ARSENAL enjoyed a fruitful summer transfer window, spending big while also remaining within their tight budget.
But now the season gets underway and there could be several absentees for when the Gunners travel to Newcastle United in their Premier League opener.
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MESUT Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not today because of “a credible threat” after their terrifying carjacking, Arsenal revealed on Friday.
The pair were targeted by moped muggers in Golder’s Green, North London, last month.
Neither featured in the Emirates Cup defeat to Lyon the weekend after the attack, following talks with head coach Unai Emery.
But they were expected to be in contention to face Newcastle today in the season opener.
The Sun Online understands the police are investigating a tweet that relates to the incident on July 25.
On the injury front, Alexandre Lacazette is the big concern for the clash against the Magpies, with the physios to assess his right ankle prior to the game.
New £25million signing Kieran Tierney will not be able to make his Arsenal debut, arriving with a groin issue that will see him miss full training for the next four to six weeks.
Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding continue to battle back from long-term injuries, with both expected to miss the next month at least.
Back up centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos and starlet Emile Smith Rowe are both still recovering from groin problems.
Mohamed Elneny is fit, but has only recently from his holiday following participation in the Africa Cup of Nations and is not up to match fitness.
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Will Nicolas Pepe and David Luiz make their debuts?
While Arsenal’s club-record signing Nicolas Pepe is not injured, Unai Emery has already revealed that he will not start against Newcastle.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Spanish boss said: “We are going to start Sunday with players who I am very convinced can perform now at 100 per cent.
“For some, that’s impossible for them to achieve that performance for us because they arrived later or started training with us after injuries.
“He’s been working with us for one week. Also progressively, I want him to feel good with his team-mates, with the coaches and with us training.
“It’s different how we train here compared to how he trained at Lille. I want to give him the best moment to play with us, to make his debut with us.
“Maybe it can be Sunday, but I am going to decide on Sunday.”
As for David Luiz, he has been in training with Chelsea for pre-season, so will be fresh to start the season.
The Brazilian could make his debut against Newcastle, but it remains to be seen if Emery throws his former PSG charge into the mix with just two days of training with his new team.