Ahead of their clash at Wembley, the vast majority of the British press is gearing towards one fixture – England vs Spain.
But we’ve surely already learned everything there is to know about the Three Lions, especially when facing a superior opponent; namely that they’re not very good and after plenty of huff and puff, usually leave us staring into an abyss of trophy-less despair wondering if the terrible football will ever end.
Indeed, England and Spain’s Tuesday night friendly offers nothing new for a Premier League audience, so perhaps its time fans branched their interest further afield.
And we’re advising Arsenal supporters to tune into Italy vs Germany instead, which kicks off 15 minutes before the Three Lions take on La Roja in the capital. Here are three reasons why.
Following a formidable World Cup campaign, Arsenal decided to cash in on Serge Gnaby during the latter stages of the summer transfer window, allowing him to leave for Werder Bremen in a £5million deal.
But that’s already proving to be a poor call on the Gunners’ part; the 21-year-old has bagged four goals in his first nine Bundesliga outings for the German outfit and continued his flurry of form with a hat-trick on his senior international debut versus San Marino on Friday night.
After such a fine opening appearance for Die Mannschaft, Gnabry looks certain to feature again against France, albeit likely from the bench.
France obviously represent much tougher opposition than San Marino – whom Germany recorded 85% possession against – and will accordingly offer a much better litmus test of whether Arsenal made a mistake in letting the powerful winger leave.
In recent months, Arsenal have been linked with a number of Italian transfer targets – many of which will be in action for Azzurri tomorrow evening.
Andrea Belotti (mooted by CalcioMercato) is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting forwards in Serie A and the 22-year-old bagged a brace against Liechtenstein on Friday night – suggesting he’ll get another chance to impress against Germany.
Likewise, goalkeeping wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma – who has been linked with countless top Premier League clubs over the last year – looks set to deputise for Gianluigi Buffon between the sticks, aged just 17.
And 22-year-old centre-back Daniele Rugani, apparently the subject of a £25million Gunners bid during the summer, could also get a run out after being left on the bench on Friday night.
It’s not only a chance for Arsenal fans to familiarise themselves with a few transfer targets seemingly in Wenger’s thoughts, but also gauge whether they have what it takes to be a success at the Emirates Stadium.
The vast majority of Arsenal fans are pleased with their club’s summer swoop for Shkodran Mustafi, who is shaping up to be a solid partner to star centre-back Laurent Koscielny. But considering they splashed out a significant £35million on the German international, could the Gunners have done a little better?
A number of reports, including Sport in a Storm, have valued Italy international Leonardo Bonucci, considered by many to be the best centre-back in the world, at £50million – although he admittedly has a few more years under his belt.
So with both Mustafi and Bonucci likely to be involved in Tuesday’s clash, Arsenal fans have a chance to directly compare the two – and ultimately decide whether Mustafi’s not too far behind or if their club should have forked out a little extra to sign arguably the best in the business.