In the world of soccer, the anticipation is building as Arsenal and Manchester United prepare to face off in a preseason friendly at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, USA. The match, scheduled for Saturday, July 22, is a key part of both teams’ USA preseason tour and signals the next phase of preparation for the 2023/24 campaign.
Both teams have had a promising start to their summer schedule. Manchester United has already secured victories over Leeds United and Lyon, while Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal delivered a resounding 5-0 victory over an MLS All Star team on July 20.
The match will also provide fans with a first look at some of the teams’ new signings in action. Arsenal’s squad has been bolstered by the arrivals of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber, all of whom are set to start in the upcoming match. On the other hand, Manchester United’s new No.1, Andre Onana, will need more time before he joins the squad.
The starting lineups for both teams have been announced. Arsenal’s starting 11 includes Aaron Ramsdale as goalkeeper, with Jurrien Timber, William Saliba, Gabriel, and Takehiro Tomiyasu forming the defense. The midfield will be manned by Martin Odegaard, Declan Rice, and Kai Havertz, while Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, and Gabriel Martinelli will lead the attack.
Manchester United’s starting lineup features Tom Heaton as goalkeeper, with a defense comprising Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, and Luke Shaw. The midfield will see Mason Mount, Kobbie Mainoo, and Bruno Fernandes, while Antony, Jadon Sancho, and Alejandro Garnacho will form the attacking trio.
The match promises to be an exciting encounter as both teams look to fine-tune their strategies and player combinations ahead of the new season. With both managers aiming for a strong start to the 2023/24 campaign, this preseason friendly is more than just a game – it’s a glimpse into the future of both clubs.