Much like every season, Arsenal are preparing for a Premier League campaign shockingly unprepared.
As the Mustafi saga rumbles on, the German defender can only serve as a stark reminder that manger Arsene Wenger’s continued transfer dormancy will once again make life more difficult than it should be in North London.
With the Gunners welcoming Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium today, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are handed starting berths in a new look backline.
Bad news for the home side comes in the shape of £30m Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, who will have to wait to make his debut from the bench.
The travelling Reds are of course without Daniel Sturridge, though retain a hugely attacking side as Jurgen Klopp kicks off his first full season in charge.
Hugely expensive Sadio Mane, the club’s marquee signing this summer, is handed a debut against a home side whose injury crisis could see them struggle to deal with his pace.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 14, 2016
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 14, 2016