The tale of Arsenal’s season opener in the League has been unimpressive over the years. The latest was a defeat to Aston Villa last season, we hope for a good start. However, Arsenal might be a bit under pressure following the injuries to some key players and the lack of fitness of other first team players.
The Gunners ended their pre-season game on a very positive notes, winning a star-studded Manchester City side. Invariably, this has given the team the psychological balance needed to be able to thump any opposition.
We kick off the season with a game against Liverpool at the Emirates this Sunday but we are without several of our first team players – Oliver Giroud and Lauren Koscielny returned somewhat late due to their extended holidays while Mertesacker, Gabriel and Wishere are out with injuries.
The recent injury to Gabriel Paulista forced Wenger into the transfer market for a centre back. The first player that comes to mind is Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi and we understand that Arsenal have agreed personal terms with the player. The deal is expected to be completed by today but the player will likely be on the bench for the game.
Wenger may have a bit of selection headache in midfield but the attack and defense seems quite thin to make choice from. And so this is how we think Arsenal will line up with Mustafi on the bench.