The 34-year-old has recently had surgery on his knee, which he injured in a game for the Czech Republic against Iceland back in June. This will rule him out for a minimum of three months, and put a dent in the Gunners’ hopes of making a quick start to their campaign.
Jack Wilshere is also on the sidelines, but there is some good news. Hector Bellerin should be able to play against Crystal Palace on Sunday, meaning that Mathieu Debuchy could well be left out of the starting line up. The 20-year-old was a revelation for the North Londoners last season, winning his place in the side while Debuchy was injured.
Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez could play a larger part in the game this weekend. The Chilean was only able to come off the bench against West Ham in the opening game of the season, making little impact in the 2-0 defeat. Fans will be hoping he can do better next time round against the Eagles.