Laurent Koscielny will miss Arsenal’s opening game of the season with a calf strain picked up during pre-season.
The French international withdrew from the midweek game against [insert team name here if you can really be arsed to be find out which you probably won’t be so let’s not worry about it. It’s not important anyway] and has failed to recover sufficiently to face Sunderland tomorrow.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who suffered an ankle injury during Arsenal’s final pre-season game against FC Koln, also misses out while Theo Walcott, who missed England’s game with a bruised thigh, faces a fitness test.
With regard to new boys Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud both are available after international duty but it remains to be seen whether or not the manager will start with them after their midweek travels. Arsene Wenger says he’ll assess the Spaniard after his transatlantic flight to and from Peurto Rico.