SHANGHAI, China, Sporting Alert — Arsenal will return to the pitch on Wednesday when Arsenal Wenger’s men take on German champions Bayern Munich in an International Champions Cup fixture at Shanghai Stadium.
Kick-off time for this contest is set for 7:20 a.m. ET and live streaming coverage will be on ESPN3.com and WatchESPN. Arsenal Player will also stream the game live for those with a subscription, while Premier Sports UK will have the television broadcast.
So far, Arsenal have managed to easily put away Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers on the Australian leg of the pre-season, but the English Premier League side is expected to be challenged more against a stronger opponent in Bayern Munich.
In their opening two games of the summer fixtures, Arsenal have scored five goals and just the one conceded, while recently acquired striker Alexandre Lacazette seems to have settled in very well.
Lacazette is already off the mark for his new club and looked sharp during training and the friendly outings, but Wenger will wait to do his assessments.
“With Lacazette,” the boss said, “it’s too early for any assessment and any judgment on how well he will do.”
Wenger, whose side will also be in action on Saturday against fellow English Premier rivals Chelsea at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, added: “For us it was a big change to come over from Australia to Shanghai, with the weather.
“We trained hard yesterday and today as well, so I think physically we have suffered a little bit. This is another pre-season game and it is good for us to get competition.
“In the first two games we focused mainly on attacking and in the second part of the tour we will have to focus on defending and attacking because we play against two big opponents.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich head into this game on a four game pre-season win streak and are coming off a 2-0 victory over SV Werder Bremen in the TELEKOM CUP on Saturday.
So far, the German champions have scored 16 goals in their 2017 pre-season fixtures, conceded two and have back-to-back clean sheets.
“The expectation [against Bayern] is to deal with a quality game and to come out of the game with more confidence,” Wenger said.
“That means we play with the quality we have shown in our first two games [of pre-season]. And to win the game.”