Arsene Wenger is longing to right his wrong of last season that saw the Gunners failed to qualify for the Champions League. To be able to stage a fight for the title, among new signings, Wenger will be hoping that all his key players are fit for their duration of the campaign.
Ahead of the upcoming season, Arsenal have begun preparations but the Gunners fans appear to be a tad downbeat following the availability of some key players.
While the news of Alexandre Lacazette and that of Sead Kolasinac was soothing, there seem to be doubts over the availability of some key central defenders for Arsenal’s opening fixtures. Despite the plethora of options available to Arsene Wenger, his team may be threadbare in defense when the season starts.
Arsenal will be without Captain Laurent Koscielny in the Gunners League opener against Leicester City on the 11th of August. The French centre-back picked up a Red card in the Gunners final game of last season against Everton and so, he will not feature in the first two games of the season for Arsenal.
Calum Chambers and Rob Holding featured for England in the European U21 Championship while Shkodran Mustafi played a part in Germany’s conquest of the FIFA Confederation’s Cup game in Russia. They have not made the trip to Australia and their return is uncertain.
The injury picked up by Gabriel Paulista makes him a doubt, as well as Hector Bellerin who was also given time to recover after his exploits at the Euro U21. Per Mertesacker and Carl Jenkinson are left as the pair for the CB position.
We are likely to see Nacho Monreal or the drafting of Krystian Bielik at the heart of defense for Arsenal.