Arsenal vs Barcelona - Pre-season friendly: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction

  • Fixture thrust into doubt due to illness in Barcelona squad
  • Two sides last met in 2016
  • Arsenal conclude US tour on Wednesday night
Arsenal's US tour concludes against Barcelona in LA
Arsenal's US tour concludes against Barcelona in LA / David Ramos / Staff / Kristian Skeie - UEFA / Contributor

Arsenal will hope to complete their pre-season tour of the United States on Wednesday against a Barcelona side that is recovering from a sickness outbreak in the squad.

While Barca's pre-season is yet to get underway after they were forced to cancel their opening friendly of the tour against Juventus, Arsenal have played three times this summer but produced a mixed set of results.

After being held to a 1-1 draw by FC Nurnberg, the Gunners brushed aside the MLS All-Stars but were disjointed in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League rivals Man Utd on Saturday.

Arsenal's performance against United did raise some concerns, although Mikel Arteta has plenty of time to stumble upon his optimal formula heading into 2023/24. Another tricky test awaits the north London club in the form of the La Liga champions.

Here's our preview of the contest.

Where are Arsenal vs Barcelona playing?

  • Location: Los Angeles, United States
  • Stadium: SoFi Stadium
  • Date: Wednesday 27 July
  • Kick-off Time: 03:30 BST / 22:30 ET / 19:30 PT

Arsenal vs Barcelona H2H record (Last Five Games)

  • Arsenal: 1 win
  • Barcelona: 4 wins
  • Draws: 0
  • Last meeting:Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (16 March 2016 - Champions League)

How to watch Arsenal vs Barcelona on TV and live stream


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Arsenal team news

Oleksandr Zinchenko remains out for Arsenal, so either Kieran Tierney or Jakub Kiwior could start at left-back after Takehiro Tomiyasu was given the nod last time out.

Leandro Trossard has impressed in pre-season and could replace Kai Havertz, while Thomas Partey or Jorginho may come back in for Declan Rice. Jurrien Timber impressed against United and could retain his place, while Eddie Nketiah should be dropped after a tough pre-season so far.

Gabriel Jesus will likely start up top, although Folarin Balogun is in contention.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Barcelona

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Barcelona (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Timber, Saliba, Kiwior, Tierney; Partey, Odegaard, Trossard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Barcelona team news

Robert Lewandowski, Oriol Romeu
Members of the Barca squad are returning to training after the illness bug / Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages

We don't know who exactly was hit by the virus, with Barcelona saying "a significant part of the Blaugrana squad has viral gastroenteritis" ahead of their postponed clash with Juventus.

Such ambiguity renders any team predictions tricky and likely futile, but we do know that Alejandro Balde will miss out due to an ankle injury. Jules Kounde is also a doubt, so Ronald Araujo could be deployed at right-back.

Barcelona predicted lineup vs Arsenal

Barcelona predicted lineup vs Arsenal (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; R. Araujo, Garcia, Martinez, Alonso; Roberto, Romeu, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi.

Arsenal vs Barcelona score prediction

Arsenal were poor against Man Utd on Saturday, but they haven't become a bad team overnight and Arteta will likely return familiar figures to the fold on Wednesday after new signings Rice and Havertz struggled.

Barcelona's tour has been disrupted by a stomach bug and such ill-preparations don't exactly stand them in good stead for a clash against an Arsenal side that'll be determined to finish their tour on a positive note.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona