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David Luiz To Miss Arsenal’s Opening Match Against Fulham

David Luiz

Arsenal have announced that David Luiz will miss their Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday, with Nigel Winterburn considering the Brazilian to be a big loss.

The Gunners have disclosed that a neck spasm is keeping the experienced centre-half stuck on the sidelines.

A fitness update on the club’s official website – which also rules out Sokratis against the Cottagers – states that Luiz is currently being assessed and undergoing treatment with good response.

He will, however, play no part in a derby date with Fulham, meaning that Mikel Arteta must find suitable cover in his back line for a first competitive outing in 2020-21.

Former Arsenal full-back Winterburn fears Luiz’s absence could hit hard, telling Metro:

“I haven’t seen any of the new players in action, I don’t know whether they’re ready, whether Mikel Arteta thinks they’re going to be ready to come straight in.

“Luiz would’ve been a certainty because in the three I think he’s ideal as the middle centre-half because you want him, as I call it, to be the freedom player who is comfortable on the ball.

“Yes, he makes the odd mistake but also, I think as well he’s proven that when he’s given that type of role, his distribution is very good, he can play out from the back, I think the back three suits him down to the ground.

“So, I actually think that’s potentially going to be a big, big loss for the start of the season.”

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