Arsenal fans are obviously desperate for the Gunners to get a win away to Leicester City at the weekend after the disappointment of losing our opening Premier League match at home to Liverpool. With much of the blame for the defeat being placed on the weakened nature of the Arsenal side, a lot of us are pinning our hopes for Saturday on the return of Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, but the boss has suggested that they might not be ready.
It may not be on the same scale as the injury problems facing other Arsenal players like Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker, but it is a big blow nevertheless, for Arsene Wenger as well as the player himself, because Alex Iwobi has just had a very impressive pre-season for the Gunners.
Arsenal could really do with making a good start to this latest chase for the Premier League title, especially after both Manchester United and Man City got off to winning starts this weekend, but the squad situation is far from ideal for Arsene Wenger so the schedule of us facing Liverpool today and then Leicester City next week is far from ideal.
With just a day to go before the Arsenal get the Premier League campaign underway, I assume that Arsene Wenger already knows what starting line up he will pick to take on Liverpool at the Emirates. With the injury and fitness problems the boss has to cope with, both ends of the pitch are lacking in options but as usual our midfield is packed with options and is our strongest area of the pitch.
It does not take a genius to work out that Arsenal would be better off if Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey were in the starting line-up when we kick off the new Premier League campaign with a home game against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side a week on Sunday.
Football is a matter of opinions in some ways, even though it is on paper a simple game that is about getting a round bag full of wind into an oversized net, and this is highlighted perfectly by the very different sections of Arsenal fans that have become known as the WOB and the AKBs.
It has not been confirmed officially by Arsenal Football Club yet, but it is being reported that Arsene Wenger has finally made the choice about who to replace the departed Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta as our club captain. According to The Sun and other football sites the armband has been offered to our giant German centre back Per Mertesacker.
It could end up being more than the four Arsenal players who went furthest in the Euro 2016 tournament that Arsene Wenger will have to do without when the Gunners kick off the next Premier League title challenge against Liverpool at the Emirates stadium on August 14th.