BEIJING, China (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal are set to unleashed some of the club’s superstars in the preseason friendly clash with fellow Barclays Premier League side Manchester City on Friday.

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The game, which is part of the pre-season tour of Asia, will be played at the Beijing National Stadium and both set of players will be using the match as part of their fitness preparations for the new season.

One player, especially looking forward to getting back on playing terms is lanky midfielder Abou Diaby, who reveals that now that he’s fit, he’s buzzing with confidence ahead of the new season.

“That makes me feel confident – it is always nice to have the confidence of the manager,” Diaby told a webchat with Chinese fans hosted by

“I’m fit now, I have been training since the beginning of pre-season and also did a rehabilitation session during my holidays – so now I feel great.

“I know that when I am fit, I can be good on the pitch. My main target this season is to be fit and if I am then everything will be good for me.”

Arsenal Wenger, who is planning life with or without his captain Robin van Persie, who clearly wants out, will give run outs to the likes of Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Song and Wojciech Szczesny.

Manchester City, in the meantime, have a fit squad to work with and stars such as Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, amongst others to select from for the game.


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