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Arsenal kick off their 2016/2017 Premier League season with a crucial clash against arch rivals Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium this Sunday.
Arsene Wenger’s men go into the match against Jurgen Klopp’s men in high spirit after thrashing Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side 3-2 in a friendly match last weekend.
The Gunners have been made favourites to win the match against the Kops and despite Wenger only bringing in just one super star summer signing in the person of Granit Xhaka, Arsenal have been handed the best odds for the upcoming season; something which many fans have argued giving the manager’s quiet approach in the transfer market.
Arsenal have major injury problems at the back with Wenger expected to go into the match with a rather unexperienced defensive side.
“Gabriel has an ankle problem, and will be out for six to eight weeks. It is a bit better than we feared at the start.” Wenger told Arsenal media when asked about the latest injury to Gabriel ahead of the Liverpool clash.
On Jack Wilshere, Wenger said: “Jack is doing well, but he will be short for Sunday. He is back in training but will not be completely ready for Sunday.”
On Jenkinson: “Carl is doing well, and he should be back in November. He is on schedule for his return.”
“We had very good news on Danny’s latest scan and Per is at the moment off his feet for three weeks, so of course if is a bit boring for him. He is with his family in Hannover, but on the football front he is very frustrated. We think it will be four to five months for both players.” Wenger added when asked about the long term injuries to captain Per Mertesacker and striker Danny Welbeck.
Klopp on the other hand, is having his cup full as well with injuries to several key players ahead of their trip to the Capital.
“On Wednesday he [Daniel Sturridge] could train. On Thursday, he felt [it] a little bit so we will have to see,” Klopp told reporters.
“Of course, he had a few days where he couldn’t train and that’s not too good for the Arsenal game, but we have other players who are available and that’s good for us.
“Hopefully it stays like this and we can give Daniel enough time so that when he is fit again, he can then become match fit in the next few days. There are a lot of games to play.
“It is nothing serious with him, but it was enough to get him out of training and so now we have to see. It’s how I always say, we have to think about the players that are available at the moment and all the other guys have to work as hard as possible to become fit again.
“With Millie [James Milner] we have to wait.
“It’s better than we all expected after the [Barcelona] game when we saw him walking out of the stadium on crutches – that’s not the best picture you want to see after a game.
“On Sunday he felt better, on Monday he felt better. It’s a bruise in the heel, so that’s really painful and I can say that when it is too painful for Millie, then it’s really painful.
“[We will take] no risk at the moment, we have to wait until everybody says we can go on and that’s what we’ll do.
“Dejan [Lovren] has been completely normal in training, Marko [Grujic] was back in training on Thursday, it was not serious as I mentioned after the game – painful but not serious.”
The two teams will be looking to do one over the other to set a good tone going into the new season.
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