Arsenal’s first pre-season game of the year finished in a 3-3 draw against Boreham Wood, and the Gunners now fly to America to start their US pre-season tour.
Unai Emery’s men face Colorado Rapids, who are also owned by Stan Kroenke. This will be the first meeting between the sides and it looks set to be an exciting one.
The Arsenal players will look to get some much-needed game time under their belt before they start the International Champions Cup later in the week. Pre-season is always a chance for the youngsters to make an impression ahead of the regular season and prove that they deserve an opportunity.
Check out 90min’s preview of the game below.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Wednesday, 17 July|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||02:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Dick’s Sporting Goods Park|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Premier Sports|
Arsenal will be without some of their key players during this pre-season fixture. Both Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are likely to miss the majority of Arsenal’s pre-season fixtures as they recover from cruciate ligament and knee injury respectively.
Colorado Rapids will be without defender
|Colorado Rapids||Howard; Vines, Smith, Abubakar, Rosenberry; Wilson, Bassett Lewis, Rubio, Shinyashiki; Kamara.|
|Arsenal||Martinez; Thompson, Sokratis, Chambers, Jenkinson; Willock, Xhaka, Smith-Rowe; Nelson, Martinelli, Mkhitaryan.|
Colorado only have one win in their last five fixtures, this has meant that they sit in 11th in the Western Conference of the MLS just one spot above the bottom. The American side will have to be at their best to get a result against even a weakened Arsenal.
|Portland Timbers 2-2 Colorado Rapids (14/7)||Boreham Wood 3-3 Arsenal (06/7)|
|Colorado Rapids 1-2 New England Revolution (05/7)||Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal (29/5)|
|Colorado Rapids 1-0 Los Angeles (29/6)||Burnley 1-3 Arsenal (12/5)|
|Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 Colorado Rapids (23/6)||Valencia 2-4 Arsenal (9/5)|
|Colorado Rapids 2-2 New Mexico (13/6)||Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Arsenal (05/5)|
Despite it looking likely that Arsenal will give their youngsters a runabout, they should have enough quality to see off a Colorado side that is struggling to string together a set of results.
Prediction: Colorado Rapids 1-3 Arsenal
Source : 90min