Xhaka's return and Turner to start? Arsenal team news and predicted XI vs Juventus

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The Gunners host the Serie A giants at Emirates Stadium on Saturday night in their final game before the return of domestic action.

Arsenal play their final warm-up game ahead of the return of the Premier League on Saturday night, when they host Juventus at Emirates Stadium (6pm kick-off).

The Gunners go into the game on the back of two wins from two during their recent stay in Dubai, with Mikel Arteta’s side seeing off Lyon and Milan.

The Arsenal boss will want to see his team building on that momentum against Juventus this weekend as preparations step up ahead of Boxing Day’s crucial clash against West Ham in the Premier League.

So how are Arsenal shaping up going into the match with Juventus? GOAL takes a look.

  1. Arsenal team news

    Arsenal team news

    Granit Xhaka and Matt Turner are expected to return on Saturday, having spent time training with the squad in Dubai. Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are set to sit the game out, however, as they are integrated back into the squad over the next couple of days following their respective exits from the World Cup. Takehiro Tomiyasu did not go to Dubai following Japan’s World Cup elimination, but he was doing some fitness work at London Colney. There is a chance he could feature, although the likelihood is that he will join Ramsdale, Saka and Martinelli in watching from the sidelines. Oleksandr Zinchenko remains a doubt as he continues to battle back from a muscle injury, while William Saliba is still absent as he is with France ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final against Argentina.

  2. Talking point

    Talking point

    Unless a behind-closed-doors friendly is staged at London Colney next week, Saturday’s game will be Arsenal’s last before the Premier League returns. So this will be the final chance Arteta has to get some valuable minutes into his players ahead of the game against West Ham on Boxing Day. With the likes of Ramsdale, Saka and Martinelli set to sit the game out, Arsenal’s manager will not be able to play the exact starting XI he will be hoping to send out against the Hammers, but he will look to get as close to it as possible. Arsenal looked sharp in their two games in Dubai and Arteta was delighted with how the training camp went. But he will now want to see his side build on that against Juventus, who should offer a tougher challenge than both Lyon and Milan.

  3. What has Arteta said?
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    What has Arteta said?

    Speaking about how players returning from the World Cup are being integrated back into his squad, Arteta said: “It’s been very good, especially their reaction psychologically. Players were willing to come and stay in Dubai. Granit is already around the place and is desperate to start playing so it’s been really good. It happens in the summer as well when there are Euros or World Cups. You know you get players all the time coming at different stages and we have to adapt. We knew it, we tried to plan it and hopefully we can have the rest of them very soon.”

  4. Attendance watch

    Arsenal have sold between 30,000 and 40,000 tickets for Saturday night's game. There are still tickets available, but the rail strike which is taking place over the weekend means that the match will be far from a sell-out.

  5. Arsenal predicted XI
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    Arsenal predicted XI

    (4-3-3): Turner; White; Holding, Gabriel; Tierney; Partey, Odegaard, Xhaka; Vieira, Nketiah, Nelson.