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Arsenal v. RC Lens, Preseason Opener: Lineups, how to watch

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The 2016/17 Arsenal season kicks off today! Woo!

Arsenal v VfL Wolfsburg - Emirates Cup Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

Arsenal are back! The Gunners kick off their preseason today in Lens against RC Lens. How convenient!

As you may have guessed, a number of Arsenal’s stars have not yet rejoined the club following their international travails. However, it will be a fairly strong squad with a number of exciting youngsters filling in the roster holes. Per Mertesacker will captain a side (at least while he plays) that includes Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell, Calum Chambers, Francis Coquelin, Nacho Monreal, and Kieran Gibbs, among other experienced performers. Youngsters Chuba Akpom, Gedion Zelalem, Jeff Reine-Adelaide (JEFF), Chris Willock, and Krystian Bielik(stock) will look to lay claim to the annual "Rising Arsenal Youngster Based on Some Fun Preseason Performances."

If you’re wondering why we are playing RC Lens, it was apparently part of the transfer deal in which Arsenal obtained JEFF and Yassin Fortune from the French club.

Enjoy the return of Arsenal football!

WHAT:

Arsenal vs. RC Lens

Preseason Friendly

WHERE:

Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France

WHEN:

Friday, July 22, 2016

11.00AM PT/2.00PM ET/7.00PM BT

HOW (to watch):

Arsenal Player on Arsenal dot com

WHO (to watch):