Arsenal vs New York Red Bulls team sheet

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Arsenal have travelled to New York for a glamour pre-season friendly where they will line up against arguably the greatest player to have ever worn the cannon on his chest.

Thierry Henry's New York Red Bulls are the hosts at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey and it will be an evening of celebrations as the many US-based fans get a rare chance to glimpse of their Premier League favourites.

However, Arsene Wenger's side will be without a number of their more prominent stars for varying reasons - most of the Gunners' German contingent are still taking time off after their World Cup triumph.

In fact, Wenger admitted the trio of Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker were unlikely to make the first Premier League fixture of the season due to the mandatory four weeks FIFA require players be given off after the World Cup. However, their young compatriot Serge Gnabry is with the side.

Exciting new £30million signing Alexis Sanchez is also still on holiday, as is France right-back Mathieu Debuchy after his switch from Newcastle United - so is his international teammate Olivier Giroud.

The line-up in New Jersey was expected to be a mix of first team stars and youngsters, but it is a genuine surprise that Wenger has decided not to field a recognised striker, with young Chuba Akpom starting on the bench.

Here are the teams...

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Hayden, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Zelalem, Ramsey, Cazorla, Rosicky.

New York Red Bulls: Robles, Duvall, Olave, Sekagya, Miller, Sam, Cahill, McCarty, Oyongo, Wright-Phillips, Henry.

Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and Bradley Wright-Phillips are all familiar names for followers of the Premier League, so most of the Arsenal side will hold little mystery for them in what is expected to be a competitive fixture.

This is Arsenal's only official pre-season friendly outside of British shores, as they will contest the Emirates Cup in August before taking on Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield a week before their league opener against London rivals Crystal Palace.

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