Arsene Wenger says Laurent Koscielny will have a fitness test later today but that the defender is expected to start against Crystal Palace. after recovering from an Achilles problem.
The French international has undergone treatment this week for an Achilles problem picked up in the Community Shield but appears to be on the mend and will likely partner Calum Chambers.
Speaking to media ahead of the season opener, the boss also outlined when he expects World Cup winning trio Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski to be available.
“The Germans are not ready yet – the earliest they could be considered is for Everton.”
It means they’ll miss Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier against Besiktas, however, with the Everton game just eight days away it appears their ‘pre-season’ preparations are being fast-tracked.