William Saliba and Rob Holding are in line to start Arsenal ’s Premier League opener at Fulham on Saturday.
The Gunners get their season underway just weeks after clinching the FA Cup with a win over Chelsea at Wembley and want to get off to a good start.
Mikel Arteta will be hoping to improve on the club’s disappointing league finish last term and he has strengthened in some key areas this summer.
His team improved defensively as last season progressed but the Spaniard knew he need to make reinforcements at the back.
And Saliba, who joined last summer but was immediately loaned back to Saint Etienne for the season, could be in line for his competitive debut at Craven Cottage.
That is because of worries surrounding the fitness of David Luiz, with reports that he could be out for up to four weeks with a neck injury.
Luiz featured for Arsenal in their Community Shield win over Liverpool, lining up in a back three alongside Holding and Kieran Tierney.
But his absence could mean Saliba is line to start against Fulham, alongside those two again if Arteta continues with a back three.
New signing Gabriel Magalhaes is also available after joining from Lille but the Premier League opener may come to soon for him.
He only began training this week after having to quarantine following his £25million move and so may not be risked just yet.
Elsewhere, Shkodran Mustafi and new signing Pablo Mari are out injured and Calum Chambers has only recently returned to training.
And Sokratis may have played his final game for the Gunners with interest from Serie A side Napoli.
It all means that Saliba will likely be handed a Premier League debut for his new club.
Arteta will be hoping for Luiz to return to the fold sooner rather than late so he has as many centre-back options available to him.
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