Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has release the latest team news ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League opener with Liverpool this weekend.
The boss ill-advisedly has confirmed a huge blow with the news the French international Laurent Koscielny is not ready to face the Anfield giants on Sunday afternoon.
The French defender just began his pre-season training at the Emirates stadium after enjoying an extended break following his brilliant performance for his country at the Euro 2016 at France this summer.
Therefore, with just five days training under his belt, the manager has confirmed that the Frenchman would not be fit when Liverpool arrive at the Emirates on Sunday.
Gabriel Paulista is ruled out from the squad for eight weeks and Per Mertersacker out for another four months, it leaves us without our three first choice centre-backs for the opening match against the Anfield giants.
It’s a disastrous situation to be in and now Wenger is going to have to either play youngsters Rob Holding and Calum Chambers or move Nacho Monreal in to the middle of defence.
Theo Walcott or Alexis Sanchez are expected to start up front while Aaron Ramsey could be deployed in a more advanced attacking midfield role in the absence of Ozil.