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Bellerin, Alexandre Arnold to miss season opener


– Arsenal and Liverpool face a possible absence of key full backs Bellerin and Trent Alexandre Arnold respectively

– Arsenal will take confidence from the fact that they beat Liverpool late last season in the Premier League

– The Community Shield is set to be an attacking rivalry between the likes of Aubameyang and Salah

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Arsenal battle Premier League champions Liverpool at Wembley Stadium for the first title of the 2020-21 season.

The Gunners emerged FA Cup winners last campaign after beating London rivals Chelsea in the final of the oldest cup competition in England.

Mikel Arteta’s men will now be hoping they can continue from where they stopped on Saturday, August 29 when they battle with the Reds.

Ahead of the big game, the Gunners have had only a handful of training sessions in preparation for the clash.

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For that particular reason, it is rather difficult to predict which starting 11 manager Mikel Arteta will go for on the day, although there are some obvious notable names who will take part.

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Arteta won the FA Cup within the first eight months in charge of Arsenal. Photo: Getty Images.
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Fans will be particularly eager to see if new signing Willian, who joined on a free transfer from Chelsea, will get the nod.

Several Arsenal players were also ushered into mandatory quarantine after the returning from holiday.

In goal, keeper Bernd Leno is looking set to start ahead of Emiliano Martinez who had to isolate for a few days.

Defender William Saliba could possibly make his debut in a back three that might involve a partnership with Rob Holding and David Luiz.

Hector Bellerin was conspicuously absent from Arsenal’s recent friendly against MK Dons, and this could mean Cedric Soares could instead start at wingback while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who just turned 23, might start on his birthday.

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Arsenal’s midfield options are rather narrow after Dani Ceballos left the club, meaning Granit Xhaka might possibly start with Joe Willock in the holding positions.

Alexandre Lacazzette was also absent from the squad which played MK Dons, an indication that perhaps Eddie Nketiah might get the nod upfront.

The full predicted line up for Arsenal: (3-4-3): Leno; Saliba, Holding, Luiz; Cedric, Willock, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Saka, Nketiah, Aubameyang

For Liverpool, their biggest worry would be the possible absence of Trent Alexandre Arnold who missed the team’s pre-season through injury.

Otherwise, Jurgen Klopp’s men are looking as strong as ever and will certainly mount a challenge against the Gunners.

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Xhaka is highly likely to start in the middle in the community shield. Photo: Getty Images.
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Full Predicted Liverpool starting line-up Alisson; Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Brewster, Mane.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsenal have reached an agreement with both Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares to join the club on a permanent basis after both stars came in on loan last January.

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The Spanish center-back and the Portuguese wing-back have improved in the course of eight months which has now earned them secured contracts with the Gunners.

Mari signed from Brazilian side Flamengo after helping them win the Copa Libertadores and played in the World Club Cup final, losing to Liverpool.

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