Will Hughes reportedly gave an explanation for his desire to leave Crystal Palace and why he was unable to play in the upcoming game. It was now time for him to unwind because it had been a while.
Arsenal are preparing for their second game of the new Premier League season as they make the short trip across London to face Crystal Palace on Monday night.
The Gunners got their season off to a decent start with a win over Nottingham Forest, though they did make hard work of it at times. Eddie Nketiah’s opener was followed up by a stunning strike from Bukayo Saka to give the north London outfit a two-goal lead at half-time.
After the break, there was concern for Jurrien Timber as the new signing from Ajax went to ground holding his right knee after a tackle on Brennan Johnson. He had to be taken off and it was later confirmed the Dutch international suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury, which will rule him out for most of, if not the full season.
The home side struggled to pick their momentum back up and were in for a late scare as Taiwo Awoniyi pulled a goal back for the visitors. Arsenal were able to see it out after a few minutes of nervous action, but nonetheless, they got their season off to a start with three points.
With Palace away to follow, it’s hardly the easiest of games after the Eagles won their campaign opener against Sheffield United. Selhurst Park is a tough place to win, though Arsenal managed it last year in a 2-0 victory thanks to Gabriel Martinelli and a Marc Guehi own goal.
Heading into the game, Roy Hodgson has a few injury concerns to deal with in the build up to the game, though he has confirmed Guehi is fit after some issues last week. At this stage, Michael Olise, Matheus Franca, Will Hughes and Malcom Ebiowei are all ruled out of the clash.
Speaking to the media, Hodgson confirmed: “We still don’t have Will Hughes. We still don’t have Malcolm Ebiowei, because he’s not been there from the start. The young Brazilian boy, Matheus [França] is still in rehabilitation – we don’t quite know when he will be there for us – and of course we don’t have Michael [Olise].