Arsenal vs Barcelona line ups preview and prediction

After beginning their preseason schedule with an easy 2-0 victory against Vissel Kobe, Barcelona was scheduled to take on Juventus, one of the most successful teams in Italian soccer, in California on the previous Saturday.

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Arsenal vs Barcelona line ups preview and prediction

However, just nine hours before the match was scheduled to begin, it was determined that "a significant part of the Blaugrana squad" was infected with the stomach ailment viral gastroenteritis. Because of this, the friendly had to be postponed.

There have been multiple reports in Spain claiming that as many as 15 first-team players have been infected with the virus. As a result of the outbreak, Xavi's pre-season plans have been somewhat disrupted in advance of the new season, in which they will attempt to defend their La Liga title and look forward to returning to Champions League action.

Xavi will be eager to see those players who are eligible for selection regain their focus in front of Wednesday's warm-up battle against Arsenal, a team that they have defeated in each of their previous four encounters against in all competitions, three of which were in the Champions League. Xavi will be hoping that this will be the case.

After their forthcoming match against the Gunners, Barcelona will play friendlies against their Spanish rivals Real Madrid in Texas and AC Milan in Nevada. They will then wrap off their preseason preparations with a match for the Joan Gamper Trophy against Tottenham Hotspur on August 8.

Reiss Nelson, an attacker for Arsenal, is still unable to play owing to a toe injury, while Arteta is concerned about the condition of left defender Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has not yet participated in pre-season due to a calf problem.

However, the Gunners were given a boost by the return to fitness of Leandro Trossard, Thomas Partey, and Emile Smith Rowe in the match against Man United. The former player was able to shake off a blow to the knee that he received while playing against an MLS All-Star XI; all three players are set to be involved in the match on Thursday.

Arsenal vs Barcelona

Arsenal vs Barcelona prediction

It is anticipated that Arteta will rotate his team and give playing time to the great majority of his squad. Players like as Gabriel Jesus, Ben White, Kieran Tierney, and Fabio Vieira are all competing for a starting position despite having entered the game as replacements in the last match.

When it comes to Barcelona, it is still unknown exactly how many members of the first team are still convalescing from viral gastroenteritis, and it is possible that Xavi will have a limited number of options when selecting his starting eleven.

It is believed that Jules Kounde, Alejandro Balde, Eric Garcia, and summer signing Oriol Romeu are among those who have been infected with the stomach illness. As a result, it is probable that these players will not participate in Thursday's match in order to ensure that they make a full recovery as quickly as possible.

Arsenal vs Barcelona line ups

Xavi will seek to give midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and defender Inigo Martinez their non-competitive debuts following their summer arrivals from Manchester City and Athletic Bilbao. This will depend on a late health check, but Xavi's hope is that he will be able to do so.

The following players could start for Arsenal: Ramsdale, Timber, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

A probable starting lineup for Barcelona would consist of Ter Stegen, Roberto, Christensen, Martinez, and Alonso; Gundogan, Kessie, and Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, and Fati; and

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