Friday, September 29, 2023

Arsenal vs Monaco LIVE: Gunners look to win Emirates Cup in final pre-season game – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Arsenal will conclude a successful pre-season by looking to retain the Emirates Cup against French side Monaco this week.

The Gunners are back on home turf after their tours of Germany and America ahead of the Community Shield against Manchester City this Sunday.

Mikel Arteta’s side have two wins, a draw, and a defeat from their four friendlies so far this summer.

Arsenal will be buoyed by beating Barcelona 5-3 last time out as they return to north London to face Monaco – just four days before they play City in the 2023/24 season curtain-raiser.

The two sides are synonymous with Arsene Wenger and will meet for the 12th edition of the Emirates Cup, with Arsenal looking to claim their seventh title after thrashing Sevilla 6-0 last summer.

Arsenal vs Monaco: How to follow

The Emirates Cup showdown will take place on Wednesday, August 2.

Kick-off at the Emirates Stadium is scheduled for 6pm.

Fans can live stream all the action on or the Arsenal App for just £4.99 with an early bird pass – It will be £6.99 on match day.

talkSPORT will have updates and will also be running a live blog of Arsenal’s latest pre-season fixture as well.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker, and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Trossard was Man of the Match against Barcelona

Arsenal vs Monaco: Team news

The Gunners are struggling with several injuries, but record signing Declan Rice is set to recover from a knock that kept him out of the win over Barcelona.

Folarin Balogun and Oleksandr Zinchenko both face late fitness tests, however, while Reiss Nelson and Albert Sambi Lokonga are longer absentees.

Mohammed Elneny remains out after undergoing knee surgery earlier this year, while Nuno Tavares, Nicolas Pepe, and Cedric Soares are unlikely to play any part.

The trio are surplus to requirements and are free to leave.

Monaco is expected to be without Axel Diasi as he closes in on a £38.5 million switch to Chelsea.

The Ligue 1 side is also set to be without Breel Embolo as he continues to struggle with injury.

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What has been said?

Arsenal sporting Director Edu said: “The Emirates Cup is always such an important part of our pre-season preparations and we thank our partners Emirates for their continued fantastic support.

“Once again this year, we are welcoming strong opposition to play us in an exciting match in front of our supporters.

“AS Monaco is a team with many good players and will provide us with a very competitive challenge ahead of the new season.

“We are all really pleased with how our pre-season schedule is shaping up, with the aim of giving Mikel, the players, and all our staff the best possible preparation as we lead into the start of the season.”

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It’s time for the Emirates Cup, as Arsenal take on Monaco in their final pre-season game! The Gunners are aiming for a win in this fixture held at Emirates Stadium, hoping to finish off their preparations for the new season. Kick-off is at 3pm BST on Sunday, 2nd August.

Leading up to kick-off, Arsenal fans will be encouraged by the team’s form in the previous pre-season matches. Coach Unai Emery has won four of the seven matches he has taken charge of. Against Atalanta they had their biggest victory with a 5-1 scoreline. It has been a positive start for the Spaniard who is set to take the helm in the fight for a top four finish in the Premier League.

On the other hand, Monaco have had a less inspiring pre-season, with two wins, one draw, and four losses so far. The team is now in rebuild mode after their loss of star players over the summer, including the likes of Fabinho and Thomas Lemar.

Team-wise we can expect quite a few changes from both sides and several younger players taking their place in the line-up. For Arsenal, Mesut Ozil looks to be the only star player featuring in what could be an interesting clash.

Unai Emery will certainly be pleased with his players’ performances so far and the chemistry they have developed in the time spent together. However, Wenger will be determined to get the win against Monaco in this final pre-season game.

Sunday’s match is a great opportunity for Arsenal fans to watch the Gunners in action ahead of their Premier League opener. Fortunately, there are several ways to follow the match. Fans can tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live for commentary, or watch it on the 5 Live Sports Extra. Additionally, there are plenty of live streaming options through various betting websites and apps.

We are certain to see an entertaining match, as Arsenal battle Monaco for the Emirates Cup. Make sure to follow the game and get ready for another season of Arsenal football.

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