Arsenal kick off their pre-season programme on Saturday in the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup - and will bring a blend of youth and experience down to Southampton for the tournament.

The Gunners will face Premier League newcomers Southampton and Belgian side Anderlecht as part of a round-robin tournament of 45-minute matches. Arsène Wenger’s side open against Anderlecht at 6.45pm, before rounding off the day against the hosts at 8pm.

Arsène Wenger has named a young squad for the matches at St Mary’s, although the likes of Gervinho, Johan Djourou, Marouane Chamakh, Andre Santos, Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs are all included in the 23-man squad.

None of the Club’s players who featured at Euro 2012 are in the travelling party as they are yet to return to training.

But those Arsenal fans attending the tournament will have the opportunity to see Kyle Bartley, Vito Mannone and Henri Lansbury back in Arsenal colours again after successful loan spells at Rangers, Hull City and West Ham respectively last season.

There is also the chance to see some of the Club’s rising stars in action, such as Dutch midfielder Kyle Ebecilio, exciting Swedish teenager Kristoffer Olsson and German star Thomas Eisfeld.

Remember, you can follow live updates from the tournament via our @Arsenal Twitter account. Use the hashtag #AFCvAND for the Anderlecht game and #SFCvAFC for the Southampton game.

Match reports will be available on shortly after each game is over. Look out for highlights on Arsenal Player from Sunday afternoon and post-match reaction from Monday.

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13 Jul 2012