Arsenal v Liverpool

The Gunners face a familiar problem of not having enough defenders for their match against Liverpool in the Premier League at the Emirates on Sunday.

It feels like a tired old cliche when talking about injury problems at Arsenal, but once again they find themselves short of personnel.

Centre-backs Per Mertesacker (knee) and Gabriel (ankle) are both unavailable for the clash while Laurent Koscielny did not play a single pre-season friendly after being granted extended leave following the European Championships.

Calum Chambers and Rob Holding have been used at the heart of the Gunners defence throughout the off-season and are likely to feature once again this weekend.

"I have a few options at the back that you have seen in pre-season," manager Arsene Wenger said before the match. "It's basically the players we have available, that are quite young. But they want to do well."

Olivier Giroud is not expected to play for the same reason as Koscielny, while Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson are also both unavailable due to knee injuries.

Liverpool look in much better shape with just Daniel Sturridge and James Milner in doubt for the trip to the Emirates, while Dejan Lovren and Marko Grujic are expected to play after returning to training this week.

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