New signing Alexandre Lacazette announced himself to the Gunners faithful with a debut goal in Thursday's 2-0 win over Sydney FC and Arsene Wenger will want to see more of that as he primes his team for a renewed assault on the Premier League.
|Game||Western Sydney Wanderers vs Arsenal|
|Date||Saturday, July 15|
|Time||11:00 BST / 20:00 (local)|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the United Kingdom, the match will be available to watch live on television on Premier Sports and by stream via the Premier Player app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Premier Sports||Premier Player|
Fans in Australia will be able to watch the game live on SBS Viceland and by stream on The World Game website and app.
|Australia TV channel||Online stream|
|SBS Viceland||The World Game|
Furthermore, supporters will also have the option to tune in to the game on Arsenal.com or the club's app.
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS
Arsene Wenger fielded a number of youth and reserve players in the Arsenal starting line-up against Sydney FC and that is likely to change on Saturday, with more established players coming in.
Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to score against Sydney FC and played just over 20 minutes, so the France international could find himself in the starting XI, along with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Granit Xhaka, who also began on the bench.
That means teen sensations Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock may have to content themselves with a place on the bench, despite impressing Wenger with their performances against Sydney.
Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and David Ospina were not included in the matchday squad on Thursday, but Wenger confirmed that they are likely to play a part on Saturday.
ARSENAL BETTING ODDS
Arsenal are 1/5 favourites to win, according to Oddschecker , while Western Sydney are priced at 12/1 and the draw is given at 11/2.
Arsene Wenger gave a number of youth team players a lengthy run-out against Sydney FC and, while positively acknowledging their performances, he is likely to reinstate more senior squad members to the starting XI.
The Gunners boss had the first competitive games of the season in mind when he left Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey out of the game against Sydney on Thursday, but indicated that the duo will both feature on Saturday. Koscielny is likely to join Sead Kolasinac and Per Mertesacker in the back three, while Ramsey should form part of the midfield alongside Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Granit Xhaka.
Wenger will be keen to establish some consistency leading into the game against Bayern Munich on July 19 and supporters will be interested to see how their side lines up in attack, with Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck getting the nod ahead of Lacazette and Giroud in the last game.
"It is important for [Lacazette] to get that (first goal) off his shoulders because you expect to score if you are a striker," Wenger told reporters after the game against Sydney.
"You could see that he was happy but overall what we were looking for was to play at pace and to develop our collective game and for long periods in the game that was quite good for us."
Tony Popovic's Wanderers, meanwhile, will be led out at the ANZ Stadium by newly-appointed captain Robbie Cornthwaite, while former Celta Vigo and Deportivo striker Oriel Riera will lead their attack.