Report: Luiz to miss season opener with neck problem

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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.

A video of Arsenal training this morning, filmed by Sky Sports, appears to corroborate Luiz’s absence.

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.

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beNZed

Bit of a stretch … but a missed opportunity for some form of Braz-Neck / brass neck gag.

C.B.

Luiz giving away six penalties last season was a pain in the neck for all of us, now he knows how it feels.

TeeCee

More of a pain in The Arse actually…

myrtle

A bit of a stretch is what caused it buddy

AlexNuggz

Can’t wait till Saturday! Lets start the season off nicely win 3 points and a clean sheet 🙂

Qwaliteee

No Mustafi and now no Luiz.

Your dreams of a clean sheet might not be entirely unfounded…

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Unleash Sabriel on them!

Qwaliteee

Exactly.

I agree a back three might be the best way to give them some debut breathing space, but there’s no reason why both players shouldn’t play.

Qwaliteee

Who the hell could down vote this – other than one of Mustafi’s brain dead disciples.

Onye Igbo

Fat gunner of course ???

Scott P
Roof_attack

is it any good ? never heard of it.

Scott P

I first read it when I was in middle school, so it’s not particularly challenging or high literature or anything. But I recently read the whole series again and it’s still very entertaining fantasy. The author does a great job of building the world and keeping a high pace. Would recommend 🙂

backsakacrack

6’4 Willy incoming!

Qwaliteee

I hope so. He’s in my fantasy side.

4.5m folks. An absolute bargain.

Crash Fistfight

You’re not a RHLSTP fan, are you?

goongot

Am glad guendouzi is back. lacks positional discipline but if he keeps his focus, he’ll get there.

Qwaliteee

Never mind him, get Mesut Ozil back in the thick of it.

Form is temporary, class is forever. ?

Hail Gus!

Oh yes, Scrapper Özil, he loves being in the thick of it.. especially if it’s a mid-week game up north somewhere – good call! ?

Public Elneny

He has 2 types of poor positioning imo. Firstly he makes a lot of unnecessary runs and pops up in odd areas of the pitch, taking himself out of the game completely when we lose it. But there’s also his awkward body position and shape whenever he challenges someone, either running at him or with their back to him – he’s very square on and easy to turn. He also needs to learn to evade pressure better and be more efficient with his touches. Compared to Xhaka for instance, clunky as he can sometimes be on the ball, has a… Read more »

Crash Fistfight

I thought you were talking about Luiz for a second, before I re-read the post above.

Public Elneny

I wouldn’t know where to start with his faults!

(although his strengths often make up for them tbf)

Warthog

Spot on! His main job is positional discipline and awareness as a DM.

In 56 league matches, he has produced 0 goals and 1 assist. We only win 43% of the time with him on the pitch.

The City matches sum it all up. He plays in the 3-0 loss and KDB has a field day. He doesn’t play the next 2 and KDB is mostly silent. Not a coincidence.

Teryima Adi

We had our Corporal Niles to mark De Bruyne in those two instances Guendouzi didn’t play against City.

Group Captain Mandrake

Well, yeah. If one player doesn’t play, another has to. That’s kind of how it works. The point is that AMN did a much better job marking KDB out of the game.

Kostas

What do you think?
Thumbs up for back 3
thumbs down for back 4

Qwaliteee

Yeah, a back three. The new lads plus either Tierney or Rob Holding.

Artitty

Got saliba in my fantasy premier league, hope it’s a back three

And the win too of course.

TheLimpBar

W M

Tim

I think you should save this type of shit for another site.

Biggles

This is why we have a squad.

Qwaliteee

Yes Biggles.

Now stop trying to sell everyone off! We ain’t THAT poor!! ?

SB Still

No demand for French U21 captain? Come on Emery, what are you waiting for?

Qwaliteee

No opening day blunders or red cards.

Damn.

Archer

Maybe we should send him on a season long loan.

T.A.

Under Arteta we beat Liverpool, ManC and Chelsea, but we struggled horribly with the lower league teams. Our midfield was the main problem and that has not changed. I won’t take Fulham for granted.

Qwaliteee

Our midfield was NOT our main problem! Our defence – particularly our central defence has been our problem. For the past decade. Soft Goals R Us. No team conceded as many goals from set pieces as Mustafi and Co. last season. Too many people have an obsession with a midfield that already has Ozil, Pepe, Ceballos, Xhaka, Torreira, Saka and Martinelli – and yes, even lesser talents like Willian, Guendouzi and Willock. With a decent defence now behind them, enabling them to play, that should be more than enough to create chances in the channels for Auba, Laca, Eddie and… Read more »

T.A.

I agree that our defence needed a boost and we got it though Saliba and Gabriel will take time to gel and they are still quite young in a position that requires experience. But I believe that so many of the crosses leading to goals or passes into the area went through the midfield way too easily. This was especially true of the lower league teams in which we came out to play. I think our defence has been crying for a strong DM for some time now.

FrostyM

Liverpool ×2… ?

iGooner

What is Arsenal if there’s no injury?

Paul Roberts

I noticed Xhaka in trainers not training in the training pics. Injured?

Crisby Pancakes

Nah, he was given the day off due to the 2 international games he played but he still came in anyway to be around the team.

Vonnie

Played both internationals for Switzerland, was apparently given the day off but pitched up to watch anyway. There’s lots of positivity at the club with Arteta, it’s nice to see.

Alex

Same for Leno, but no one noticed this…..

PeteyB

Dunno, hard to pay attention since the guy reporting reminded me too much of Alan Partridge.

allezkev

Good to see Chambers back training in the group, he did quite well under Arteta before injury.

Juruff

HA HA, Remember Arseblog comments , something like “we have trillion central defenders..” .
Apparently, not that much right now 😉
Guess SOMEONE jinxed it again 😀

Roof_attack

only Arsenal could have an abundance of CB’s , and then have to play a LB at CB! but he does do a banging job , so fair fucks.

Teryima Adi

We could be in for an Ozil and Guendouzi revival. You never know.

Biggles

We can hope, who knows as you say. It would be great for everybody if Ozil in particular could actually kick a ball in anger (and not only in a friendly) for the club on a few occasions at least. It would ease – but only to a minuscule degree – his reported £18.5 million a season salary, wouldn’t it.

T.A.

Ozil has really done nothing wrong. He’s trained, sat on the bench when required, and posted two nice congratulatory notes to his teammates when we won the Cup and Shield. Guendouzi, on the other hand, threw one fit after another and posted a vacation picture without even mentioning the cup win. I think it would not be good to forgive this. I haven’t even quite forgiven Xhaka. I say do whatever is possible to get rid of him.

GoonerBot

Surely a big miss

Joel

I think David Luiz should be converted to a standing 4. Luiz is fluid, a good passer of the ball and can be solid. There’s no need of buying Thomas from Athletico.

Arsenal needs another creative midfielder if Ozil won’t be available rather than buying a 4 if they can convert Luiz.
My opinion anyways.

Santori

Which means 3 relatively new Cbacks to bed in. There’s risk. And if we should fool around try and generate income by selling Bellerin, that’s even more unknowns at fullback. Neither Soares nor AMN have shown sustain success in the positions. We are not thinking correctly. I would sell one of the keepers and one of Auba and Laca (whoever fetches higher price) Then hopefully peripherals can generate 40m. Torreira 22m interest seems stalled. Kolasinac cannot be sold if we sell Bellerin otherwise maybe 12m We don’t seem to have good direction in Sales. But we are also risking at… Read more »