Arsenal VS Juventus LIVE Football Score 17/12/2022
Arsenal will aim to record a third win from three winter friendlies when they return to the Emirates Stadium to take on Juventus on Saturday evening. The Gunners were crowned Dubai Super Cup champions after beating AC Milan 2-1 on Tuesday, while the Old Lady have not been in action since beating Lazio 3-0 in their final pre-World Cup Serie A fixture. The Dubai Super Cup may not be the piece of silverware that Arsenal fans are craving this season, but keeping the momentum going before resuming a Premier League title charge is just what Mikel Arteta desired during a worthwhile period of mid-season friendlies.
After recording victories over Lyon in normal time and the penalty shootout, Arsenal put Italian champions Milan to the sword thanks to goals from Martin Odegaard and Reiss Nelson before Fikayo Tomori pulled one back, and the Gunners also ran out 4-3 winners from the spot for the additional point. Picking up where they left off in the middle of November, Arsenal have one final chance to strut their stuff in exhibition matches before West Ham United visit the Emirates for a Boxing Day London derby in the Premier League, as Arteta’s side prepare to enjoy Christmas at the top of the table.
With a host of World Cup representatives also coming back to training in dribs and drabs over the past week, Arteta will relish the chance to give more of his first-choice players some friendly minutes as Arsenal aim to record a fourth successive win in competitive and non-competitive matches. Danilo and Sandro also picked up fitness concerns with Brazil but managed to shake them off in time for their quarter-final loss to Croatia, and Kean could be partnered by the youthful Leonardo Cerri up front.
The Premier League leaders have also found the back of the net in each of their last seven fixtures in all tournaments and are facing a Juventus side who are in turmoil off the field, although their on-field exploits have shown steady signs of progress. The soap opera that is Juventus Football Club began another shocking chapter last month, as chairman Andrea Agnelli, vice chairman Pavel Nedved and the entire club’s board resigned amid an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoings.
False accounting and Financial Fair Play breaches are supposedly being looked at by prosecutors at a time where Juventus were starting to look like their old selves again on the field, but such a dramatic scandal now threatens to derail their recent progress. Since suffering a disheartening Champions League group-stage exit, Massimiliano Allegri’s players have responded in ideal fashion with successive Serie A wins over Inter Milan, Hellas Verona and Lazio, scoring six goals and keeping three clean sheets in the process. Moise Kean (2) and Arkadiusz Milik were on target in a 3-0 win against Lazio to help the Bianconeri surge to third in the Serie A table, but they remain in the shadow of runaway leaders Napoli, who sit 10 points clear of Allegri’s side in first place.
Not since the 2005-06 Champions League campaign have Arsenal and Juventus faced off in competitive action, with the Gunners winning 2-0 over two legs to advance to the semi-finals, and the Bianconeri were ironically implicated in the Italian football scandal just a couple of months later amid their current predicament. France’s William Saliba is the only Arsenal man left standing at the World Cup as he prepares for Sunday’s mouthwatering final with Argentina, and the English duo of Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale are both due to return to training this week alongside Takehiro Tomiyasu and Gabriel Martinelli.
The quartet may only be considered for minutes off the bench this weekend, but Oleksandr Zinchenko, Matt Turner and Granit Xhaka have had ample time with their teammates and could now come in for starting roles in a more familiar Arsenal XI. Academy graduates such as Ethan Nwaneri, Lino Sousa and Reuell Walters can expect to earn more first-team minutes in the closing stages of the match, while Eddie Nketiah shoulders the attacking burden in the absence of the injured Gabriel Jesus and Emile Smith Rowe, who is edging closer to a return from groin surgery.
As for Juventus, Argentinian duo Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes prepare to face teammate Adrien Rabiot in the World Cup final, while Danilo, Alex Sandro, Weston McKennie, Bremer, Dusan Vlahovic, Filip Kostic and ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny also turned out for their countries in Qatar. Federico Chiesa and Leonardo Bonucci are both set to miss out due to injuries, which have plagued Allegri all season long, and other big names such as Vlahovic and Paul Pogba could also be forced to sit out the meeting with Arsenal.
After a 10-day warm-weather training camp in the Middle East as well as winning the Dubai Super Cup, Arsenal are back in action at the Emirates Stadium as they face Juventus in a friendly on Saturday evening. It’s the Gunners’ final fixture before the Premier League season resumes on Boxing Day and it’s safe to say preparations ahead of the restart have gone well with the only negative being Gabriel Jesus sustaining a knee injury whilst on World Cup duty and subsequently undergoing knee surgery.
Arsenal go into the game against Juventus on the back of wins over Lyon and AC Milan in Dubai – the latter of which saw Ben White and Thomas Partey get their first post-World Cup minutes and that theme could very well continue this weekend as only William Saliba remains in Qatar ahead of the France vs Argentina final. With the remaining World Cup stars joining back up with the squad this week, it presents Mikel Arteta with somewhat of a selection dilemma as Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Turner, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli could all be in contention to play some part against the Serie A giants. If I were Mikel Arteta I would look to try and go for as strong a line-up as possible against Juventus tomorrow. The Premier League is just days away from its return and there is no time for sentimentality now. Arsenal need rhythm.
With that in mind, Aaron Ramsdale comes straight into the team for me with Ben White continuing at right back and Rob Holding and Gabriel playing again at centre back. It’s not yet clear if Alex Zinchenko will be available for Juve but if he is I’d definitely throw him in for a half to get some minutes into his legs. In midfield I’d go strong as possible again, so Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard are obvious starters, while Granit Xhaka comes in for Albert Sambi Lokonga who had mixed reviews for his two games in Dubai – although personally, I think he was fine.
In the forward areas, I would throw Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli straight back into the thick of things. Saka probably still hasn’t had enough time off if you’re asking me but there are few ideal situations with this mid-season World Cup that Fifa have thrust upon us. Then through the middle, it’s got to be Eddie Nketiah filling in for the injured Gabriel Jesus.