With the start of the Premier League mere days away Mikel Arteta’s squad is looking in as reasonable condition as could realistically be hoped for given the burden Arsenal have carried since football returned in June.
Just four first team players have been confirmed as doubts for the start of the season with no new injuries having been picked up during the summer break and pre-season.
Indeed to further improve the options available to Arteta when
the new season kicks off on Saturday away to Fulham, Dani Ceballos will be available from the offset. Though the 24-year-old only flew in from Spain last week he was part of a bubble with Real Madrid, meaning he did not need to quarantine.
With a quartet of options unavailable, including three centre-backs, Arteta will welcome all the reinforcements he can get, including Gabriel Magalhaes, signed from Lille for £25million. With several senior options still unavailable for Arsenal, the Brazilian may have to step into a significant role from early on.
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The Spaniard suffered a season-ending ankle injury early in his third game as an Arsenal player, limping out of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City after just 24 minutes. Still the Gunners had seen enough on the training ground and in his previous two games – wins over Portsmouth and West Ham prior to lockdown – to activate the £8million purchase option and make him a permanent addition to their squad.
Mari underwent surgery on his ankle and carried out successful rehabilitation work at the Recover medical centre in Cambrils which allowed Arsenal to push forward the timescale of his recovery.
A return to full training is expected to come later this month though with an…