Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta ‘faces a struggle’ to keep six crucial stars happy

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will struggle to keep all of his forward players happy, according to William Gallas. The ex-Gunners skipper insists each player will be hoping to start every game but won’t be able to.

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Arsenal got their Premier League campaign up and running with a win over Nottingham Forest last Saturday. Arteta’s side are hoping to go one better than last season where they slipped up near the end to blow their chances of a first title in 19 years.

The Spaniard has bolstered his squad with four summer signings. One area of the pitch he is yet to add to is his frontline.

Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah were given the nod from the start against Forest. Leandro Trossard and Reiss Nelson had to settle for spots on the bench, while Gabriel Jesus is on the road to recovery from minor knee surgery.

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Arteta needs quality options in reserve following Arsenal’s return to the Champions League. He was often able to stick with the same front three last season but now will have to rotate more often.

Gallas says it is a positive for Arteta that he has different options in attack. However, the Frenchman admits that could also cause issues as he attempts to keep all six players happy.

Gallas told Genting Casino: “I think Arteta will be able to play with different styles, because all of Arsenal’s forwards are different. However, all the strikers will want to play every week, so it will be hard to fit them all in.

“However all the players give you different options, allowing Arsenal to compete in all of the trophies this year, now they are in the Champions League as well. Arteta will have a little headache to choose who should start.

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“Right now, it is the start of the season, but come the middle of the season, some may be upset that they are not starting, so the role of Arteta will be important to keep them calm.”

Arsenal are not back in action until Monday when they made the trip to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace. David Raya will be in line to be included in a Gunners squad for the first time after completing his loan move on Tuesday.

One player who will be absent is summer signing Jurrien Timber. The Dutchman has suffered a serious knee injury and could be out for a substantial part of the season.

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