Not only were the New York Red Bulls able to pull off a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in their opening match of the Emirates Cup, but Arsenal found themselves drawn even with Boca Juniors after ninety minutes, putting New York at the top of the four team tournament table headed into Sunday's action.
While neither Thierry Henry or Rafa Marquez played against PSG, both should start on Sunday. While Arsene Wenger made five changes at halftime for Arsenal, keeping many of his top chioce players fresh for Sunday, Hans Backe chose to keep many of New York's starting eleven on the field until the very end of their match, preserving the win against PSG but potentially making some key New York players less effective for the match on Sunday.
Based on midfielder Dax McCarty's tweeting as well as a bit of common sense, the Red Bulls will most likely start with the same lineup as they did against PSG except substituting Marquez for Mendes and Henry for Agudelo. How long their best players stay on will remain to be seen. Dane Richards is suspended for New York's next match against Real Salt Lake so it's possible Backe will push him for a full ninety minutes in back-to-back games. And with as well as Lindpere played against Paris Saint Germain, it's hard to imagine the Red Bulls playing without him for any part of their matchup against Arsenal tomorrow.
Arsenal should come out with their best players sans Cesc Fabregas, as he is expected to miss the Emirates cup while possible transfer moves for him are worked out . And with many of Arsenal's squad only playing one half against Boca Juniors or skipping the match entirely (Sagna and Song stayed on the bench on Saturday) the Red Bulls will definitely have their work cut out for them trying to break apart Arsenal's possession and trying to score on the counterattack.
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