Everyone is looking forward to seeing some of Arsenal’s Invincibles and other legends playing for the Gunners against Milan Glorie tomorrow afternoon at the Emirates, but who exactly will be on show?
We make the short trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford today, with Arsenal looking to get their first win of the season on the board.
We have had an exciting and busy week in the transfer market, but unfortunately neither of our two prospective capture Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez have been able to complete their moves in time to feature today.
He may be playing mind games in order to keep his opposite number Claudio Ranieri guessing about which Arsenal players will be lining up to face the reigning Premier League champions today, but Arsene Wenger was reported on the Arsenal website this week stating that he would definitely not bring all three of the late returners from Euro 2016 into the side today.
The first View From The Enemy this season comes from Olli Emmerson at the Liverpool Blog AnfieldIndex.com and I must admit it is a very detailed and impressive Preview article and a great website! Unsurprisingly they are predicting an Arsenal defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s team, but I think they may be in for a bit of a shock this afternoon!
So at last the first game of the season is upon us, and at least Arsenal have the benefit of playing at home where we rarely lose. Obviously fitness and injuries are always an issue in the early stages of every season, but it is the same for everybody and Wenger usually gets his preparation spot-on.
Wenger will start Holding – not that he has much choice!
Welcome to the start of the Premier League campaign of 2016/17 and the opening round of fixtures play this weekend. Arsenal face up against strong opposition, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, at the Emirates this Sunday and will be hoping to start the season off with an impressive three points.
Arsenal trio Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny all returned to training today, four days before the trip to Liverpool, and could well be fast-tracked into the playing squad.
The French duo were given an extended holiday following their European Championship campaign, as was Mesut Ozil, after they helped their sides to reach the final and semi-final of the competition.
Delayed Zelalem will get his chance to shine!
Arsenal’s first pre season match against Lens in France last Friday, proved that Arsenal have a number of talented youngsters on the books, who are just waiting for their chance in the first team. One of those players is Gedion Zelalem and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been very keen to sing the youngster’s praises in his latest press conference.