Arsenal complete their pre-season preparations with a trip to face Barcelona in the 2019 edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy fixture today. The Gunners followed up their disappointing Emirates Cup loss to Lyon on home soil last weekend with a trip to western France, where they drew 1-1 with Angers SCO courtesy of Reiss Nelson’s effort before Emiliano Martinez denied former Gunner Jeff Reine-Adelaide to ensure a 4-3 penalty shootout victory.
== MATCH INFO ==
International – Club Friendlies
Team : Barcelona vs Arsenal
Date : Sunday, 4 August
Start Time : 2:00 Pm Et
Arsenal fans will be hoping for a first glimpse of record signing Nicolas Pepe following his £72m arrival from Lille this week.
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Barcelona and Arsenal will meet on Sunday in a pre-season friendly, as both teams prepare themselves for the 2019/20 season.
The game represents Arsenal’s final match before they travel to Newcastle on August 11 for their opening Premier League campaign. Barcelona have an extra five days until they begin the defence of their La Liga title against Athletic Bilbao.
Ahead of the high-profile friendly, here is 90min’s preview for this weekend’s clash.
Lionel Messi will miss out again for Barcelona after featuring in the Copa America for Argentina. However, Luis Suarez has returned to training following his exploits with Uruguay, and is back in contention to play some part in the game.
Frenkie de Jong could get his first start for the club, having been left on the bench for the side’s first two pre-season matches.
Arsenal fans will be waiting to see if club-record signing Nicolas Pepe will appear following confirmation of his arrival on Thursday, but the winger is more likely to start from the bench on Sunday. Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have missed Arsenal’s last two games due to narrowly escaping a car-jacking incident last week, but they could return to the side here.