LIVE: Arsenal vs Paris Saint-Germain

2′ Excellent early pressure by Arsenal, they are pressing high up the pitch and force PSG into making a mistake deep in their own half as they tried to play the ball out from the back. However, they cannot capitalise on this opportunity and PSG do well to get out of trouble.

1′ We’re underway!

The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off. Stay tuned for all of the match action!

PSG are without a number of their star players due to the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe currently enjoying extended breaks following their World Cup duties. Tuchel has opted for a young and inexperienced side to play Arsenal today, however they are boosted by Italian veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in goal.

Emile Smith Rowe impressed for the Gunners, scoring a stunning equaliser as Emery gave run-outs to a few of his young stars against Atletico. Smith Rowe picked up a slight knock and therefore doesn’t start today, with the Arsenal manager making a number of changes ahead of today’s game. Mesut Ozil who didn’t feature against Atletico, returns to the Arsenal side today and he will be captaining the Gunners.

PSG SUBS: Kevin Trapp, Giovani Lo Celso, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Virgillu Postolachi, Moussa Sissako, Arthur Zagre, Alexandre Fressange, Sebastien Cibois

PSG (3-4-2-1): Gianluigi Buffon (GK); Loic Mbe Soh, Lassana Diarra, Kevin Rimane; Alec Georgen, Antoine Bernede, Adrien Rabiot (c), Stanley Nsoki; Christopher Nkunku, Azzeddine Toufiqui; Timothy Weah

ARSENAL SUBS: Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Emiliano Martinez, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Lucas Perez, Reiss Nelson Eddie Nketiah, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno (GK); Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac; Mohamed Elneny, Matteo Guendouzi; Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil (c), Henrikh Mkhitarian; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The team news is in, here is how the two teams will line-up today…

The Gunners will be looking to capitalise on their solid display against Atletico Madrid, when they drew 1-1, however they went on to lose 3-1 on penalties. Meanwhile the French champions will be aiming to bounce back from their 3-1 loss against Bayern Munich.

Both clubs have new managers ahead of the new season, as ex-Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is also readying for the new Ligue 1 campaign with PSG. While it’s an early reunion with PSG for Unai Emery, the former PSG boss is set to guide Arsenal in their first Premier League season without Arsene Wenger as manager, after the Frenchman’s 22 years in charge of the Gunners came to an end last season.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s International Champions Cup game between Arsenal and PSG.

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Everton to reject all Pickford offers amid Chelsea links

Everton will reject offers from any club for Jordan Pickford amid reports linking Chelsea with a move for the goalkeeper, Goal understands.

Marco Silva’s side are keen to hold onto their prized asset as they aim to do more business themselves in the final two weeks of the transfer window, having already landed Richarlison from Watford and waved goodbye to Davy Klaassen and Ramiro Funes Mori.

Everton’s relationship with Chelsea is strained due to the London side’s previous approaches for John Stones and Ross Barkley having proved disruptive for the Merseyside club.

The Blues are said to have made the shot-stopper a top target while they run the risk of losing current No.1 Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, as he pushes for a move to the European champions to be closer to his family in the Spanish capital.

Talks for the 26-year-old have stalled as Chelsea want a replacement to come in before sanctioning the sale of their reliable first choice.

However, Pickford is unlikely to be the one to step in for the Belgian, as he only joined the Toffees last year in a £30 million move from Sunderland and still has four years remaining on his contract, but his impressive displays at the World Cup have only increased talk of him heading to a bigger Premier League side.

Alisson was Chelsea’s initial top target to replace Courtois but he went on to join Everton’s rivals Liverpool in a £65m ($87m) deal from Roma.

Chelsea have also been linked with Jack Butland, Kasper Schmeichel and Gianluigi Donnarumma, but a clear option has yet to be determined.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have already landed one backup goalkeeper this summer in the form of ex-England No.1 Rob Green and they also landed midfielder Jorginho from Napoli. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea are also in talks with Juventus over the potential signing of Gonzalo Higuain, Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara.

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Barcelona likely to make more signings, says Valverde

Barcelona’s summer transfer business is not over, according to coach Ernesto Valverde, who says the Blaugrana are likely to make more signings before the close of the window.

The Liga champions recently announced the capture of Brazilian winger Malcom from Bordeaux, beating Roma to the punch at the last minute.

Malcom became the club’s third signing of the summer following Arthur Melo and Clement Lenglet’s arrivals at Camp Nou.

