The Premier League is back so that means it’s team news time and there’s quite a lot going on.
Newbie, Kieran Tierney, will not be involved as he recovers from his surgery in May. “Groin. Will continue to receive treatment and assessments. Hoping to integrate into full training in 4-6 weeks,” an update on Arsenal.com said in contradiction to Neil Lennon’s assurances.
David Luiz is, however, fit and ready to be selected.
Alexandre Lacazette is still suffering from the ankle injury that kept him out of the Barcelona game. “Right ankle. Will continue to be assessed ahead of our forthcoming match at Newcastle,” the Arsenal medical team reported on Friday.
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not travel because they’ve been targeted, yet again, by criminals in one of the most bizarre stories of recent times.
Dani Ceballos will undergo a fitness test following a knock.
Emile Smith Rowe still has a groin problem but is expected back in training in the next fortnight, as does Kostantinos Mavropanos who will be out at least another 6-8 weeks.
Hector Bellerin is still out as he recovers from his ACL injury while Rob Holding is currently back in the first team following his return for the u23s last week. The club expect Bellerin back around October.
Mohamed Elneny is not back to match fitness after his late arrival following the Africa Cup of Nations but as he’s currently on the transfer list it was unlikely he will be involved anyway.
Doubts, also hang over the fitness of record-signing Nicolas Pepe. “Regaining full match fitness following late return from African Cup of Nations. Decision to be made on participation for Sunday,” said the medical team.
- Hector Bellerin (knee)
- Rob Holding (knee)
- Kieran Tierney (groin)
- Emile Smith Rowe (groin)
- Kostantinos Mavropanos (groin)
- Mesut Ozil (safety fears)
- Sead Kolasinac (safety fears)
- Dani Ceballos
- Mohamed Elneny
- Nicolas Pepe
- Alexandre Lacazette
Remember, throughout the season and ahead of games, you can check on the status of Arsenal and opposition players here.