Arsenal fans WERE very confident, in general, going into tonight’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Then, the teams were announced and things changed.
Arsenal were rocked by a double injury blow which left them without their two best centre-backs.
An illness picked up by Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny’s “mild back injury” means the Gunners will line up with Gabriel and Calum Chambers at the heart of their backline.
Liverpool striker Christian Benteke must be very excited.
The headline news from Liverpool’s selection was Brendan Rodgers opting to hand a rare start to Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.
Lucas’s selection, plus Mertesacker and Koscielny’s omissions, sent Twitter into overdrive.
Below are the best tweets.
— Spidy Duz It (@Spidyduzit) August 24, 2015
Arsenal have five players out injured already not even September ffs
— Jacques (@jackwalker1988) August 24, 2015
They dropped this like it’s a minor thing these two are out https://t.co/F0Sgupq0JB
— Vindi Says… (@TweetsOfVindi) August 24, 2015
This is such an Arsenal day/night. First no Benzema, then our 2 CBs miss tonight’s fixture. Yall make it easy for the troll gods, @Arsenal
— L/earner (@SlyMoruks) August 24, 2015
Arsenal’s defence looks weak but knowing Liverpool , we will not capitalise on this
— ☠ (@_EmreCant) August 24, 2015
@Arsenal what’s? is this the real lineup?
— Sanchez Army (@IdrisHaile) August 24, 2015
— Jack (@JackGood9) August 24, 2015