We’ve already had a bit of a medical update, providing us with the bad news that Ainsley Maitland-Niles has suffered a fracture to his fibula and will miss 6-8 weeks due to the injury.
But Unai Emery provided greater detail about his team ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as the Gunners look to get some points on the board following the opening day defeat to Man City.
First of all, there’s the issue of who will play at left back, and it’s between two experienced players for the position.
“After this injury [to Maitland-Niles], I tried with Lichtsteiner, who is a player with experience,” said the Spaniard.
“He can play at left back but his position in the team is more at right back. This week Nacho Monreal is working every day, training every day with us.
“The two options we have now are Nacho Monreal and Lichtsteiner to continue in this position.”
The new boss also revealed that Petr Cech would continue in goal, despite finding it difficult at times with the ball at his feet against City.
“I am very happy with his performance,” he said the former Czech international. “He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity.
“Also, with Bernd Leno [it’s the same]. They are two goalkeepers who are important for us.
“They have different qualities but for us in the way we want to play, they can [both] play. For Saturday, the decision for me is easy. Petr Cech can continue to start the match, I believe in him.
“If Bernd starts, I believe in him also.”
How Cech, and all of us, would relish a clean sheet on his return to Stamford Bridge. We’re overdue a result there, Saturday would be a good time to put that right.