WORLD: Club Friendly
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Easter Road
The Gunners are working towards their Premier League opener against Brentford on August 13, while Hibernian, who have already played three times during pre-season, will be in Europa Conference League action on July 21.
Hibernian, as mentioned, have already played three pre-season friendlies this summer, opening their preparations for next term with a 5-3 success over Civil Service Strollers on July 2.
The Scottish outfit then suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley on July 6 but will enter this contest off the back of an encouraging 1-1 draw with Championship side Stoke City on Friday.
Head coach Jack Ross has been “delighted” with that he has seen from his players physically during pre-season, and Hibs now have two more friendlies against Arsenal and Raith Rovers before taking on either Mons Calpe or Santa Coloma in the Europa Conference League on July 21 and July 28 respectively.
Hibernian will open their 2021-22 Scottish Premiership campaign against Motherwell on August 1, meanwhile, which is an indication of the importance of the next two friendlies on July 13 and July 16 respectively.
Last season proved to be a strong campaign for the club, as they finished third in the Scottish Premiership, in addition to making the final of the Scottish Cup and semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will be returning to action for the first time since ending their 2020-21 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on May 23.
The Gunners won their final five league matches of last season to finish in eighth position, but they will not play European football next season, with Tottenham Hotspur claiming the spot in the Europa Conference League.
Mikel Arteta‘s side have already confirmed the arrival of Nuno Tavares and are allegedly close to completing a deal for Albert Sambi Lokonga, with the club expected to be busy during this summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal – building towards their Premier League opener away to Brentford on August 13 – will take on Hibernian and Rangers in their next two friendlies before taking part in the Florida Cup later this month.
Arteta’s team will then face Chelsea and Tottenham in back-to-back friendlies ahead of the trip to Brentford, and it will be fascinating to see what XI lines up for the team’s league opener in just over a month.
The same XI that featured against Stoke could again take to the field for the first whistle, with former Arsenal youngster Matt Macey lining up between the sticks for the Scottish club.
Lucas Torreira is on holiday following his involvement for Uruguay at the Copa America, but the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe should all play a part.
- Hibernian’s form in last 5 matches: DWLDW.
- Arsenal’s form in last 5 matches: WWWWD.