Seven Arsenal stars ruled out of Premier League opener against Fulham

Arsenal FC have given us an injury update ahead of the Premier League’s opening weekend, and we have as many as seven players missing out currently.

We make the short trip to West London to take on newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage for the early kick-off on Saturday, and we are already without some key players.

We remain without the likes of Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi, who have all been out since the last season ended, but we also have more issues to contend with.

David Luiz has now succumbed to a neck injury which will now need assessing, although recent signs point to him being able to return in the near future.

This could well force Mikel arteta to field both Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba together at centre-back on their Premier League debuts, although Rob Holding is also available.

The three above may well all be in contention to start in a back three, although last season we did see both Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney fill in at LCB, and I would expect the same this weekend to be honest.

There are rumours we could well revert back to a back four in the near future, but given our current injuries and lack of midfield additions, I think that will be on the back burner at present.

Emile Smith Rowe and Sokratis are also out, but should be back in training as early as next week.

Would it be too risky to give two debuts in the centre-back position or could Mikel Arteta really have the pair ready to make such a jump?

Patrick

Tags Chambers Emile Smith Rowe injuries Luiz Mari Martinelli Mustafi Sokratis

10 Comments

  1. Wayne says:

    If Gabriel and Saliba are fit,they should start. Arsenal have invested heavily in the two players, who are regarded as upgrades on our current center backs. With Luis out to injury or not, they must start. If they can’t start, then,why did Arsenal buy them? Let’s be a lot more positive.

  2. ken1945 says:

    Agree Wayne and, with no disrespect to Fulham, they are a better team to faces with our new signings than, say, pool or city.

    Real shame about AMN as well, but I expect to see us attacking from the first minute – who will be in goal?

    1. Sid says:

      What happened to AMN?

  3. Abiola says:

    My lineup against Fulham:
    MARTINEZ
    SALIBA HOLDING TIRNEY

    BELLERIN SAKA

    XHAKA CEBALLOS

    PEPE LACA ABAM

    SUBSTITUTIONS: WILLIAN, TOREIRA, GABRIEL

  4. Atid says:

    Leno
    Bellerin Saliba Holding Tierney
    Xhaka Ceballos
    Willian
    Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang

    Martinez, Maintland-Niles, Gabriel, Saka, Willock, Nelson, Nketiah

    1. Sulaiman ayuba says:

      This one is ok

  5. David Palmer says:

    What about Pablo Mari???

    1. Unge says:

      Returns to full training early october

  6. Unge says:

    I feel its going to be the three of Saliba,Holding to his right,Tierney to his left

  7. abdulganiyyu says:

    My line up: martinez,teirney saliba holding cedric.xhaka elneny.ozil auba laca pepe.

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