Arsene Wenger faces quite the selection dilemma heading into next weekend's opening Premier League fixture against Liverpool.
Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have all been ruled out for Arsenal after being handed extended summer breaks, whilst Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere suffered recent injury setbacks.
As a result, central defence is where Wenger's problems lie, with Gabriel Paulista, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding his remaining choices.
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In central midfield, the Frenchman has a number of options at his disposal, whereas going forward, there's a distinct lack of replacements for Giroud.
Victory at the Emirates Stadium will be vital for Arsenal as they seek to end their wait for Premier League glory, though, so here's how Wenger should line up his side against Liverpool.
GK - PETR CECH
Spending £10 million on Cech last summer proved to be a great piece of business for Arsenal.
The recently-retired Czech Republic international, 34, will look to build upon a fine debut season with a win against Liverpool on the opening day. His leadership will prove vital.
RB - HECTOR BELLERIN
Another dead cert to start next Sunday, Bellerin has developed into one of the Premier League's best right-backs over the past two years.
The Spaniard, famed for his blistering pace going forward, is fondly remembered for his superb finish against Liverpool last year.
CB - GABRIEL PAULISTA
Since signing for Arsenal in 2015, Paulista has shown nothing but glimpses of his ability and potential.
Fast and tough in the tackle, the 25-year-old is Wenger's most experienced option after Koscielny and Mertesacker and must start, even if he is error prone.
CB - CALUM CHAMBERS
An important season awaits Chambers who, since completing a £16 million from Southampton, has flattered to deceive.
There's no doubting his ability, though, and when given the chance for consistent game time against teams like Liverpool, he might finally show what he's capable of.
LB - NACHO MONREAL
Monreal was nothing short of fantastic last term and will comfortably start ahead of Kieran Gibbs against Jurgen Klopp's men.
Hardworking and consistent, the Spaniard is a vital component at the back for Arsenal.
CM - FRANCIS COQUELIN
As Arsenal's best defensive midfielder, Coquelin will need to stand up and be counted against a Liverpool side brimming with attacking talent.
The Frenchman has come a long way over the past two years and shown signs of leadership in the centre of the park.
CM - MOHAMED ELNENY
Elneny has proved a sound investment in north London since completing a move in January, combining defensive nous with an eye for goal from range.
His all-action approach in midfield complements Coquelin and with Santi Cazorla and Granit Xhaka building fitness ahead of the new term, he should start.
RM - ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
Arsenal's star man throughout pre-season, Oxlade-Chamberlain is a man on a mission after scoring superb goals against RC Lens and Chivas.
The England youngster is vastly talented and could cause Liverpool all sorts of problems with his pace, power and skill on the right.
CAM - AARON RAMSEY
With Ozil still recovering from Euro 2016, Ramsey is Arsenal's next best option in the No.10 role.
The Welshman's blend of energy, creativity and willingness to shoot is perfectly suited to attacking midfield and, like a number of his teammates, he has a point to prove.
LM - ALEXIS SANCHEZ
Sanchez handed Arsenal a huge boost recently by returning to training.
He's the Gunners' best finisher and, following two fantastic seasons, the Chile international will want to kickstart his third in the best way possible against Liverpool.
ST - THEO WALCOTT
Bear with me here. Walcott has endured a poor pre-season but he's the best Arsenal have in Giroud's absence, even if he does want to play on the right.
The 27-year-old is deadly when on song and if - and that's a very big if - he can best utilise his pace, Liverpool's defence could be in for a difficult 90 minutes.
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