Arsenal’s tour of the United States is starting to wind down now, and up to this point, things have gone pretty well. They’ve put together a series of nice wins, which has served as something of a confidence booster for the club. Sure, things could be going a bit better in the summer transfer window, but it still feels like there is some time for the club to rectify any lingering issues that may be present in that department.
A big time game
Their final game on this stretch is going to take place later on tonight, as they go head to head with Spanish giants Real Madrid. One of the most amusing aspects of this game is that the two sides are actually locked in negotiations at this moment in time, with midfielder Dani Ceballos supposedly being on the verge of completing his move to the Emirates. Alas, it doesn’t seem as if that’s going to pose much of a problem.
The International Champions Cup, in itself, has been a pretty intriguing competition up to this point. It’s given us the chance to see what kind of dynamic the teams involved want to test out ahead of their new campaigns, and in addition to that, it also opens the door for a series of overseas fans to soak in the atmosphere that comes with watching these high level teams play.
What happens next?
In terms of a prediction, it feels like this is where Arsenal’s unbeaten run in the States comes to an end, but that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. If they go down we want them to go down swinging, and by that, we mean put out the kids. That may seem like an odd thing to say, but those youngsters are going to be the ones that scratch and claw for every ball. The first teamers know their place is secure, and they aren’t going to be overly bothered one way or another about beating Real Madrid in a friendly.
A goal or two would be nice to see as a way in which they could improve the confidence of the club, especially during these uncertain times. Whatever the case may be, though, it feels like most of football wants to see Zinedine Zidane lose in some way, shape or form as we look ahead to the new season.
Will Arsenal beat Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup?