Arsene Wenger has said today that Arsenal’s German trio of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski will not be available for the start of the Premier League season.
Despite previous advice from the Arsenal press office that the BFG may well be used against Crystal Palace, the boss has more or less ruled that out today, saying, “Our World Cup winners are back on the 11th August. They will miss the start of the Premier League.
“You have the choice – you get them back very quickly and you lose them in October, or you give them a needed rest to build them up again.
“They have an individual programme that they follow so they could be very quick.”
While we’re well covered for Podolski and even Ozil, with Thomas Vermaelen set to leave the club in the near future, it does leave us relatively short at centre-half.
New boy Calum Chambers was deployed there in the Emirates Cup and unless a new signing is made in the wake of Vermaelen’s departure, he could well be thrown in at the deep end as the new campaign begins.
However, Wenger hinted at more business so we could well see the Belgian go, and somebody new come in.