Arsenal to Play Friendly Match Today


Arsenal have arranged a friendly match to be played today, Thursday, as part of preparations for the Europa League final.

A 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia earned the Gunners a ticket to the last point of the competition which if they win will give them an automatic qualification to next season's Champions League.  They were unable to make it there through a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The behind closed doors game became necessary due to the lengthy break between the last league game of the season with Burnley and May 29 which is the date for the final in Baku.

Staying that long without playing will cause match rustiness and this is why Unai Emery deemed it fit to invite LASK Linz for a friendly at the clubs training ground, London Colney.

Linz are a team who currently sit in second position in the Austrian Bundesliga  with twelve points behind leaders Red Bull

There are no pressing injury concerns for Arsenal ahead of the trip to Azerbaijan to face Chelsea, and hopefully, none will be recorded in today's encounter.

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