And while Barca’s business so far represents a solid strengthening of the squad, Valverde feels his squad lacks depth in midfield following the exits of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.

“We’re open to any possibility,” the coach told a news conference, “It’s true that we’ve had some big departures in midfield so it’s likely that we will make more signings.

“We will try to build the most competitive squad possible, keeping in mind that Andres [Iniesta] and Paulinho have left.”

When quizzed on what profile the club are looking for in terms of targets, he said: “It doesn’t depend only on me, but on the club and what players are available.

“We want players that fit our style. We need people that can generate play through the middle – and if they can get forward into the box, too, even better.”

Despite all the talk of more signings, Valverde is eager to trim the fat from his squad, with Lucas Digne close to Everton and one of five central defenders likely to be moved on.

Lucas Digne

Firmly in the midst of pre-season, however, the coach has time to run the rule over his fringe players and make an informed decision over who he wants to keep at Camp Nou.

“It’s a familiar story for all the teams at this stage of the season,” he said, “There are players coming back from loans, players from the B team and we have to decide [who will stay and who will go].

“We think the B team can help us this year, and, yes, I prefer to have a small squad. As for the players that could go, we will see.

“The tour of the United States provides a chance for the players coming back from loans and up from the B team.”

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‘Chicharito not on the market’ – West Ham determined to keep Mexico star

Javier Hernandez is not “on the market” and is unlikely to leave West Ham before the start of the season, according to club sporting director Mario Husillos.

The 30-year-old has recently returned to the club after World Cup duty with Mexico, where El Tri advanced from the group stage for a seventh consecutive tournament, only to be eliminated by Brazil in the last 16.

Despite a bright start with West Ham, Hernandez’s future has been a subject of speculation after falling out of favour at London Stadium last season, when former manager David Moyes preferred Marko Arnautovic to lead the line.

The striker was a headline signing for the Hammers last year and Husillos, who worked with new manager Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga when they reached the Champions League quarter-finals in 2012-13, believes the former Manchester City tactician’s arrival could provide Hernandez with a new lease of life.

Speaking to Marca Claro, Husillos said: “We have many expectations, but offers? There surely won’t be any because people know we have him. For the moment he’s not on the market at all.

“[Pellegrini’s] style is one that favours all attacking players, because it is to maintain possession, attack, reach the area and create opportunities.

“The forwards in general are benefited by this type of play.”

Pellegrini’s first Premier League match as West Ham manager will be against Liverpool at Anfield on August 12.

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Lacazette must rediscover his lethality in front of goal if Arsenal are to attain success under Emery

For 90 minutes he huffed and puffed, trying his best to score a goal for his team and hopefully impress his new manager. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be for Alexandre Lacazette and Arsenal as they succumbed to a defeat to Atletico Madrid on penalties at the International Champions Cup in Singapore.

Seeing the Frenchman play can be quite frustrating as he looks languid at times when his team does not have possession. Lacazette’s work rate is questionable at times but not his ability. The 27 year old was a goal machine at Lyon even being named the named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year the in the 2014–2015 season.

But his time in North London has yet to replicate that narrative and against Atletico Madrid it showed just why. When the golden chance came for him to bury the ball into the back of the net, he failed and for a team that intends to challenge for Champions League places, it simply isn’t good enough.

Granted, it may only be a pre-season match but this is the period where you prove your worth and so far for Lacazette it hasn’t been going well for him. Compounding matters for the former Lyon player was the fact that a relatively unknown youngster outshone him. Emile Smith Rowe was simply sublime in midfield as he displayed maturity and composure beyond his tender years.

Moreover the 18-year-old scored a goal for Arsenal to add to his all-round impressive performance. Now, for Unai Emery it is back to the drawing board and to figure out how he can unleash the potential of Lacazette.

In the match against Diego Simeone’s side Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was used out wide instead of a front two partnership with Lacazette. Many Arsenal fans are dying to see them in tandem upfront. It is still early days under the Emery regime to see how he will extract the best out of his players, tactically.

But the Spaniard must act fast to revive Lacazette’s confidence for the Gunners will need goals if they are to qualify for European football. Emery’s time in France with Paris Saint-Germain Football Club was marred by his inability to deliver the Champions League. Indeed there were also reports that he lost control of the dressing room.

Now if he wants to avoid that in England, he must start winning. And Lacazette could be the main key to opening the doors of success should he revive the Frenchman’s lethality in front of goal.

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