Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka have both been passed fit for this weekend’s trip to Anfield.
After missing the opening game against Newcastle due to the security situation that also affected Sead Kolasinac, the Germany international then sat out the Burnley victory due to illness. Xhaka, who picked up bruising to his back and legs at St James’ Park, has also recovered.
It leaves Unai Emery with a selection headache. Will the Spaniard stick with the trio who excelled last Saturday – Dani Ceballos, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi – or will he mix things up?
He also has a decision as to whether to start Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian was bright in his first home game for the club but could be retained as a weapon off the bench given he’s minimal pre-season.
Assuming we stick with a four-man backline, there’s little reason to change the defensive personnel.
Arsenal’s latest medical bulletin confirms that Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin and Dinos Mavropanos are still working their way back to full fitness.
It also says that Emile Smith Rowe is hoping to participate in full training by the end of August, which is a bit odd given he played and scored for the under-23s the other day.