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The pros and cons of playing Arsenal in a friendly on a Wednesday

Christopher Adams
Jul 16, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey (5) on the field dduring
Jul 16, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey (5) on the field dduring / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Cons

Fixture Congestion

This is a hugely important part of the season for Orlando City. The playoff push is full go with half the season left to play, and after a month of inconsistent form, it's vital for the Lions to figure out their issues to have a chance at a home playoff game.

More importantly, they host the New York Red Bulls in the US Open Cup semifinals a week from the Arsenal match. With a league game on the weekend against the Philadelphia Union, that's a lot of important games in not a lot of time. Adding yet another game in the midweek adds unnecessary stress to the squad in a crucial crux of the season.

International Embarrassment

I don't want that to happen to Orlando City. It's just a fact that Arsenal are orders of magnitude better than Orlando and a laughable result like that is completely possible Wednesday night.

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