Arsenal line up vs Fulham predicted with Mikel Arteta to hand out debuts

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has a number of options to choose from when selecting his team to face Fulham in the Gunners’ first game of the new Premier League season.

They have made a number of signings this summer, making Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares’ loan moves permanent, bringing in Willian on a free transfer and forking out over £20m for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

William Saliba is also in contention for a competitive debut, after spending last season on loan at Saint-Etienne.

One of the most difficult decisions Arteta has to make is in between the sticks, with Bernd Leno now fit and Emiliano Martinez impressing in the German’s absence.

William Saliba is in line for a competitive debut against Fulham
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Martinez was given the nod in Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool and, despite speculation linking him with a move away, the Argentinian is in possession and it would be harsh to drop him back to the bench.

Arteta is expected to continue with the back five system which served him so well post-lockdown but will be without David Luiz, who suffered a neck spasm against Liverpool, and Sokratis, who has a calf strain.

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Willian could also start for Arsenal
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