Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning a major title push this season and the boss is aware of the need to bring in only the best to achieve his target.
Wenger himself confirmed he would sign only “top players” this summer, and this has seen the club linked to an avalanche of star players in recent weeks.
Arsenal have been handed a massive blow ahead of this weekend’ clash with fresh reports that the Gunners will go into the game against Steve McClarens’ side without first choice defensive pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
The pair who were missing in the Gunners goalless draw against Liverpool on Monday night, will not make Arsene Wenger’s squad list this Saturday.
Wenger would once again make do with the nervy defensive partnership of Calum Chambers and Gabriel Paulista, who both deputized for the Gunners for the first time this season against the Reds.
Assistant captain Mertesacker is still out with and unable to train with the team due to Illness, while Frenchman Koscielny is suffering from a back injury said to be causing him a great deal of pain.
Both are not expected to make it back in time to the team in full fitness before this weekend’s clash, and so we would get to witness the same centre-back pairing as Monday’s.