Ahead of the new season, Arsenal have already been marred with injuries to as many as four first-team players. The Gunners are in fix now since only three days remain in their trip to Crystal Palace for the opening fixture, Manager Mikel Arteta wouldn’t have forgotten his side’s 3-0 loss away to Palace season which ultimately cost them a top four finish.
Heading to Selhurst Park with a depleted squad would further increase the chances of a repeat of the result from the last season for Arsenal. Arteta has demanded a solid squad depth with new signings, after injuries to crucial players at the important time last season blew away the club’s Champions League hopes.
Mikel Arteta to head to Selhurst Park with new signings amidst injury crisis
According to PA Sport’s Mark-Mann Bryans, Arsenal will be without playmaker Emile Smith Rowe for weekend’s trip to Palace. The midfielder has sustained a groin injury which kept him out of the club’s entire preseason. Smith Rowe was crucial to Arsenal’s 21/22 EPL campaign, scoring 10 goals and assisting 2 in 33 appearances. He is expected to make a comeback to training next week added the journalist.
Elsewhere, Football London report that first-choice left-back Keiran Tierney will be absent as well from the team. The Scotland international underwent a knee surgery last month and won’t be able to gain full fitness in time for the Palace clash. Tierney’s time at the club has been crippled by constant injuries, forcing him to miss almost 50 games in just three seasons at the club.
Arsenal’s full-back crisis further worsens with right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu also not available for selection. The 23-year-old recruit from last summer also missed the club’s preseason and now looks set to sit out the league opener. New signing from this summer, Fabio Vieira completes the list of injured absentees for the Palace trip.
Vieira, who was signed from Porto for £31.5 million has had fitness issues as well and trained individually while the club was a away for preseason. Arteta will now be hoping his other summer signings burst onto the seen for Arsenal in their opening fixture.
The Spaniard has the likes Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus to make up for the injured players. While Zinchenko can slot in well at left-back to cover Tierney’s absence, Jesus too can be deployed as a makeshift left-winger where Smith Rowe operates. Nonetheless, the former Man City striker has proved his lethalness upfront, by netting a whopping 7 goals in the preseason.