With Arsene Wenger preparing for the big Premier League start against Liverpool we are all hoping Arsenal continue with our great record against the Reds at the Emirates. We have only lost once in our last 13 meetings here so it may be worth taking advantage of the Sun Bets free bet to back our team with the bookies own money. But there is a worry as Le Prof has his three main Arsenal centre backs unavailable, and the transfer deal for the Valencia and Germany star Shkodran Mustafi still to be officially completed, the chances are that the heart of our back line will consist of Calum Chambers and Rob Holding.
The former Southampton player has at least got some Premier League experience to his name, with 22 appearances for the Saints and another 35 over the last two seasons with Arsenal, but in a lot of those games the versatile Gunner was playing in the right back position so there are still real concerns over his ability in the middle.
Usually there has been an older and wiser head alongside him to help, but this weekend it looks like being the even more inexperienced Rob Holding, who has no EPL games under his belt and just one season in the Championship with Bolton Wanderers in which the Trotters finished rock bottom.
Not exactly an ideal situation for us you must agree, so the injury news from Liverpool about their England international striker Daniel Sturridge is just what the doctor ordered. The Daily Mail are reporting that he and his teammate James Milner are both doubts for the game at the Emirates after picking up knocks during the last week.
Jurgen Klopp still has options like Benteke, Origi and new signing Sadio Mane, but the absence of Sturridge is certainly a plus point for Arsenal and our young defenders. Will it be enough to see us get an opening day win though?