Arsenal fans in the Middle East are set for the rare opportunity to see the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette in the flesh on Tuesday night when a glamour friendly against Al Nasr, for the formal reopening of Al Maktoum Stadium, concludes a five-day training camp in Dubai.
Tickets valued at Dh100 (category 3) are still available for the match (17:30 kick-off, UAE time) through Platinum List. With more than 10,000 people expected through the turnstiles, supporters are asked to arrive early and, if possible, use Dubai Metro.
The meeting falling within the international break has denied the Gunners several star names, but the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech have been present during a whirlwind tour that has also included visits to The Rashid Centre for the Determined Ones and Zabeel Palace.
“It will be great to get some warm weather training and break up the usual routine as we enter the final stage of the season,” said head coach Unai Emery. “The facilities in Dubai are fantastic and it will be an honour to be part of the formal opening ceremony for the new stadium.”
The Al Maktoum was extensively renovated in time for January’s Asian Cup. Malcolm Macdonald, John Matthews and John Radford were on target in a 3-1 victory for Arsenal back in November 1976 when the sides last met.
Arsenal sit fourth in the Premier League after this month’s 2-0 win against Manchester United. Nasr, captained by ex-Spain striker Alvaro Negredo, are 11th in the Arabian Gulf League.
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