Dinos Mavropanos will be out of action for up to eight more weeks as he battles a recurrence of the groin problem which plagued him last season.
The Greek defender played no part in pre-season due to the problem, and now faces another spell on the sidelines before he’s ready to play. It also scuppers the possibility of a loan move before the transfer window closes.
Beyond that decisions will be made closer to Sunday over the participation of Alexandre Lacazette and new signing Nicolas Pepe.
The Frenchman is suffering with an ankle problem that has bothered him throughout the summer, while the former Lille man is only just beginning his physical preparation having been on holidays following the African Cup of Nations.
Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are continuing their rehab after cruciate knee ligament injuries last season, while Emile Smith Rowe is close to a return from a groin strain.
New signings Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and David Luiz are all in contention for a place in Sunday’s squad, but Kieran Tierney will miss out due to injury.
Unai Emery will update further at his press conference this afternoon, and we’ll have all the news for you right here.