Arsenal is going to play against Austrian club Sturm Graz in
Arsenal got an easy 4-0 victory over Barnet in their first pre-season friendly match last Saturday. The good news for the Gunners is that some of their fringe players like Jay Simpson were impressive. The former England U-17 and U-18 international, Simpson, scored two goals following Andrey Arshavin’s second-minute opener. Another starlet Samir Nasri completed Arsenal’s scoring in the second half.
Wenger used 22 players in the match as he featured a new eleven in the second half. He also gave playing time to his two new signings Laurent Koscielny and Marouane Chamakh.
So, it is pretty much clear that Wenger wants to ensure the best preparation for his squad members. He would most probably follow the same thing against Sturm Graz too. Young impressive players like Jay Simpson could be featured in the starting line up against the Austrian outfit, while players like Koscielny and Chamakh would get their fair share of playing time to adapt to the Arsenal style.
Overall, Arsenal’s focus would largely be on getting the best preparation. However, that does not mean that winning the affair would not be an objective for the Gunners. In fact, the
In any other competition, Sturm Graz could have been a clear underdog, but as it is a friendly showdown anything can happen. The home side could put on some inspirational performance knowing that they are playing against one of the top three English clubs.