Arsenal may be without a number of key players for the 2022/23 Premier League opening clash against Crystal Palace.
It’s a game that is of significant significance to the Gunners, having lost to Croydon in the final part of last season when Patrick Vieira’s side beat Mikel Arteta’s side three times with no response.
This time around, however, the North Londoners appear to be in a better position on the pitch to right the wrongs of what happened at Selhurst Park in 2021/22.
Arteta’s side have been in sparkling form in pre-season, scoring big wins in the trial against Chelsea and, most recently, Sevilla in the Emirates Cup. The five new recruits Edu provided the Spaniard provided much-needed optimism in the fan base that is still hurt by Tottenham beating them in the top four last season.
Among the new signings, Gabriel Jesus looks like a steal already at £ 45m, especially considering he scored seven goals in pre-season.
Palace will certainly fear the Brazilian, but Vieira’s side will know that, despite the heavy favorites their London counterparts are wearing to collect the three points on Friday night, there are some injury issues that could tip the pendulum in their favor.
This is because more players like Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney and Fabio Vieira doubt they will arrive in time to start the season due to various injury problems.
Worrying for Arsenal, Hale End Academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe can now be added to the absentee list as the 21-year-old is reportedly still suffering from a “groin” injury before the start. of the season and was therefore deemed “unsuitable” to form the traveling team.
This is according to Mark Mann-Bryans of PA Sport who tweeted: “Emile Smith Rowe is not in shape for the start of the new Premier League season. The groin injury keeps him out, but he should return to training at a certain point next week.