Arsenal beckon for Rhyan Grant

Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and now Arsenal. 

Rhyan Grant will add playing against another world famous football club to his resume, with the Bathurst football product set to tackle the Gunners forward line on Thursday night at ANZ Stadium. 

GAME ON: Rhyan Grant is set to feature for Sydney FC on Thursday night, when he takes on Arsenal FC at ANZ Stadium. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

GAME ON: Rhyan Grant is set to feature for Sydney FC on Thursday night, when he takes on Arsenal FC at ANZ Stadium. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Grant considers himself very lucky to be playing against such a prestigious club in Arsenal.

“We played Liverpool only a month ago, so to play another world class team in Arsenal is going to be good experience for not only us, but for Australian football,” he said.

“We’ve some really great teams come out and I feel pretty privileged to play against them.”

Arsenal will unveil new signing Alexandre Lacazette to the Australian crowd for the first time on Thursday night.

Grant will have the chance to come up against the dynamic Frenchmen, who was recently purchased from Lyon for nearly $80 million.  

“He obviously had a great season last year in France, so it’ll be interesting to see how he goes for Arsenal,” he said.

“It’s pretty cool to say that you’ve played him in his first game for Arsenal. 

“It’ll be interesting to see how we go against him and it’ll be a good test for myself and the boys. I’m looking forward it.” 

Grant said it’s unreal that the Australian footballing audience has a chance to see top clubs like the Gunners.

“I think it just goes to show how far Australian football has come and the quality the A-League is growing at the minute,” he said.

“To get clubs like [Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea] out here and to play against them and test them is great.

“Sydney FC have played against a few Premier League over the last few years, which is great for the club and Australian football. You can’t ask for much more.”

Grant is only in his second week back to training and the entire Sydney FC squad will have to be ready when they come up against a world class Arsenal team that features the likes of Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud. 

“It’s been a bit of rude awakening, which is always going to be the case in the first week back but now with Arsenal approaching the training has been more football related than running,” he said.

“It’s a good little break for the boys to focus on a game rather than get smacked at training. It’s a good little thing to look forward too.”  

Arsenal are touring Australia for the first time in 40 years.

The game will kick-off at 7.30pm at ANZ Stadium.