Arsenal and Bayern Munich face the toughest test of their preparations for the new campaign yet as they face off in the USA to kick-start a stacked and hectic warm-up schedule.The Gunners and the Bundesliga champions will square up at Dignity Health Sports Park, the home of the LA Galaxy, in their first match of the 2019 International Champions Cup.Unai Emery’s side came through their first fixture in America on Monday in good form against the Colorado Rapids, despite the ongoing saga of captain Laurent Koscielny’s refusal to play as he attempts to force a move away from the Emirates Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bayern meanwhile could very well blood their one of their new superstar signings, French World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard, following his arrival at the Allianz Arena, though international team-mate Lucas Hernandez has remained behind to continue his recovery from surgery. Game Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Date Thursday, July 18 / Wednesday, July 17 Time 4am BST / 11pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US, the match can be watched live on ESPN2 and will be streamed on ESPN Deportes+. US TV channel Online stream ESPN2 ESPN Deportes+ In the UK, the match will be shown on Premier Sports 1 and livestreamed on Premier Sports HD. UK TV channel Online stream Premier Sports 1 Premier Sports HD Squads & Team News Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Jenkinson, Chambers, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Mavropanos, Medley, Monreal, Kolasinac, Thompson, Maitland-Niles Midfielders Xhaka, Burton, Olayinka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Nelson, Smith Rowe Forwards Martinelli, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, John-Jules Major names aside from Koscielny to be missing for Arsenal include Alex Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny, both of whom are on Africa Cup of Nations duty.Otherwise, Unai Emery has brought a blend of strength, experience and youth as he looks to lead the Gunners to victory. Position Bayern Munich squad Goalkeepers Neuer, Ulreich Defenders Kimmich, Pavard, Sule, Boateng, Alaba Midfielders Thiago, Goretzka, Martinez, Sanches, Tolisso, Davies Forwards Arp, Gnabry, Coman, Lewandowski, Muller New signing Lucas Hernandez is, as mentioned, the major absentee for Niko Kovac’s side, following knee surgery, but the former Frankfurt boss has otherwise named a strong squad.Alphonso Davies, who was not originally included in the travelling party, has reversed his decision to sit out the tour following Gold Cup duty with Canada, and will link up with the rest of his team-mates in California.Match Preview With their pre-season campaign up and running with a convincing victory against the Colorado Rapids, Arsenal will face a much sterner test when they clash with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in their first game of the 2019 International Champions Cup.The Gunners, who have seen their preparations become embroiled in turmoil following captain Laurent Koscielny’s decision to boycott their tour of the USA as he attempts to push through an exit from the Emirates Stadium, ran out 3-0 winners in a friendly encounter at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park earlier this week.Unai Emery will hope to put the issues back in London behind his squad over the next week as they criss-cross North America to face Fiorentina in North Carolina and Real Madrid in Washington D.C.First up however is arguably the biggest threat of the three, with Niko Kovac’s side running hot after a domestic double in Germany last season.The Bavarian giants were slow to start in 2018-19 and their manager, the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss, was continuously linked with an early exit from the Allianz Arena.He subsequently delivered the goods however, and with the addition of French World Cup-winning pair Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, has set around bolstering an already fearsome side.Arsenal meanwhile are arguably yet to get seriously started on the recruitment front, save for the arrival of Gabriel Martinelli – and with deals for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha still very much in the air, a strong showing from their current crop would go some way to assuaging the fears of fans hoping for a stronger season, despite last year’s excellent Europa League exploits.
The Minister also accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of attempting to divide the country by refusing to take part in the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to propose the changes to the 13th Amendment. (Colombo Gazette) Government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says the government will go ahead with making changes to the 13th Amendment to the constitution as planned.Speaking at an event in Kandy today the Minister said that the 13th Amendment is something forced on Sri Lanka by India through the Indo-Lanka accord. He said that while the 13th Amendment cannot be completely abolished as the provincial councils system, which is part of that amendment, is now part of Sri Lankan society, some changes need to be made to make it more meaningful. He recalled that there was once an attempt to divide the country and that threat still remains as long as the 13th Amendment is not changed.“I don’t think the 13th Amendment can be abolished. This is the government position. There are so many views in the Alliance and we respect those views. But we need to have a common approach. So since we cannot abolish the 13th Amendment we need to make changes to it. If not there is no guarantee some may try to use it to divide the country,” he said. The Minister said that the 13th Amendment and provincial councils system was introduced to solve the conflict in the north and yet that never happened.