By Sir Hardly Anyone
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The game will kick off at 6pm UK time, (or to put it another way 1800 BST) and all 90 minutes plus an hour-long build-up show can be viewed by purchasing a Match Pass from Arsenal which was originally £4.99 – but if you don’t already have one the price has gone up to £6.99. Cheeky blighters!
There is also a Pre-Season Pass for £15.99 which gives access to all the pre-season games.
Now it has to be said that this is not the fiercest of opposition so we are not going to see Arsenal’s first team. And just to give a clue as to how today’s opposition did last season here is the full 2. Bundesliga table for last season
|2||SV Darmstadt 98||34||11||5||1||27||13||9||2||6||23||20||+17||67|
|6||SC Paderborn 07||34||12||0||5||46||20||4||7||6||22||24||+24||55|
So at home it was seven wins and six defeats, 18 goals scored and 17 conceded. The bottom three teams were relegated. Nurnberg missed by five points.
Nurnberg’s last ten games of the last season saw them pick up just two wins, five draws and three defeats.
So obviously this is not a game against a top German club and we can expect few if any of Arsenal’s international stars to be playing.
Last season the same game was played and Arsenal won 3-5 but not until Nurmberg had gone into a two goal lead which they held at half time. But after halftime Arsenal scored three quick goals and were 3-2 up after 57 minutes, adding another on 63 minutes, and with two more in the last 20 minutes. The Arsenal line up was
Bellerin, Walters, Mari, Tierney;
Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Smith Rowe;
Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson
Nurmberg have already played three games this pre-season in which they have won two and drawn one.
According to the Standard, this time Kai Havertz might make an appearance but neither Declan Rice nor Jurrien Timber seem to have signed yet. Gabriel Martinelli, Mohamed Elneny, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba have all traveled with the Arsenal team but it may well be too early for any of them to be part of a game and risk an injury.
As far as we know the complete squad in Germany includes
Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, Alex Runarsson, Karl Hein.
Defenders: Cedric, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney, Oleksandr Zinchenko, William Saliba, Rob Holding, Reuell Walters, Auston Trusty, Gabriel, Jakub Kiwior.
Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Jorginho, Fabio Vieira, Mohamed Elneny, Martin Odegaard, Myles Lewis-Skelly, Ethan Nwaneri, Reiss Nelson, Leandro Trossard, Marquinhos.
Forwards: Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Kai Havertz, Eddie Nketiah, Folarin Balogun
90 Min predicts a 4-0 win for Arsenal but are rather coy about selecting a team. But that is indeed quite reasonable since none of us really know how prepared for the game any of the players are.
Sports Mole however do go further and offer up a possible team… Maybe this is a guess, or maybe they have someone “at the airport” spotting such things.
White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney;
Odegaard, Jorginho, Havertz;
Saka, Jesus, Trossard
which would certainly be a pretty strong team to put out against a lower-league German team. If that is anything like the team I would expect a completely different team in the second half.
Sports Keeda give us a prediction of Nurnberg 1 Arsenal 4 but are singularly coy on the issue of the possible line-up.
As for the grand shock news of the day well that honour also has to go to Sports Keeda who tell us that “Arsenal leaked an image of Jurrien Timber in the home kit on the club’s website. The Gunners uploaded Timber’s banner accidentally.”
So now we know.
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