Arsenal vs. Monaco: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 3, 2014

Fans try to catch a ball that was kicked into the stands during the first half of an international friendly soccer game between the New York Red Bulls and Arsenal, Saturday, June 26, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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Arsenal's chances of winning a fourth Emirates Cup in seven editions will rest on their result against Sunday's opponents Monaco, who bring a known threat to north London.

Arsene Wenger will be fully aware of the damage his former club are capable of, although their prospects have come a long way since the seven-year stint he once held as their manager.

The Gunners' pre-season preparations come to a much-anticipated head this weekend, and our last indications of how the north Londoners might fare this season will be tested against some elite opposition.


Date: Sunday, August 3

Time: 4:20 p.m. BST/11:20 a.m. ET

Live Stream: Arsenal Player (subscription required), BT Sport Watch (UK, subscription required), beIN Sports Play (U.S., subscription required)

TV Info: BT Sport 1 (UK), beIN Sports 3 (U.S.)


Key Players to Watch

Arsenal: Mikel Arteta

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Mikel Arteta of Arsenal in action during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Much of this summer's transfer speculation at the Emirates Stadium has revolved around who might stand as successor to midfield anchor Mikel Arteta, but the Spaniard is still very much alive and kicking.

John Cross of the Mirror recently argued that while new faces are required in the Arsenal squad, the veteran midfielder still remains key to their campaign:

Meanwhile, point out more relevant statistics alluding to the Spaniard's Premier League influence in recent seasons:

This summer has already seen Arteta line up in more advanced positions against weaker opponents, but Monaco's upgrade in strength should see him return to his more anchored hub in the middle of the park.

His presence will be pivotal if the likes of Joao Moutinho, Lucas Ocampos and Jeremy Toulalan are to be restricted as they probe the lines in between midfield and attack.


Monaco: Radamel Falcao

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - MAY 31: Radamel Falcao of Colombia looks on before the International Friendly Match between Colombia and Senegal at Pedro Bidegain Stadium on May 31, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)
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After missing out on the World Cup this summer, Radamel Falcao has endured a hard time on the sidelines since January, but the Emirates Stadium could get an added bonus in seeing the Colombian on Sunday.

Ligue 1 specialist Robin Bairner confirmed last week that Falcao could make his return in the pre-season tournament:

Should the striker miss out, ex-Tottenham forward Dimitar Berbatov could still be something of an anticipated return for those in the north London audience, but Falcao will be more of a treat to watch entirely.

Those suitors around Europe hoping to perhaps lure Falcao to their own shores will also be watching with a keen eye to see if the player is still that same power who suffered a crippling anterior cruciate ligament six months ago. 


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