The Gunners have had a fantastic pre-season. Apart from one defeat against Brentford in a game where none of our key stars played, we won every single fixture – including two massive victories against Champions League sides Chelsea and Sevilla.
New signing Gabriel Jesus has been the star of the show in our pre-season, and we can’t wait to see him in action when the new season kicks off on Friday. However, four first-team players are expected to miss out due to injury.
Arsenal injury news: Four key stars set to miss Crystal Palace clash
Arsenal were without four injured first-team stars in our 6-0 win over Sevilla in the Emirates Cup last weekend – Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney and Fabio Vieira.
All of those players are set to miss our Premier League opener as well, according to London World.
Vieira is yet to play a game in Arsenal’s colours since his big move to the Emirates from Porto this summer. The other, have three had their fair share of problems with injuries since last season.
The news report claims that Tomiyasu, Tierney and Smith Rowe are all expected to return to action when we take on Leicester City on the 13th of August. Vieira, on the other hand, is only set to come back a week later.
Predicted Arsenal XI vs Crystal Palace
Arsenal are yet to confirm the status of the above four injured players. That does give us some hope ahead of the first game of the new season. Our starting XI without them, however, is still pretty solid.
Aaron Ramsdale is set to start in goal, and if pre-season is anything go by, we’ll see a back-four of Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The rest of our side picks itself. Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are expected to start behind Martin Odegaard in the middle of the park, while our front three will most likely be Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka.
That really is a strong lineup. Hopefully, we can get the job done!