By James Agberebi:
Alex Iwobi, Chuba Akpom and their Arsenal team-mates will begin pre-season with a friendly match in France against Ligue 2 side RC Lens.
According to a statement on Arsenal’s official website on Thursday, the Nigerian duo of Iwobi and Akpom will leave with the rest of the squad for France on Friday, July 22, to face RC Lens.
From France, the squad then head to the United States for matches against the MLS All-Stars in San Jose on Thursday, July 28 and Chivas Guadalajara in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 31.
That will be followed by a trip to Scandinavia to play Viking FK on Friday, August 5, at the Viking Stadion in Stavanger, Norway.
Both players’ pre-season build-up with Arsenal will end with a game against Kelechi Iheanacho and Manchester City on Sunday, August 7 at the 44,000-capacity Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg.