David Luiz injury to present an early opportunity for Arsenal’s new boy

William Saliba is set to make his first Arsenal start on the first day of the season against Fulham, Sun Sports claims.

The 19-year-old joined Arsenal from Saint Etienne last summer, but he was allowed to remain on loan at the French side for the rest of last season.

He has now returned to Arsenal and he is expected to be a key member of the team for the upcoming campaign.

A player is usually given time to get used to how his new team plays, but it seems that Saliba will be thrust straight into the action when the Premier League starts this weekend.

This is because David Luiz is likely to miss Arsenal’s opening game against Fulham.

The Brazilian injured his neck in the Community Shield game against Liverpool last month, and he aggravated the injury in training.

While Mikel Arteta might risk the Brazilian, the report claims that Saliba is likely to start should the manager decide otherwise.

Arsenal has worked so hard to be in shape for the new season. Their target is to finish inside the top four and they will be keen to get started with a win at Craven Cottage.

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  1. Arsenal’s target should not be to finish inside the top4. Arsenal’s target should be to win the ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE.

    1. In 2016, Leicester’s target was just to avoid relegation and remain in the Premier League. But they went about every game trying to play their best football. In the end, they found themselves with an opportunity to win the league and pushed for it.

      Nothing wrong for Arsenal to have a realistic target of top 4. But we should approach every game trying to win it. If by January, we find ourselves with a realistic chance of winning the league, then we can upgrade our target and aim to be champions.

      Personally, I would consider top 4 as a success this season.

  2. Thats some baptism of fire.Back to back derbies (West Ham and Fulham)then away to King Power Stadium and Anfield in his first month.

  3. Excited to see him start but I’m more enthused about Gabriel. Saw him in training. Despite it being training, he wasn’t gonna let no one get past him, gave Willian a tough time. Love him already. I think we’re also doing better with our goalkeeping coaches. Great improvement in that position too.

  4. I think we should keep young Saliba on the bench for the first game at least and introduce him gradually into the team. He needs more time to get used to the team and especially the keeper.
    I would use Holding as a starter if Luiz is not ready.

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