Team Predictions: SK Sturm Graz v Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s side arrived for their annual pre-season tour of Austria on Monday night, and began training this morning in preparation for tomorrow’s game against SK Sturm Graz.
The Gunners’ traditionally come to Austria for the most intensive part of their pre-season; with barely any distractions and the sweltering heat and humidity being significant factors, this is where Arsenal’s pre-season training truly begins.
Arsenal welcome back 6 players who were involved in the World Cup. Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby, Carlos Vela, Emmanuel Eboue and Alex Song all return.
World Cup finalists Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie have both been given extra time off to recover following their lengthy involvement at the tournament.
View the full 27-man squad here.
Gooner Talk’s Predicted Starting XI
Sagna – Djourou – Vermaelen – Clichy
Wilshere – Song – Diaby
Walcott – Chamakh – Arshavin
You’ll find the confirmed starting line-up on Gooner Talk when we get it tomorrow evening.
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