Arsenal are set to be without a host of first-team players for their opening weekend fixture against Liverpool.
The club host Jurgen Klopp’s side on the first Sunday of the league season, and had already had Per Mertesacker ruled out through injury.
However, speaking after Arsenal’s friendly win over Viking, Arsene Wenger confirmed that other members of the club’s first-team squad would also not play.
Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud will not play the game, after being left at home following their extended post-Euro 2016 rest.
“The Liverpool game will come too early for them,” Wenger admitted, referring to the aforementioned trio of players.
Wenger did have better news on the fitness of Jack Wilshere: “Wilshere has started to run today so it’s very short-term. He will train with us next week.”
Still, it’s unlikely that he will start against Liverpool.
That leaves Wenger likely to pick Theo Walcott as a striker, days after he declared that he wanted to play on the right wing again.
Arsenal’s central defensive partnership is likely to consist of Gabriel Paulista and Rob Holding. Strap in.