MLS All-Stars to Face Arsenal in Live Friendly Match: Team News, Lineups, TV Broadcast, and Today's Prediction.
Arsenal face MLS All-Stars in pre-season friendly with new signings potentially debuting.
Arsenal are set to kick off their pre-season tour of the United States with a highly anticipated friendly match against the MLS All-Stars in Washington DC tonight. The Gunners could see the debut of their record signing, Declan Rice, who recently joined the team in a blockbuster £105 million move from West Ham. Alongside Rice, new signings Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber may also make an appearance at Audi Field.
Although results are not the main focus during this stage of the summer, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will undoubtedly be eager to see his new recruits make an immediate impact, especially with a challenging season ahead. The MLS All-Stars, led by DC United boss Wayne Rooney, will present a formidable challenge with players like Christian Benteke and former Chelsea defender Matt Miazga, who are familiar faces to Premier League fans. Many of the All-Stars' players are already midway through their domestic season, providing Arsenal with a true test of their abilities.
Fans can follow all the action live through Standard Sport's dedicated match blog below.
In terms of team selection, Arteta has reassured fans that Declan Rice is not injured, despite being seen training separately from the group earlier this week. The Arsenal manager explained that they simply wanted to manage Rice's workload, considering the hectic schedule he has had in the past few days. Although Rice has had limited training prior to joining Arsenal, he has performed well in the sessions he has participated in.
In addition to Rice and Timber, Arteta may also give Kai Havertz his first start, after bringing him off the bench in the draw against Nurnberg last week. It would not be surprising to see Arteta field a strong lineup against the All-Stars, and he will be closely monitoring the fitness of Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of the game.
For viewers in the UK, the match will be televised live on Apple TV through their MLS Season Pass service.
Welcome to Standard Sport's live coverage of the MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal! The Gunners have already begun their pre-season preparations with a draw against Nurnberg and are now continuing their training in the USA for the upcoming season. Wayne Rooney will be leading the All-Stars side, promising an exciting match for fans. Stay tuned for the latest build-up and team news before kick-off at 1.30am BST from Audi Field in Washington.