Chuba Akpom
Chuba Akpom is looking to earn a first team role at Arsenal, and a three-goal haul in Singapore will only have aided those ambitions AFP

Arsenal take on Everton in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy in what would be the second pre-season game for either team before the start of the season.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 1.30pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.


Arsenal come into the game having beaten a Select Singapore XI side 4-0, with a hat-trick from Chuba Akpom and another goal from Jack Wilshere, and will be relatively confident coming into the fixture.

However, it will be a completely different game for the favourites, who will be facing a Premier League club compared to the makeshift eleven they had to face on 15 July.

Arsene Wenger is likely to make a plethora of changes to the squad. He started the last game, with all his best players, with the exception of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky, who did not travel with the squad likely to take part.

A win here will be a good indication on where they stand on the level of fitness at this point and will be a yardstick for Wenger to decide on further transfer business this summer.

Arsenal fans will be looking to get a first glimpse of Petr Cech in a Gunners shirt. He is expected to make his first appearance for the team at some point in the game.

Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers are also likely to get a look-in, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel playing the entire game last time around. A Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey midfield pivot, with Mesut Ozil in front is also expected to start, with Mathieu Flamini and Francis Coquelin expected to be given a rest.

Meanwhile, Everton scraped into the final after a win on penalties over Stoke City. Tim Howard saved the only penalty in the game to take Everton through, where they will be looking to get the better of Arsenal, having drawn and lost their two league games at home and away.

What the Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "We have no fringe players, only good players. Some players with less experience played on Wednesday but I came out here to give a game to everyone so those who were not involved in the last game against Singapore will play tomorrow. The first half was very competitive between Everton and Stoke and the challenges were very absolutely full challenges and I expect that from Everton (in the final). They are coming out of a season where they didn't do as well as the season before and they will want to start well."

Roberto Martinez: "This is the preseason, the main purpose of which is to raise the fitness levels of our players going into the start of the season. It is great to be able to play Premier League opposition and Stoke gave us a tough game on Wednesday. We are now ready to take on Arsenal. Ultimately, we are here to win. Players who have been associated with a club for many years suddenly move to a rival and this will take getting used to. But we are ready to face a full Arsenal side including Cech."

Betting Odds (By 888Sport)

  • Arsenal Win: 4/5
  • Draw: 5/2
  • Everton Win: 3/1


Arsenal: Petr Cech; Wojciech Szczesny, Emiliano Martinez, Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Dan Crowley, Mathieu Flamini, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gedion Zelalem, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Jack Wilshere, Chuba Akpom, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott.

Everton: Joel Robles, Tim Howard, Jindrich Stanek, Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, Brendan Galloway, Jonjoe Kenny, James McCarthy, Ryan Ledson, Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Tom Cleverley, Arouna Kone, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Conor McAleny, Gerard Deulofeu.