Theo Walcott is relishing the chance to test himself against Manchester City - and his old friend Gael Clichy.
The England international scored a bizarre goal in the Emirates Cup on Sunday but it wasn't enough to claim the trophy as Galatasaray hit back to win 2-1 in the tournament's final game.
Now Walcott is looking forward to one last friendly ahead of the new season - against Manuel Pellegrini's side in Helsinki on Saturday.
It will be a chance for us all to experience the tempo of the Premier League and what it's going to be likeTheo Walcott
"I think that will be the ultimate test," Walcott told Arsenal Player.
"Man City are very strong this season. They know what they want to do but we know how strong we are. It will be a chance for us all to experience the tempo of the Premier League and what it's going to be like.
"It's going to be a good test but everyone will be ready for it. I think the boss will maybe think of the team that he will start with [against Aston Villa]. I'm looking forward to that game against my old man Clichy. I've always loved playing against him so I'll give him a call before!"
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