Arsenal will continue their preparations for the new season with their traditional participation in the Emirates Cup, in which they meet Lyon on Sunday.
The competition has been restructured to a one-day format at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners set to face the Ligue 1 side in the final. The day's other encounter will see Arsenal Women take on Bayern Munich Women.
Arsenal have shown signs of promise in pre-season, recording wins against Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina. With the new Premier League campaign on the horizon, manager Unai Emery will want to give the team's supporters something to get excited about.
Emirates Cup Schedule (BST)
12:30 p.m.: Arsenal Women vs. Bayern Munich Women
3:15 p.m.: Arsenal vs. Lyon
TV Info: Premier Sports 1 (UK), ESPN 3 (U.S.)
Odds according to Oddschecker.
Although some Arsenal supporters were frustrated by the lack of transfer activity earlier this summer, this pre-season is taking shape nicely for the Gunners.
In a lot of the fixtures, young players have showcased their talents and performed well against some high-class opposition. In a summer wherein Arsenal aren't expected to spend huge amounts of money, Emery will be looking to some of those tyros to make their marks.
One of the shining lights of pre-season has been Eddie Nketiah. Squawka Football summed up the impression he has made with his productivity:
However, all eyes will be on the club's new loan signing on Sunday, Dani Ceballos. His arrival from Real Madrid was announced on Thursday.
The club's Twitter account revealed the midfielder will be in attendance for the match against Lyon:
Following Aaron Ramsey's departure to Juventus, Arsenal's squad looks set to lack a box-to-box operator in the central positions. Ceballos has the potential to provide that kind of thrust.
The Spaniard hasn't been able to establish himself at the Santiago Bernabeu following a transfer to Madrid in 2017. However, during his time at Real Betis and with the Spanish youth setup, he's offered evidence of elite potential.
Sky Sports Premier League shared some of the 22-year-old's best moments for La Roja:
Sky Sports Premier League @SkySportsPL
Coming 🔜 to @Arsenal...🔴👀 Here's a look at some of Dani Ceballos' best moments in a Spain shirt following confirmation that the Real Madrid midfielder will spend the season on loan at the Emirates! Full story as Arsenal seal the deal: https://t.co/EexyK6dWDM https://t.co/Fdm8fihQ2e
In addition to being inventive and intelligent in his use of the ball, Scouted Football noted the Gunners are getting a tenacious footballer:
As for Lyon, they have lost a number of key players this summer, with Nabil Fekir joining Real Betis, Tanguy Ndombele heading to Tottenham Hotspur and Ferland Mendy signing for Real Madrid.
The French side have been busy bolstering their defensive options in the transfer window, bringing in combative midfielder Thiago Mendes and talented centre-back Joachim Andersen. Even so, for manager Sylvinho, there's a huge job to do.
With that in mind, not to mention the vibrancy with which Arsenal have operated in pre-season, the Gunners should be too strong for their opponents on Sunday.