Arsenal to play preseason game against Lens on July 22

Arsenal will kick off their preseason games by taking on French second-division side RC Lens on July 22.

The London club announced the fixture on Thursday, saying the Gunners will travel to to the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in northern France for an evening game against the Ligue 2 club.

Arsene Wenger's side are likely to still be without several of their main stars for that game as the Frenchman normally gives players at least three weeks off after international duty. That means the likes of Germany's Mesut Ozil and French duo Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny should still be on holiday after Euro 2016.

After their visit to France, Arsenal will travel to California for previously announced games against the MLS All-Stars on July 28 and Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara three days later.

They wrap up their preseason tour by visiting Norway for a game against Viking in Stavanger on Aug. 5 followed by a match against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in Gothenburg, Sweden, two days later.

The Premier League kicks off the following weekend, when Arsenal host Liverpool in their opening match on Sunday, Aug. 14.