After two successful performances already on the preseason tour, Arsenal will look to keep up the momentum against Nagoya Grampus.
In matches against the Indonesia Dream Team and Vietnam, Arsenal have won by a combined total of 14-1. They will now face Nagoya Grampus, a Japanese squad that was managed by Arsene Wenger in the mid-1990s.
Nagoya Grampus have been in contention for a J-League title almost every year recently and will be a much tougher challenge than Arsenal's previous matches. Additionally, the club will have more cohesion than any all-star team.
The Premier League club has to be prepared for a tough fight in this one. Make sure you catch every second of the match by using this guide.
When: Monday, July 22
Time: 11:30 a.m. BST
Where: Toyota Stadium, Nagoya, Japan
Watch: ESPN (U.K. Only)
Live Stream: Replay available at 1:30 p.m. BST on Arsenal Player
What They're Saying
While these matches on the Asian tour are usually just tune-ups, there will be more emotion with this one. Wenger managed Nagoya Grampus from 1995 to 1996 and helped the squad win the Emperor's Cup.
When asked about his return, the manager said, via Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail:
It was a very positive experience in my life and therefore I have always felt I had to come back to Nagoya one day. There's no better way to come back than to come back with Arsenal who are another love of my life. Hopefully we will have a positive experience on Monday night. I'm sure we will.
The actual result of the match does not mean much, but it will be a nice moment when Wenger enters the stadium for the first time.
Arsenal Player to Watch: Jack Wilshere
At 21 years old, Jack Wilshere is considered one of the bright young stars in English football. Last year, the midfielder had 20 starts, although he only had three assists and no goals.
By the end of the year, he was being used almost exclusively as a sub.
However, he is looking for a big preseason after missing the tours in each of the past two years, as Rob Kelly of Arsenal.com discusses. He not only needs to improve his fitness going into the year, but he also must prove himself as a legitimate threat to take the next step in his career.
While players like Olivier Giroud might have more success in these early matches, it will be more important to watch Wilshere going forward to see how he performs.
Nagoya Grampus Player to Watch: Seigo Narazaki
After seeing Arsenal score seven goals in each of the last two matches, goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki must be ready to go from the second he steps on the pitch.
Fortunately for him, few players in this contest have more experience playing on a big stage.
The 37-year-old veteran was the goalkeeper for the Japan national team for four World Cups and likely could have made the roster for a fifth in 2014 if he wanted. While he has lost a step over the past few years, he still knows what it takes to play the position at a high level.
Narazaki's presence will give the club confidence in this tough matchup.
Prediction: Arsenal 3, Nagoya Grampus 1
After facing two weak opponents to start the preseason, Arsenal will have a much tougher time getting the ball into the back of the net in this one. It will require better passing in the final third and strong finishes when there is an opportunity.
As good as the squad has played to this point, it is hard to imagine another seven-goal showing for Arsenal.
Still, the Premier League club has the superior talent in this contest and should be able to play its way to another victory.
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