According to The Athletic, David Luiz is a doubt for Arsenal’s season opener with Fulham after picking up a neck injury in training.
David Ornstein writes that there’s a chance the problem could keep the Brazil international sidelined for ‘an extended period’ but that he could be fine if he ‘responds to treatment’. I think we can agree that’s the definition of hedging your bets.
EXCL: David Luiz a major doubt for Arsenal trip to Fulham with neck injury that could rule him out for an extended period. Depends how responds to treatment but very delicate + likely to be a late decision on Brazilian centre-back @TheAthleticUK #AFC #FFC https://t.co/fczvQ1l74L
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 9, 2020
A video of Arsenal training this morning, filmed by Sky Sports, appears to corroborate Luiz’s absence.
Guendouzi & Ozil train with Arsenal with their futures at the club still in doubt! pic.twitter.com/cgTOqz7GIN
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 9, 2020
The Gunners are already missing Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers due to long-term injuries and Sokratis is believed to be on the verge of a move out of the club.
Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba are fit for selection but Mikel Arteta may be reticent to start the new boys together so early.
That could mean Kieran Tierney is asked to feature in a three-man backline with Rob Holding, who now appears set to stay at the club for the year despite interest from Newcastle, also featuring.
Most of Arsenal’s players, even those who played last night for their country, reported for training this morning.
After promising that all his players had a fresh start ahead of the new season, the lesser spotted Matteo Guendouzi, fresh from captaining France under21s to two victories, took part. As did Mesut Ozil, who has featured in a couple of pre-season friendlies.