Confirmed Arsenal team news ahead of Barcelona friendly

Arsenal will face Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday, which comes a few days after they completed a world-class signing for Nicolas Pepe from Lille.

The Gunners completed the transfer deal for the Ivory Coast international on Thursday after they reached a £72 million agreement with the French side.

However, we don’t expect the winger to play against the Catalans on Sunday as the Gunners would prefer to get him prepared ahead of the new season when they will face Newcastle in their opening match in the EPL.

Moreover, the Gunners have other attacking options, we expect Alexandre Lacazette to play after he was spotted during training at the London Colney on Thursday.

The duo of Mohamed Elneny and Lucas Torreira are also back to the club after they played for their countries in international competitions during the holiday.

Arsenal are expected to start their newest midfielder, Dani Ceballos, whom they signed on loan from Real Madrid, against Barcelona this weekend.

It is unsure if Arsenal will start Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac after they survived a car-jacking attempt last week.

Arsenal are yet to sign new defenders, so, for now, we should expect the regular faces at the back.

The likes of Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Chambers, and Monreal are available options at the back.


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