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Boreham Wood v Arsenal: the Arsenal players and the TV coverage

By Bulldog Drummond

A little confusion is happening in the Bulldog household owing to conflicting information.

In terms of watching the match against Boreham Wood on TV today, on Arsenal.com there is only one method signified: by signing up with Premier Sports, who are said to have exclusive coverage of every Arsenal pre-season game.

It’s not that expensive to get a monthly ticket, as long as you remember to cancel it by phone before the month is over.  Otherwise, if it is like last season, you will find it rolls on and on, on your credit card.

And that “exclusive” coverage is rather frustrating in itself since it suggests, through the dictionary definition of the word, that the game is not available to members on Arsenal’s web site.

However those well known purveyors of the truth, the Sun newspaper, has this announcement:

How can I live stream it?

YOU can watch this match using Arsenal’s official stream.

To access it, make a free account on the club’s website and open the player.

Unfortunately there is no major channel showing the clash.

Now of course the newspapers are never unbiased when it comes to dealing with matters of broadcasters, so we might take this as a dig at Premier Sports by the Sun.

As for the kick off time there is a mention of 2.55 as the kick off today – which seems a bit odd, but it might be worth turning on the TV a little earlier than you might otherwise do – unless of course you are at the game.  I suspect it means that Arsenal TV might start at 2.55 and the game kicks off at 3pm.

But there is a further problem with much of the rest of Arsenal’s pre-season tour and that is that most of it this pre-season happens in the early hours of the morning.  There’s a list of kick off times below.

As for the team for today’s game, it looks like being a little different from what we have seen in the past, which is a run out for much of the first team, for about half a match, with various up and coming players getting a chance to play alongside the older hands.

This time it appears this is going to be a match for the under 23s and some under 18s.   Which is interesting enough in itself, but still, not the same as normal.

If you are interested in looking back to older times there is an edited highlights film of the 2017 game on line

And here is last year’s bit of fun

There is no clear news concerning the Arsenal team, but there has been talk of Xavier Amaechi, Folarin Balogun, Tyreece John-Jules. and Sam Greenwood

Defender Zech Medley has been mentioned and Arthur Okonkwo may well play in goal – at least for part of the game.

Here is the full list of players that Arsenal.com have nominated

  • Arthur Okonkwo
    Karl Hein
    Dominic Thompson
    Zech Medley
    Mark McGuiness
    Zak Swanson
    Harrison Clarke
    Joseph Olowu
    Mazeed Ogungbo
    Matthew Smith
    Sam Greenwood
    Ben Cottrell
    Nathan Tormey
    Xavier Amaechi
    Flo Balogun
    Tyreece John-Jules
    James Olayinka
    Trae Coyle
    Robbie Burton
    Matthew Dennis

So it appears that Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are not in the squad.  First team training begins on Friday.

Here are the rest of the fixtures:

July 16: Colorado Rapids v Arsenal 2pm
July 18: Arsenal v Bayern Munich
July 20: Arsenal v Fiorentina  11:00pm
July 24: Real Madrid v Arsenal – listed as 12:00am which could be midnight or midday.
July 28: Arsenal Women v Bayern Munich Women.   12:25pm
July 28: Arsenal v Lyon  3:10pm
July 31: Angers v Arsenal 7:25pm

Changed dates

Meanwhile we have the usual changes to times for games, all undertaken without any thought for supporters who have to get to the games.

Arsenal v Burnley: Saturday, August 17; 12.30pm (originally 3pm)

Liverpool v Arsenal: Saturday, August 24, 5.30pm (originally 3pm)

Arsenal v Tottenham; Sunday, September 1 (originally Saturday, August 31).  4.30pm

Watford v Arsenal, Sunday, September 15 (originally Saturday, September 14)  Kick off: 4.30pm

Arsenal v Aston Villa, Sunday, September 22 (originally Saturday, September 21) Kick off: 4.30pm

Manchester United v Arsenal Monday, September 30 (originally Saturday, September 28)
Kick off: 8pm

As ever, matches following a Europa League game have been moved from Saturday to Sunday.  Indeed quite why that change wasn’t made when the fixtures were first announced is completely beyond me.  Could it be incompetence.  Or a lack of caring about supporters?   One thing is certain – no one is going to tell us.

One other snippet: we’ve changed the home page of Untold Arsenal for the new season, by listing some of our major campaigns.  Hope you find it interesting.

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