Arsenal face Lyon tomorrow in the Emirates Cup tounament and the London club are buoyed by a slew of signings announced this week. Talented French defender William Saliba arrived from Saint-Etienne while Real Madrid ace Dani Ceballos joined in a season long loan.
The apparent arrival of Nicolas Pepe has also changed the dynamic of the team ahead of the Emirates Cup clash. Despite this, Arsenal are close to a clean bill of health ahead of the game on Sunday.
Unai Emery is expected to have a full strength squad to pick from apart from long-term absentees Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding.
Bellerin suffered a left knee injury in January in the derby against Chelsea. According to the update on the club’s website the right fullback has started some fitness work in the gym as part of his recovery process.
Holding has been out since last December after suffering a freak knee injury against Manchester United. The English defender has already begun on-field rehabilitation and could be fit for the start of the season.
Save for these two absentees, Emery has no injury problems, but the issue of club captain Laurent Koscielny continues to generate controversy.
The Frenchman refused to travel for the pre-season tour and Unai Emery has confirmed that he would not be part of the team until the situation is resolved.