LONDON, England (SportingAlert) — Arsenal will take on Benfica in the Emirates Cup and live streaming coverage will be on ESPN3 and WatchESPN from the Emirates Stadium.
Valencia and AS Monaco, the other two teams in the friendly tournament, will face each other in the first game.
Besides ESPN3 and WatchESPN, live coverage will also be on BT Sport 1, beIN Sports 11 HD, beIN Sports 3 HD, SuperSport 9, SuperSport 3, ESPN Brasil and ESPN 2 Caribbean.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be using the game as part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming English Premier League season and the Frenchman admits that some of the new signings will be involved.
But while Joel Campbell, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez look well set to play some part in the tournament, Wenger says new goalkeeper David Ospina will miss out because of a minor thigh injury.
The manager also revealed the reason behind him signing Ospina.
“I like him as a goalkeeper because he’s intelligent, he’s quick and has shown that he can adapt,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com.
“He came to France at a very young age and adapted and managed to gain his place in the national team. He’s highly-regarded in France as a fantastic professional, that’s what made me sign him.
“I hope in the future he can show his qualities.”
In fact, Costa Rican forward Campbell and new signing Chambers have been handed starting places for Arsenal in today’s game against Benfica.
Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo all start as well, while Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez are both amongst the substitutes.
Damian Martinez starts in goal ahead of regular No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal Team: Martinez, Bellerin, Chambers, Monreal, Gibbs, Ramsey, Rosicky, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Sanogo. Subs: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Arteta, Wilshere, Giroud, Alexis, Cazorla, Coquelin, Akpom, Miquel