We saw a fairly mixed team take on a Singapore XI in our first pre-season clash, but should see something closer to our actual starting side when we take on Everton this Saturday in the Barclays Asia trophy.
New signing Petr Cech should finally get his debut, and a number of established first team stars are likely to get a run out.
Here is how we think Arsenal will line up to face Everton in the final of the Barclays Asia trophy:
GK) Petr Cech
Many expected the Czech international to get his debut against Sinagpore select XI, but we were left disappointed. He is almost certain to make his first Arsenal start against Everton though, and we should finally get to see the ex-Chelsea man in action.
RB) Hector Bellerin
The Spaniard replaced Mathieu Debuchy late on in the last game, and was an instant improvement. He deserves to keep his place in the starting XI at the start of the season, and this game could be a chance for him to prove it.
LB) Kieran Gibbs
Nacho Monreal was superb last season and deservedly displaced Gibbs. Following the Spaniard’s involvement against Singapore XI however, the Englishman should come in against Everton.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
Koscielny is unquestionably our best centreal defender, and should get his chance to shine in the Asia trophy final this Saturday.
CB) Calum Chambers
The former Southampton man failed to impress at right-back last season, but in the few glimpses we got of him as a centre-back he looked solid. Pre-season should be a good opportunity for him to show that he belongs in a central position permanently, with competition ahead of him stiff.