Arsenal have confirmed that center backs David Luiz and Sokratis will both miss the opening game of the season against Fulham leaving Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with Rob holding as the only experience center back in the squad.
While new boys Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba are both available, the only other natural centre-back with Premier League experience is Rob Holding. It seems unlikely that Arteta will play both of the new boys from the start so that could mean utilising Kieran Tierney on the left side of a three-man backline.
David Luiz is suffering from a neck pain, which e sustained against Liverpool in community shied,but is responding well to treatment while Sokratis, heavily linked with a move to Napoli, has sustained a mild calf strain. Arsenal have three other centre-backs who are also injured. Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers are long-term absentees.
Manager Mikel Arteta have also confirmed that Emile Smith Rowe won’t feature at Craven Cottage. The youngster’s arm is in a sling following a shoulder injury although the prognosis is a swift recovery.
The ‘only’ other absentee is Gabriel Martinelli. His knee problem, which required surgery in July, is set to keep him sidelined until the end of the year.