Two days to go and it’s still very quiet.
A couple of stories to get us going this morning though. First, via David Ornstein in The Athletic (£), news of a potential injury to David Luiz which could keep him out for an ‘extended period’, but which is also going to be assessed ahead of Fulham on Saturday. He has a neck problem, picked up during the Community Shield, and exacerbated during training.
If he is missing, we could see a baptism of fire for at least one of our new centre-halves for the Premier League opener, depending on what formation we play, of course. Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi are still out injured, so that would leave us with Rob Holding, William Saliba, Gabriel and Sokratis to choose from. The latter is still with us, he was in the media day pictures yesterday, so as long as that’s the case, he could be an option for the manager on Saturday.
We could throw out a back three of Holding, Sokratis and Kieran Tierney, who has featured in that role regularly of late, but it will be interesting to see if Arteta is ready to play his €30m signing, or the club’s £28m signing from last summer. When you think about it, the fees we’ve…