Arsenal face Liverpool in the Community Shield this weekend in what is the traditional curtain-raiser for the season, so who is fit to play?

Arsenal's English defender Rob Holding (L) clashes with Liverpool's Senegalese striker Sadio Mane during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 15, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English defender Rob Holding (L) clashes with Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 15, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)

Although the Premier League doesn’t start for another two weeks, the Community Shield starts us of this weekend, giving neither Arsenal nor Liverpool much time to get prepared.

Going into theis game Arsenal are in the unusual position of haing fewer injuries than their opponents with Arsenal one of the worst hit by physical issues over the last few seasons and Liverpool one of the best teams at keeping their players fit.

Arsenal injuries

Gabriel Martinelli after surgery
Gabriel Martinelli after surgery

Arsenal have four players out.

None of those four are expected back any time soon with Mari to be in training in September and the rest following after that.

Martinelli will be watching the match from his home in Brazil as he’s not due back in London until 31 August and is out until at least the end of 2020.

You can view more information on Arsenal’s current injuries here.

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Liverpool injuries

Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reacts after picking up an injury during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Liverpool’s English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reacts after picking up an injury during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Liverpool have seven players out:

  • Joel Matip (ankle)
  • Jordan Henderson (knee)
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (undisclosed)
  • Harry Wilson (undisclosed)
  • Virgil van Dijk (head/face) – should be fit to play
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee)
  • Ki-Jana Hoever (ankle)
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