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2 ex-Gunners in Lyon squad for Arsenal friendly

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By Dan Critchlow

Lyon French football midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide answers journalists’ questions, on July 1, 2020, in Evian-les-Bains, during the Olympique Lyonnais football training camp. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)

Arsenal are set to meet Olympique Lyonnais for a friendly during their World Cup schedule, with the two teams travelling to Dubai next week.

Before that, Lyon are set for a training camp in Spain, and they named their squad for that trip on Sunday. You’d expect many of the players in the 25 to be the same players involved in the squad to face Arsenal next week on Thursday.

Among the list of 25 are former Gunners Alexandre Lacazette and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, both of whom have been regulars in the Lyon squad this season.

Lacazette has nine goals in his 15 games for Lyon this campaign, all 15 of which were starts. Meanwhile, Reine-Adelaide has made 11 appearances, but 10 of those were from the bench.

Other notable inclusions in the Lyon squad are Houssem Aouar and Corentin Tolisso, both regularly linked with a move to Arsenal in the past.

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette kicks to score his team's second goal on a penalty during the French Ligue 1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Ajaccio at The Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on August 5, 2022. (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images)
Lyon’s French forward Alexandre Lacazette kicks to score his team’s second goal on a penalty during the French Ligue 1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Ajaccio at The Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on August 5, 2022. (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal’s World Cup schedule (times in GMT)

  • November 13th-November 27th – Time off
  • W/C November 28th – Return to training and Arsenal vs Watford (London Colney)
  • December 4th – Travel to Dubai for a warm-weather camp
  • December 8th, 15:30 – Arsenal vs Lyon (Al Maktoum Stadium)
  • December 13th, 14:00 – Arsenal vs Milan (Al Maktoum Stadium)
  • December 14th – Travel back to London
  • December 17th, 18:00 – Arsenal vs Juventus (Emirates Stadium)
  • W/C December 19th – Rumoured 5th friendly (London Colney)
  • December 26th – The Premier League returns

Source: Daily Cannon.