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With both manahgers set to take this final Emirates Cup clash seriously as they prepare for the upcoming season, Al Hain-Cole expects Lenoardo Jardim's men to defend strongly

Arsenal wrap up their pre-season campaign with a friendly against Monaco in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.

The Gunners face Manchester City in the Community Shield next weekend and are 4/5 (1.80) favourites with William Hill to head to Wembley on the back of a morale-boosting win.

Meanwhile, Leonardo Jardim’s side will be equally keen to put in a strong performance before the Ligue 1 season kicks off in a week’s time and are on offer at 10/3 (4.33) to come out on top, or 12/5 (3.40) to play out a draw.

While the match represents a reunion for Arsene Wenger with the club where he made his name, the Frenchman stressed that he will be fully focused on getting his players into shape for the new season.

Equally, Wenger’s opposite number will be keen to see his side put in a strong performance as he enters his first season in French football, having arrived from Sporting to replace Claudio Ranieri in June.

Jardim boasts a strong reputation thanks to his exploits in his homeland, having previously racked up 15 consecutive wins on the way to finishing third with Braga before last season taking a Sporting team that finished in seventh the previous year to a second-place finish.

This success was partly based on a defence that conceded just 20 goals in 30 matches, and he seems to have already implanted this solid foundation at the Stade Louis II.

Having kept three clean sheets in four friendlies going into the Emirates Cup, les Rouges et Blancs must feel confident of frustrating an Arsenal team that failed to score against New York Red Bulls recently.

With this in mind, odds of 6/5 (2.20) appear strong value on under 2.5 goals being scored in a competitively fought match between two sides gearing up for a big campaign.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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