After almost three long months in which there was no soccer anywhere to talk about, in which the industry completely shut down and everyone just took a nice long vacation, the Premier League tries today to remind everyone that it still exists by starting it’s 25th anniversary season, about which I’m sure we won’t hear anything other than some muted affirmations of contentment with the status quo after today at all.
Arsenal head into today getting a head start on their annual injury crisis. In addition to Shkodran Mustafi, who while not hurt isn’t yet in full training after his Confed Cup exertions, Alexis is definitely missing out today with an abdominal strain, while Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey are late decisions after both picking up small knocks that kept them out of the Community Shield. It remains to be seen how much Per Mertesacker will contribute while the swelling on his forehead goes down, as well.
But still! Pessimism is for later! It’s opening day, and while that particular phrase probably means more to baseball fans, the first day of a season is always a good day. Optimism is still rampant, it’s a marathon not a sprint, and I’m glad you’re all along for the ride with us this season. It’s gonna be fun.
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Arsenal vs. Leicester City
Emirates Stadium, London
Friday, August 11, 2017
11.45AM PT/2.45PM ET/7.45PM BT