Thu. Jun 24th, 2021

Arsenal vs Fulham

The Premier League season is set to kick-off in just a few days’ time.

It will be Arsenal and Fulham who get the English top-flight back underway this coming Saturday.

The Gunners will welcome newly-promoted Fulham to the Emirates for a 12:30 pm kick-off.

The north Londoners will no doubt head into the tie full of confidence, having seen off Chelsea and Liverpool to secure two pieces of silverware last month.

Playing a recently promoted outfit can often be quite a tense experience, though, as how they will react to life in the top-flight can sometimes be hard to gauge, just look at Wolves and Sheffield United as great examples of sides who took the league by storm in their first season back in it.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images )

Luiz an injury concern

Ahead of what should be an entertaining affair, Arsenal appear to have been dealt a big blow.

The blow comes in the form of an injury to David Luiz.

The Brazilian isn’t always the most reliable figure, but he has still formed a key part of the Gunners’ recent set-ups which has seen them enjoy much success.

However, the veteran stopper could now be set for a fairly lengthy spell on the sidelines.

As per David Ornstein of The Athletic, Luiz is a major injury concern for Arsenal ahead of the Fulham clash.

The centre-back is understood to be dealing with a neck issue, which is believed to be preventing him from taking part in full training sessions.

In terms of how long Luiz could potentially be out for, The Athletic report it will largely depend on how the defender responds to treatment.

Though it is also speculated that he may be on the sidelines for around six weeks.

With Luiz injured, Rob Holding is expected to start vs Fulham and also remain at the club for the 2020/21 season – despite previous reports linking him to Newcastle.

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