Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will get another chance to impress as Arsenal take on Benfica in the Emirates Cup.

There is also a first start at the Emirates Stadium for Sead Kolasinac since his summer move from Schalke.

Alexandre Lacazette starts on the bench but should get a first taste of the Emirates stadium today.

There is no Petr Cech in the match day squad. David Ospina starts with Emiliano Martinez on the bench.

The squad today shows Arsenal’s strength in depth. Even with no Alexis Sanchez the bench is very, very strong. You could make a team of those players and it would not look out of place in the Champions League.

We are just two weeks from the start of the Premier League season and these players will really be staking their claim for a place in the starting line up for the opening match with Leicester.



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