieran Tierney — 25. Mohamed Elneny, 23. Albert Sambi Lokonga — 24. Reiss Nelson, 21. Fabio Vieira, 10. Emile Smith Rowe—14. Eddie Nketiah.