Arsenal face Japanese J-League club Urawa Red Diamonds in their final pre-season game in Asia. The Gunners have won all three games so far, beating the Indonesia and Vietnamese national teams and Arsene Wenger's former club Nagoya Grampus.

Olivier Giroud

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is scheduled for 11.30am BST. Live coverage is on ESPN and ESPN HD. Live text commentary will be available on the Arsenal website and a replay on Arsenal Player after the game.


The hosts will want a strong performance after Grampus' defeat and will be boosted by the fact top Premier League clubs have lost games in their pre-seasons so far. English champions Manchester United and cross-town rivals Manchester City have both lost ties.

Urawa's manager, former Yugoslavia international Mihailo Petrovic, will need attacking midfielder Marcio Richardes to lead the forward line. The 31-year-old Brazilian is the one foreign name in the squad and has three goals this season.

However, Richardes has struggled to impose himself in the line-up, at least as much as he did last year; he scored nine goals from 29 starts and led the club to the qualification rounds of the 2013 AFC Champions League group stages.

This season so far, Urawa are fourth with 31 points from 17 games. They only trail leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima by five points though and with half the season still to be played, Petrovic will be confident of turning things around.

The problem is they come into this game in poor form, with only one win in the last five league games... and that came in the first week of July. Since then, they've lost two and drawn one.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will want to complete the Asia Tour with a perfect record and set them up for arguably sterner opposition in the Emirates Cup, which begins with a game against Serie A club Napoli. France international Olivier Giroud has had an excellent time so far, with six goals in three games.

Team Form

Urawa Red Diamonds

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L D W D
  • Last Match: Urawa Red Diamonds 2 - 3 Yokohama F Marinos


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W D
  • Last Match: Nagoya Grampus 1 - 3 Arsenal