Arsenal got their new season off to the best start possible with a 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
Despite also starting last season with a win there’s a different feel to this Gunners side under Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard has won two trophies since arriving and mood in the camp is good.
Not only has he brought in good names such as Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, who both shone on their debuts, but he also managed to persuade Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit his future to the club.
What’s remarkable still, is that Arsenal recorded the impressive win over Fulham with seven first team stars out injured.
David Luiz: Expected return date: 22 September. The Brazilian suffered a neck injury during Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool.
The Gunners confirmed he would miss Fulham but added he has responded well to treatment.
Emile Smith Rowe: Expected return date: 3 October
On loan at Huddersfield last season and hoping to make an impact for Arsenal this term.
Smith Rowe, however, will have to wait after struggling with a shoulder problem.
His protective sling should be removed in a few days but he’ll need a few weeks to get back up to speed. Depending on fitness could play sooner.
Pablo Mari: Expected return date: October
Despite playing only a handful of games due to injury problems last season Arsenal tied down the defender permanently. Has this come back to bite them already?
His injury came at the end of last season against Man City and he is only now in the recovery stage.
Outside and running and strengthening will be needed before he can return.
Calum Chambers: Expected return date: October.
Another one of the many defenders Arsenal have sidelined. Chambers has been out for some time after rupturing his ACL against Chelsea in December.
He is closing in on a return, though, with Arsenal confirming the centre-back is running outside and doing ball work.
Gabriel Martinelli: Expected return date: January
The Brazil wonderkid is out until the end of the year. Martinelli, a favourite among the Gunners fans, suffered a nasty knee cartilage injury.
He should hopefully be back in training by December and playing in the new year.
Shkodran Mustafi: Expected return date: October